Mary Walker Hope Director at Large

I feel very privileged to be on the Board of Directors for ECOO for this term. After attending BIT in 2014 and 2015, I was blown away by the knowledge and community that filled the space. That, in turn, inspired me to bring my own learning to the table so I took on the role of presenter in 2016. Throughout my 35 years of teaching, I have loved thinking and creating curriculum that could be considered outside the box. Students thrive when education is relevant and if we, as educators, can step out of our comfort zone and take some risks with different approaches to learning, we will see an impact. ECOO is a community that embodies that risk-taking approach and I strongly agree with Adele’s vision for ECOO in that we need to increase the organization’s visibility as a powerful tool for Ontario educators to embrace for current thinking, resources and connections for educational technology. I am excited to help facilitate that.

PROVINCIAL & INTERNATIONAL INVOLVEMENT:

  • Prologue to the Performing Arts Teacher Advisory committee
  • Bloxels EDU ambassador
  • Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference presenter (2015 & 2016)
  • Minister of Education Together for Learning Showcase presenter (T4L) (2016)
  • Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Teacher Advisory Committee member (2010-2012)
  • Learning Connections initiative funded by the Secretariat of Numeracy and Literacy – KPR District Champions team member
  • Co-writer of the Grade 6 Music resources created to accompany the new Arts Curriculum (2010)

BOARD INVOLVEMENT:

  • Arts Consultant Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
  • KPRts and Leadership Camp director for Grade 7&8 leaders in the Arts
  • Arts Integration/FNMI collaborative inquiries and technology inquiries facilitator
  • Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Music workshops facilitator and presenter
  • Math/Dance integration workshop presenter

SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY INITIATIVES:

  • Co-planning and co-teaching with tech integration and inquiry
  • Technology Innovations Project recipient – $15,000 for the development of inclusionary practices in the Primary (K-3) division using iPads and MakerSpace tech tools
  • Learning Commons/Makerspace creation
  • ‘Genius Hour’ facilitator – Grade 8
  • Technology Innovations Planning (TIP) chairperson
  • Teacher in Charge of Technology (TCT)
  • Director of choir, concert & jazz band, high school musicals & elementary school operettas
  • Ontario Educational Leadership Center (OELC) Elementary Fine Arts: Music facilitator

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

  • Winner of the Gale/Library Media Connections TEAMS Award (2015)
  • Recipient of a KPRDSB accolade for enhancing public education (2016)
  • Recipient of the provincial Nova Scotia Education Week Award for Supporting the Arts