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I have been an elementary and secondary school teacher and administrator. Currently, I am a faculty member in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. My M.Ed. and Ph.D. had a focus on the educational and linguistic experiences of children who moved from other countries to Canada.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Haiti school leadership and the Ontario Ministry of Education

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting with two colleagues from the Ontario Ministry of Education. Amy and I met when we both presented Ted Talks in Oakville in the winter. She is a math specialist at the OME. You can find her Ted Talk here:

Amy Lin Sixteen Mile TEDx Talk

She introduced me to Jhonel who is in the French unit at the OME and who grew up in Haiti. We had a great dinner meeting and I invited them to consider coming on our Laurier May trip to learn more about what Laurier is doing in Cap-Haitien and to provide leadership workshops for Haiti Ministry of National Education personnel and local teachers.

I am excited that all of the details have worked out and both will be joining us! Jhonel will be with the team for its entirety and Amy will join us for our time in Cap-Haitien. These are two highly qualified, passionate educators who will make a huge contribution to our group. I am working with our partners in Pignon and Cap-Haitien to arrange blocks of time for them to engage in partnership-building and leadership capacity-building. Their participation will significantly increase our profile in these areas.

Jhonel participated with a group of OME and Ontario French teachers in a Haiti teacher training trip last August and I am hoping that his knowledge of the language and culture will be a huge asset to our team. Perhaps this trip will also lead to an Ontario consortium of educators involved in educational leadership in Haiti. Stay tuned for more details!

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