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The High Performing Educator Podcast

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The High Performing Educator Podcast is hosted by keynote speaker Sam Demma. By tuning in, you will hear the journeys, beliefs and strategies of heart-centred and ambitious educators. You can expect interviews with Principals, Teachers, Guidance Counsellors and National Student Association Director… read more

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Hoi Leung - Principal of Pickering High School

December 7th, 2022


Hoi Leung is the principal of Pickering High School in the Durham District School Board. He has been teaching for over 25 years and determined he …

Jason Kupery - Director of Learning for the Palliser School Division

December 5th, 2022


Jason Kupery is a Director of Learning for the Palliser School Division which serves students and families in both Southern Alberta and the city of …

Jeremy and Lynn Hayes - Two Incredible Humans Pioneering the Allie Sunshine Project

December 2nd, 2022


The Allie Sunshine Project is a not-for-profit organization, and their core purpose is to ignite learning and wellness. They create events and initiatives within Windsor-Essex County that provide a nurturing and …

Paolo Morrone - Principal at St Andrew Catholic School

November 30th, 2022


Paolo Morrone (@StAndrewStormP) is currently the Principal at St Andrew Catholic School. He started his career as a teacher at St. Jude Catholic …

A Powerful Idea for the Start of a New Semester

November 28th, 2022


Mr. Loudfoot is a teacher that changed my life. He is retired now, although his practices and philosophies live on. In today's episode, I share an idea he used at the beginning of our semester/term that enabled him to …

Brent Dickson - A masterclass on events, engagement ideas and becoming the least popular teacher in your school (It's not what you think...)

November 25th, 2022


Brent Dickson (@brent_dickson) is a leadership & physical education teacher at Centennial High School. In 2005 Centennial High School started …

Anita Bondy is the Team Lead of the International Cohort-Based Master Admissions at the University of Windsor

November 23rd, 2022


Anita Bondy is the Team Lead of the International Cohort-Based Master Admissions at the University of Windsor. In this role, Anita oversees the …

Empty Your Backpack (Spoken Word Poem)

November 21st, 2022


Here is the link to watch the animation on Youtube:

Empty Your Backpack is a spoken word poem created by Sam Demma that encourages you to realize that people's words don't …

Darrell Glenn - Head coach of the University of Prince Edward Men's Varsity Basketball Team

November 18th, 2022


Darrell Glenn is the head coach of the University of Prince Edward men's varsity basketball team. He has coached basketball at various programs throughout Ontario and is currently in Prince Edward Island.

He was a high …

Tracy Beaulieu - Administrative Support Leader

November 16th, 2022


Tracy Beaulieu is an Administrative Support Leader for the Public Schools Branch in Prince Edward Island. She has a passion for teaching and learning …

Chris Andrew - Teacher, Administrator and Coach with the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division for Over 30 years

November 14th, 2022

Chris has been a teacher/administrator/coach with the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division for over 30 years. He began his career as an High …

Alexis Epp - 3rd Year Student at the University of Regina (Bachelor of Social Work)

November 11th, 2022


Alexis Epp helped develop and launch the Mental Wellness 30L program through the Sunwest School Division. She is finishing her 3rd year of her …

James Trodden - Assistant Superintendent of Learning at Buffalo Trail Public School

November 9th, 2022

James is the Assistant Superintendent of Learning at Buffalo Trail Public Schools. Having spent over 27 years as an educator, James has a variety …

Donald Mulligan - Principal at Kensington Intermediate Senior High School and President of the Prince Edward Island Association of School Administrators

November 7th, 2022


Donald Mulligan is principal at Kensington Intermediate Senior High School. He previously work as Principal at Kinkora Regional High School and …

Jennifer Bradbury - Executive Director of the Taco Bell Foundation

November 4th, 2022


Jennifer (Jen) Bradbury is the Executive Director of the Taco Bell Foundation. Jen studied Sociology and Anthropology at UCLA and followed it up with …

Vickie Morgado - Elementary Guidance Experiential Learning Teacher

November 2nd, 2022

Vickie has been an elementary educator in Ontario, Canada, for over 20 years. She has taught multiple grades and is currently an EGELT (Elementary …

Terry Jordens, Brooklyn Lund and Jasmine Lund - Three Passionate Educators in the Holy Family Catholic School Division

October 31st, 2022


Terry Jordens is the Superintendent of Student Services & Assessment for Holy Family RCSSD #140 Terry Jordens grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan …

Don Middleton - Assistant Principal at Lester B. Pearson High School in Calgary

October 28th, 2022


Don Middleton is an Assistant Principal at Lester B. Pearson High School in Calgary. Don has been an educator for 30 years. During his career, Don …

Sheri Lowrie - Communications and Events Coordinator at the University of Windsor

October 26th, 2022


Sheri Lowrie (@sherilowrie) is currently a Communications & Events Coordinator at the University of Windsor. In March of 2022, Sheri received the Windsor Proud Award, which recognizes an individual who continuously …

Amy Andrew - Education Assistant at Red Deer Catholic and Red Deer Public School Divisions

October 24th, 2022

Amy Andrew was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta. At the age of 18, she became an Education Assistant working both for Red Deer Catholic and …

Dr. Elaina Guilmette - Wellness Coordinator in Sun West School Division

October 21st, 2022

Elaina Guilmette is a curriculum development coordinator for the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan and a …

Dave Levy - Language Arts Teacher at Green Acres School and Passionate Athletic Director

October 19th, 2022


Dave Levy (@DavidAsherLevy) is a passionate Athletic Director and Educator. Throughout his career Dave has been motivated by student choice and …

Dr. Ann Hawkins - Chief Innovation and Marketing Officer at Health Karma Group

October 17th, 2022


I am Ann Hawkins, Ph.D. Early in my career, I recognized the time and financial benefits of preventive healthcare, that being wellcare and keeping people healthy. Understanding the positive economic,
personal, and …

Dr. Sunaina Sharma - Program Leader at the Halton District School Board and Practicum Advisor at Brock University

October 14th, 2022

Dr. Sunaina Sharma is an in-school program leader and secondary teacher with over twenty years of experience teaching with the Halton District …

John (João) Linhares - Vice Principal at St André Bessette Catholic School in Ajax, Ontario

October 12th, 2022


John Linhares (@MrJLinhares), is the Vice Principal at St André Bessette Catholic School in Ajax, Ontario. John started his journey in Education in …

Tom Stones - Grade 8 Teacher at Innisfail Middle School in Alberta

October 10th, 2022

Tom Stones is a grade 8 teacher at Innisfail Middle School in Innisfail, Alberta. In 24 years, he has taught all core subjects and dozens of option …

Small Consistent Actions Sam Demma - TEDxYouth@Toronto

October 7th, 2022


Tune into this episode to hear Sam's TEDx Talk, "Small, Consistent Actions." What if everything you have ever learnt about change and social impact …

Char Andrew - Health & Wellness Coordinator at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

October 5th, 2022


Char's first job is being a mother and wife. She married Chris for 30 years and has 3 amazing children. Her second job is working as the Health and …

Richard Karikari - Former CFL Athlete and Co-Founder of Complete Performance Centre

October 3rd, 2022


As a proven leader in the domestic and international sports industries, Richard is known for his skills and experience in sports business operations, training and conditioning, minor association team management and his …

Eric Keunne - Program Lead, Youth Settlement (K-12), Equity and Inclusive Education at the Halton District School Board

September 30th, 2022

Eric Keunne is an Educator and Instructional Program Leader for Youth Settlement (K-12). He is also a Research Assistant for the Camerise Project (FSL hub) and a PhD student in Francophone Studies at York University.   …

Jesse Macdonald - Prince Edward Island's Chef of the Year

September 28th, 2022


Growing up, Jesse MacDonald had no aspirations of becoming a chef. Raised in Launching, PEI, he was born into a fourth-generation lobster fishing …

Lorne “ABE” Abramson - Provincial Advisor for the Nova Scotia Secondary Students Association and Historian

September 26th, 2022


Lorne has been a lifelong advocate for youth with diabetes as well as youth empowerment. He has been very successful at developing and supporting …

Atul Temurnikar - Co-Founder and Chairman, Global Schools Foundation (Singapore)

September 23rd, 2022


Atul Temurnikar is a prominent member of the education industry in ASEAN, North & South Asia & Middle East. Now he serves as co-founding …

Dan Wolfe - Assistant Principal at Sunray Elementary School in Pasco County, Florida

September 21st, 2022


Dan Wolfe has served in Pasco County, Florida for more than 20 years. During this time, he has held roles as a teacher, instructional coach and …

Scott Johnson - Principal at Bowmanville High School

September 19th, 2022


Scott Johnson (@ScottJohnsonP) is the principal at Bowmanville High School. He started his career as a high school physical education teacher in …

Jennifer Meeker - Principal of Special Education K-12 at the Upper Grand District School Board

September 16th, 2022


Jennifer Meeker (@jennmeeker), is the Principal of Special Education K-12 at the Upper Grand District School Board. Starting as an elementary teacher …

Dawn Thompson - Strait Area Regional Advisor of the Nova Scotia Secondary School Students' Association (NSSSA)

September 14th, 2022


Dawn grew up in Scarborough, Ontario and was educated at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is an educator with over 25 years of …

Peter Sovran - Director of Education at the Upper Grand District School Board

September 12th, 2022


Peter Sovran’s career portfolio over the past twenty-seven years has included a variety of high profile, extensive and demanding senior leadership …

Dr. Quintin Shepherd - Superintendent of the Victoria Independent School District and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston, Victoria

September 9th, 2022

Dr. Shepherd is in his fourth year as Superintendent for the Victoria Independent School District. When he came to Victoria, his first priority was …

Melanie Randall - Dance, English, Canadian & World Studies Teacher at Chatham Kent Secondary School

September 7th, 2022


Melanie Randall has been teaching and coaching dance at the LKDSB for over 20 years. Her lifelong passion for dance began at the age of two, …

Larry Paquette - Principal at Northern Secondary School in Sturgeon Falls

September 5th, 2022


Laurent (Larry) Paquette is the Principal at Northern Secondary School in Sturgeon Falls. He started his career at L’école secondaire catholique …

Season 2 Finale - "Empty Your Backpack"

July 4th, 2022


The High Performing Educator now has over 230 featured interviews and articles with educators all around the globe! Thank you for being a part of this community as a listener or a guest. Have an amazing summer break and …

Jim Rieder B.Ed M.A – Head of Institutes and Strategic Development (Part 2)

June 24th, 2022


Jim (@riederj) leads the flagship Institute program at West Island College. providing students with academic focused experiential opportunities …

Tara Connor, Ed.D. - Principal, Abbey Park High School in the Halton District School Board

June 22nd, 2022


Tara Connor is the Principal of Abbey Park High School in the Halton District School Board. She spent her upbringing following her passions of music, …

Reg Lavergne - Superintendent of Instruction, Innovation and Adolescent Learning and Student Success at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

June 20th, 2022


Reg Lavergne is the Superintendent of Instruction for Southeast schools and for the Ottawa-Carleton Virtual Secondary School (OCVSS). Reg supports …

Steph Pearson - Learning Technology Consultant, e-Learning Lead, Ottawa Catholic School Board, Ottawa ON Canada

June 17th, 2022


Steph is an engagement, education, and technology expert. She is constantly working to unlearn mindsets which result in inequities for Indigenous, …

Jacqueline Newton - Superintendent of Education Innovation & Ingenuity School Operations, VSS & Gary Allan Learning Centres

June 15th, 2022


Jacqueline is entering her 35th year as a learner and is on a quest for more! Having taught in three Ontario boards as well as at the Faculty of …

Josh Windsor - Principal at Grand River Collegiate in the Waterloo Region District School Board

June 13th, 2022

Josh Windosr is the Principal at Grand River Collegiate in Kitchener, Ontario. He has worked in numerous sectors including social services, business …

Curtis Carmichael - “CC the Futurist”

June 10th, 2022


Curtis is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, STEM and hip-hop teacher, social entrepreneur, and the founder of Source Code Academy Canada — …

Jeannie Armstrong - Superintendent of Learning: Special Education Services, Faith/Equity & Indigenous Education at the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic School Board

June 8th, 2022


Written directly from Jeannie:

Originally thought about Communications. Had the opportunity to be on local radio as a teenager and I really liked the experience. One of my best friends was killed in a car accident a …

Kathleen Moro - Principal at Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School

June 6th, 2022


Kathleen Moro (@MrsKathleenMoro), is the Principal at Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School in Burlington, Ontario.  She has worked with the …

Shane Beckett - Principal at Donald Young School/Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program

June 3rd, 2022


Shane Beckett (@mrshanebeckett), is the Principal at Donald Young School in Emo, ON. He started his career as a teacher at Onigaming School at …

Heather Pierce - Principal at Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute

June 1st, 2022


Heather Pierce is the Principal of Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute in Guelph. After completing her BA., BEd. in 1998, Heather began …

Robyn Hollohan RMSS B.Sc, B.Ed, M.Ed - Junior High Science Teacher at Roland Michener Secondary School

May 30th, 2022

Robyn Hollohan (@kathholl99), is a junior high science teacher at Roland Michener Secondary School in Slave Lake, Alberta. She recently finished her …

Laura Briscoe - Learning Coordinator of Innovation at the Thames Valley District School Board

May 27th, 2022


Innovation, experiential learning, and global citizenship are at the heart of Laura Briscoe’s teaching philosophy. Laura is a forward-thinking …

Julie Mathé - Principal at St. Mother Teresa High School

May 25th, 2022

Julie Mathé has been an educator with the Ottawa Catholic School Board for over 25 years. She began her career teaching multiple subjects in the …

Chris St. Amand - Leader of Experiential Learning at the St. Clair Catholic District School Board

May 23rd, 2022


Chris was born and raised in beautiful Sarnia, Ontario. He left to attend University in London. He enjoyed four great years at King’s University …

Peter Bowman - Principal of Orillia Secondary School

May 20th, 2022


Peter Bowman is the Principal of Orillia Secondary School in Orillia, Ontario. He began his career working with young people as a soccer coach at the …

David Wilson - Principal at Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute

May 18th, 2022


Dave Wilson is the Principal of Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, Ontario. He has been Principal at CHCI since January 2020. Before …

Ryan McDonnell - Principal at Superior CVI in Thunder Bay

May 16th, 2022

Ryan McDonnell is very proud to be the principal at Superior CVI in Thunder Bay.  Superior CVI is an incredibly diverse and inclusive community …

Brian McKenzie - Principal at Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School

May 6th, 2022


Brian McKenzie has more than 30 years of experience in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. Armed with a B.Ed. From Western in 1992, …

Mark Cossarin - Principal at Lindsay Collegiate & VocationaI Institute

May 4th, 2022


I did my undergraduate degree with a major in physical education and a minor in sociology at York University. I grew up ten minutes away, so it was …

Cassandra Tenbergen - Principal at Marymount Academy (SCDSB)

May 2nd, 2022


Cassandra Tenbergen is the principal of Marymount Academy.  The only all-girls school in Northern Ontario.  In her 12-year career as a principal, she …

Barrie Walsh - Retired math teacher in the Halifax Regional Centre for Education

April 29th, 2022


Barrie Walsh (@bwalsh125) has been teaching math for more than forty-four years in the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. Barrie has won awards, including Teacher of the Year, three times at Sir John A. Macdonald …

Andrew Boon - Principal at Notre Dame College School

April 27th, 2022


Andrew Boon is the Principal at Notre Dame College School in Welland, Ontario.   He is the recipient of the 2021 Inspiration Award from the Niagara …

Carl Cini - Principal at Iona Catholic Secondary School (DPCDSB)

April 25th, 2022


Carl Cini (@cjrpc55) is the Principal at Iona Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga. He began his career at Loyola CSS in 1995. Since then, Carl …

Sean Ruddy - Principal of Student Success and Specialized Programs at Near North District School Board

April 22nd, 2022

Sean Ruddy (@SeanRuddy14), is the Principal of Student Success and Specialized Programs at the Near North District School Board. He started his …

Staci Whittle - Principal at Niagara Children’s Centre School Authority

April 20th, 2022


Staci Whittle is currently the Principal at the Niagara Children’s Centre School Authority, located in St Catharines, Ontario. She has been in …

Michelina Battaglini - Principal at Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School

April 18th, 2022


Michelina Battaglini (@BATTAGLINI_dpc), is the Principal at Cardinal Ambrozic C.S.S. in Brampton. She is a recipient of Principal of the Year Award …

Paul DeVuono - Vice Principal at St. Anthony's Catholic School (BGCDSB)

April 15th, 2022

Paul DeVuono ( is the Vice-Principal at St. Anthony's Separate School in Kincardine, ON. Paul continues to be a strong …

Rebecca Newcombe - Principal at Aldershot School (HDSB)

April 13th, 2022

Rebecca Newcombe is the Principal of Aldershot School in Burlington, Ontario.  She has been part of the Halton District School Board for 20 years.  …

Jacquie Pece - Principal at Craig Kielburger Secondary School (HDSB)

April 11th, 2022


Jacquie Pece ( has been in education for 33 years. She began as an Health and Physical Education and English teacher. She also worked in Guidance and as a behavioural specialist in Special Education. She …

Sarah Caldwell-Bennett - Leader of Experiential Learning for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB)

April 8th, 2022


Sarah Caldwell-Bennett (@SarahCalBen), is the Leader of Experiential Learning for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB) in Treaty #3, …

Dave Ryan - Mayor of the City of Pickering (Fifth term)

April 6th, 2022


Mayor Dave Ryan and his wife Anne have lived in Pickering since 1985, where they raised their two daughters and welcomed three granddaughters. Mayor Ryan was first elected to Pickering City Council in 1994. He retired …

Craig Zimmer - TED-ED Innovative Educator and Teacher with the DCDSB

April 4th, 2022


Craig Zimmer (@dropthedott) has been a history teacher for 24 years, 23 of those at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Pickering. He is a TED-Ed …

Jason Pratt - Principal at St. Martin Catholic Secondary School

April 1st, 2022


Jason Pratt (@principal_pratt), is the Principal at St. Martin Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga. He is in his 22nd year in education, and …

Tina Noel - Experiential Learning Coordinator Renfrew County Catholic DSB

March 30th, 2022


Tina Noel is the Experiential Learning Coordinator at the Renfrew County Catholic DSB. She is responsible for providing the students on her board …

Maren Abuzukar and Bryanna Rentz - Two Student Leaders from Buffalo Trail Public Schools

March 28th, 2022


About Maren Abuzukar:

Hi, I'm Maren, I'm a high school senior at J.R. Robson Highschool, in rural Vermilion, Alberta. I'm super passionate about …

Eleanor McIntosh - Founding member of the Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators (ONABSE) and the Principal of Ajax High School

March 25th, 2022


Eleanor is a secondary Principal within the Durham District School Board. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration …

Andrea Taylor - Principal at Gary Allan Learning Centres for Adult, Alternative & Continuing Education

March 23rd, 2022

Andrea Taylor is a Secondary Principal with the Halton District School Board and she is presently responsible for the Gary Allan Learning Centres …

Nicholas Varricchio - Principal at M.M. Robinson High School (HDSB)

March 21st, 2022


Nick Varricchio is the current Principal of M.M. Robinson High School of the Halton District School Board located in Burlington Ontario. Nick's …

Ryan Fahey - CEO of Fahey Consulting & Amazon Best-Selling Author

March 18th, 2022


Ryan Fahey (@wellnessrf) is a 3-time author, speaker, and edupreneur who is passionate about personal growth and well-being. He is the Owner of

Patrick Schultz – Director of Education, Director of Technology Integration at Business Professionals of America

March 16th, 2022


Prior to joining the National BPA staff, Patrick Schultz had a very successful teaching career in Career and Technical Education with a focus on …

Ron LeClair - Trustee at the Greater Essex District School Board

March 14th, 2022


Born and Raised in LaSalle Ontario, Ron (@ron_leclair) attend the University of Windsor where he obtained a BA in Political Science and a …

Peter LeBlanc - Author and Retired Ontario and International principal

March 11th, 2022


Peter LeBlanc a retired Ontario and International principal. His most recent work was as principal of the Canadian Section of the SHAPE International …

Nicola Whitehouse - Vice-Principal at St. Peter High School

March 9th, 2022


Nicola Whitehouse (@MrsNWhitehouse), is Vice-Principal at St. Peter Catholic High School in Orleans. The first nine years of her teaching career were …

Glenn Gifford - Principal at Saint Michael Catholic High School

March 7th, 2022


Glenn Gifford has worked for the Niagara Catholic District School Board for over 28 years. Currently, he is the Principal of Saint Michael Catholic …

Darryl Tinney – Principal at Sioux North High School

March 4th, 2022


Darryl Tinney (@DTinney17) is an Indigenous educator and has been in education for 23 years, starting his career as an unqualified supply teacher while working towards his Ba/Bed at Lakehead University.  Darryl’s first …

Valerie Dumoulin – Proud Principal of Ecole Secondaire Cochrane High School

March 2nd, 2022


Valerie (@Val_Dumoulin) is a proud member of Taykwa Tagamou First Nation and a wife and mother to two amazing children. She is approaching her …

Annibale Iarossi – Principal at St. Marcellinus Secondary School

February 28th, 2022


Annibale Iarossi (@Princ_Iarossi), is the Principal at St. Marcellinus Secondary School in Mississauga.  Annibale’s passion has always been working …

Coral Klein – Principal of Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute (LDSB)

February 25th, 2022


With 28 years of experience in secondary education, Coral Klein is the current principal of Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Thunder …

Rob Gilmour - Principal of Loyola School of Adult and Continuing Education

February 23rd, 2022


Rob has been an educator for over 30 years with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and involved in computer-managed and …

Al Mclean - Principal at Timmins High & Vocational School

February 21st, 2022


Al Mclean has been an educator for 25 years and is currently the Principal at Timmins High & Vocational School (TH & VS). Al taught in a …

Andrea Holwegner - CEO of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc "The Chocoholic Nutritionist TM"

February 18th, 2022


Andrea Holwegner is the founder and CEO of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc. established in 2000. Her mission is to empower people to create a …

Phebe Lam - Associate Vice-President, Student Experience UWindsor (Acting) 

February 16th, 2022


UWindsor alumna Phebe Lam (@Phebe_Lam) (BSc 1995, BA 1997) began a two-year appointment as acting associate vice-president, student experience, on …

Alana Principe - Grade One Teacher with the Halton Catholic District School Board

February 14th, 2022


Alana Principe (@MissPrincipe) is a grade one teacher with the Halton Catholic District School Board. Before teaching Grade One, she taught Grade …

Karen Kettle - Retired Science Teacher and Author of Countdown To Camp

February 11th, 2022


Karen Kettle is passionate about the power of student-led leadership programs. Throughout her career with the Durham District School Board, Karen has …

Greg McLean - Principal of Sacred Heart Catholic School in Bruce Grey County

February 9th, 2022

Greg McLean has been in the educational field for the past 28 years as a teacher, school administrator and instructor for Niagara University and …

Cathy Beauchamp - Principal at Englehart High School in North Eastern Ontario

February 7th, 2022


Cathy Beauchamp is a principal at Englehart High School (Grades 7 -12). She started in administration in 2006 as the vice principal of Timiskaming …

Sara Lindberg - Educational Consultant at CESA #11 and World Traveller

February 4th, 2022

Sara Lindberg has had a non-traditional pathway to becoming an educator, including turns as a freelance writer, independent filmmaker, administrative assistant, and veterinary clinic manager.   After going back to …

Adriano Carota - Classroom Teacher at St. Mary's College in Sault Ste. Marie

February 2nd, 2022


Adriano began his journey of working with youth during his time in residence life at the University of Waterloo and Western University. That …

Mike Thiessen - Instruction, Curriculum, & Technology Coordinator at Fort La Bosse School Division

January 31st, 2022


Mike Thiessen is the Instruction, Curriculum and Technology Co-ordinator at Fort La Bosse School Division. Over the past 20+ years he has worked in …

Natasha Daniel - Program Coordinator at MCG Careers Inc and Certified Career Development Practitioner

January 28th, 2022


Natasha Daniel is a bilingual (French and English) project manager in the Youth Skills and Employment Program at MCG Careers.  A Certified Career Development Practitioner, Certified Work-Life Balance Coach, Certified …

Pamela Pereyra - CEO & Founder of Media Savvy Citizens and Media Education Expert

January 26th, 2022


Pamela is passionate about helping youth and adults in their drive for transformative experiences through critical thought, creative expression and …

Larry Tomiyama - Consultant and Retired Administrator with 32 Years of Experience in Education

January 24th, 2022


After spending over 30 years of his life as an administrator in the Calgary School system in Canada, Larry was gifted the opportunity to work with …

Erika Rath - Director of Student Services at The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (Part 2)

January 21st, 2022


Erika Rath is the Director of Student Services and teacher at The Sacred Heart School of Montreal. Erika has been working in the educational field …

Tali Aziza M.S.W., R.S.W. - School Counsellor at Netivot HaTorah Day School

January 19th, 2022


Tali is a Registered Social Worker who works at a Modern Orthodox Jewish Day School in Thornhill Ontario. She works specifically with students in …

Elijah Johnson - Secondary Division National President Business Professionals of America

January 17th, 2022

Elijah Johnson is a 17-year-old senior at Blaine High School, in Blaine, Minnesota. Although he's involved in a variety of extracurriculars, he's …

Dr. Leslie D. Sukup - Associate Professor of Management at Ferris State University College of Business

January 14th, 2022


Dr. Sukup is currently an Associate Professor of Management at Ferris State University where she is currently teaching Team Dynamics-Organizational Behavior, Quality-Operations Management, Business Integrated Experience …

John Lucas Guimaraes - Post-secondary National President of Business Professionals of America

January 12th, 2022


John Lucas Guimaraes serves as the Executive President of the Post-secondary Division of Business Professionals of America, an international Career and Technical Student Organization. 

John Lucas lives in Massachusetts …

Mike O'Neil - Superintendent of Education at the Durham Catholic District School Board

January 10th, 2022


Mike O’Neill has over 25 years of experience as an educator, consultant and school administrator with DCDSB. In addition, he has played many …

Bridget Weiss - TIME featured Educator and Superintendent of the Juneau School District

January 7th, 2022


Dr. Bridget Weiss is the Superintendent of the Juneau School District. After graduating high school in Juneau, Bridget graduated from Whitworth …

Michelle Lemaire - System Principal at the Halton District School Board Welcome Centre

January 5th, 2022


Michelle Lemaire (@MsLemaire) is an educator for over 20 years, starting her teaching career as a math teacher in Seoul, Korea. Born in Singapore, …

Robert Legace - Creator and Lead Teacher of the GENESIS Program

January 3rd, 2022

Robert is the father of four wonderful teenage and adult children. He is married to the most patient woman in the world- Debra; together they strive …

Becky Stewart - Music Director at Yuba Gardens Intermediate School

December 31st, 2021

Becky Stewart is starting her sixth year as director of music at Yuba Gardens Intermediate School in Olivehurst, California. She graduated with …

Nicole Philp - Consultant, Ministry of Education

December 29th, 2021


Regardless of whether she is teaching ‘Outdoor School’ students how to sleep in a quinzhee during a frigid Saskatchewan winter or working at a desk …

Dave Barrett - Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) Coordinator for the Bluewater District School Board and the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board

December 27th, 2021


Dave Barrett is the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) Coordinator for the Bluewater District School Board and the Bruce-Grey Catholic …

Kirstin Johnson - Vice President of Competitive Events, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

December 24th, 2021


Kirstin Johnson joins the National Executive Council with six years of FCCLA experience. Previously, she served as the Washington State Vice President of Competitive Events and Washington State Vice President of Region …

Sara Daddario - English Teacher and Director of Student Activities at Kennedy High School

December 22nd, 2021

Sara Daddario is a teacher in Southern California who believes that all students can achieve if they know that they are seen, supported, and have a voice. She has been working with teens for 15 years teaching …

Scott Mclnnis - Leadership Teacher and Teacher Librarian at Selkirk Secondary School

December 20th, 2021


Scott Mclnnis is the Leadership Teacher and Teacher Librarian at Selkirk Secondary School.  Scott is passionate about helping students appreciate the …

Mike Loudfoot - Former educator with over 30 years of experience.

December 17th, 2021


Simply put, Mike is the teacher that changed my life as a high school student and young man.  When I think about my experience as a student, it was …

Tracey Klinkhammer - Management Co-op at The University of Toronto Scarborough Campus

December 16th, 2021


Inspiring students to succeed is what Tracey Klinkhammer aspires to in her role at the University of Toronto Scarborough’s Management Co-op …

Tom D’Amico - Director of Education with the Ottawa Catholic School Board

December 15th, 2021


Tom D’Amico is the Director of Education with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. He has over 31 years of experience in education and has had many …

Tina Edwards - President of the Saskatchewan Association of Student Council Advisors

December 13th, 2021

Tina Edwards has been an educator in Saskatchewan for the past 27 years, but still considers herself a rookie in the education game.  Student leadership has been a passion of hers since she entered the teaching …

Leslie Loewen - Campus Culture Manager at Fresno Unified School District

December 10th, 2021


Leslie Loewen is the Campus Culture Manager at Fresno Unified School District.  Her students call her "MommaLoew" and she oversees nearly 70,000 of …

Pat Riddlesprigger - Athletic Manager at the Fresno Unified School District

December 8th, 2021


Pat Riddlesprigger was born and raised in the Fresno, California.  The youngest of 2 boys, he is a product of the Central Valley.  Pat has spent majority of his personal and professional life attending or employed by …

Lesleigh Dye - Director of the District School Board Ontario North East

December 6th, 2021


Lesleigh Dye was Superintendent of Schools for Rainbow District School Board since 2006.  She has been responsible for many portfolios from …

Manny Figueiredo - Director of Education at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

December 3rd, 2021


Manny Figueiredo became Director of Education at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on August 1, 2015.

Michelle Strube-Hauser - Vice-Principal and Student Council Advisor at Melfort Comprehensive School

December 1st, 2021


Michelle started her teaching career in 1991 in Outlook, Saskatchewan teaching Business Education.  Her career then took her to Manitoba and then eventually back to Saskatchewan.  In 1998 she took a teaching job at …

Bridgit Moore - Leadership Teacher and Student Activity Director at Grace Davis High School

November 29th, 2021


Bridgit Moore is the Leadership teacher and Activity Director for Grace Davis High School.  She has been an educator for 20 years and has done a …

Scott Kirkness – Teacher in the Southeast Cornerstone Public School Division

November 26th, 2021


Scott Kirkness is an educator living in Southeastern Saskatchewan. Raised and educated in Ontario, he moved west in 2013 after teaching in the UK. …

Kelly Weaver - Director of Student Activities at Iolani School & Founder of Soulvivor808

November 24th, 2021


Kelly Weaver (@NaturalRedHead) is the student activities director at Iolani School in Hawaii. When she's not in the school building, Kelly is a …

Aubrey Patterson - 30-Year Teacher, Principal, Superintendent & Founder of Warm Demanders

November 22nd, 2021


Aubrey Patterson (@PattersonAubrey) spent 30 years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in a high-performing school district. Today, he is …

Alexandra (Allie) Raper - Signature Programs, Senior Specialist at Canadian Cancer Society

November 19th, 2021


Alexandra (Allie) Raper is the signature program, senior specialist at the Canadian Cancer Society. 

She is responsible for creating new business and enhancing current business opportunities throughout Post-Secondary …

Shonna Barth - Principal of Crescent Heights High School

November 17th, 2021


Shonna Barth (@ShonnaBarth), is the Principal at Crescent Heights High School. She is a recipient of the 2020-2021 Distinguished Leadership Award …

Dulcie Belchior-Demedeiros - Principal of Student Success at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

November 15th, 2021


Dulcie has been in education for the past 20 years. She is currently the Principal of Student Success, Learning to 18 and Secondary Program at the …

Peter Prochilo - Superintendent of School Effectiveness, Sudbury Catholic District school Board

November 12th, 2021


Peter Prochilo is currently a Superintendent of Education with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board. His portfolio includes the supervision of …

Eric Windeler - Founder & Executive Director of

November 10th, 2021


Eric started with his wife Sandra Hanington and their closest friends in May 2010 after losing their son Jack to suicide. Since then, Eric …

Douglas L. Gleddie, PhD - President of Physical and Health Education Canada and Professor at the University of Alberta

November 8th, 2021


Douglas L. Gleddie, PhD, is a husband and father who also happens to be an Associate Professor and Acting Vice-Dean/Associate Dean Academic in the …

Kevin Wendling - Elementary School Principal at Northeastern Catholic District School Board

November 5th, 2021


Kevin has been in education for well over 25 years and his diverse experiences working in different school boards, countries, and roles have given …

Paulette Lippert - Experiential Learning Leader for Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board

November 3rd, 2021


Paulette Lippert is passionate about all things education.  She has been devoting her time and energy to her work for the past 27-years.  Growing up …

Paul Dols - Climate & Culture Coordinator at Monrovia High School in Southern California

November 1st, 2021


Paul Dols is the Climate & Culture Coordinator at Monrovia High School in Southern California. His responsibilities include being Activities …

Michelle Dittmer - President and Co-Founder at Canadian Gap Year Association (Part 2)

October 29th, 2021


Michelle is an Ontario Certified Teacher and holds a B.Sc. from McMaster in Biology, a B.Ed. from the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology …

Andy Speers - Intermediate teacher at Elora Public School and Co-Creator of Empowerment Day

October 27th, 2021

Andy Speers is an intermediate teacher at Elora Public School.  He has been teaching for 17 years and is passionate about experiential learning and …

Brent Mattix - Activities Director for Roseville High School in California

October 25th, 2021


Brent Mattix is the current activities director for Roseville High School, in Roseville, California.  He had the honor of attending Roseville High …

Jerell Maneja - Activities Director for Milpitas High School

October 22nd, 2021

Jerell Maneja is an Activities Director for Milpitas High School. Since stepping into this role two years ago, Jerell is working to redefine the …

Lisa Nichols - Vice Principal on Special Assignment GOAL 2 Office/ School Leadership

October 20th, 2021


Lisa Nichols was born in Daly City, CA and moved to Fresno at the age of three. She graduated from Hoover High School in 1991. Lisa is the first in …

Debbie Hawkins - Campus Culture Director at Sunnyside High School in Fresno Unified

October 18th, 2021


Debbie Hawkins is the Campus Culture Director at Sunnyside High School in Fresno Unified, but grew up in the south valley and is a first-generation …

Kevin Fochs - Executive Director of Alaska FFA

October 15th, 2021


Kevin Fochs is the Executive Director of the Alaska FFA. Kevin spent 32 years in the classroom and is an award-winning agriculture educator and FFA …

Terresa Amidei - Activities Director for Desert Ridge Academy

October 13th, 2021


Terresa Amidei has been an educator for 23 years.  She grew up in North Pole, Alaska and is currently the Activities Director for Desert Ridge …

Arielle Ben-Zaken - Clinical Social Worker at CIUSSS

October 11th, 2021


Arielle has worked with youth her entire professional career.  Whether in summer camps, high schools, and hospitals, Arielle has committed her life …

Derek Hill - New York FFA State Director

October 8th, 2021


Derek Hill is the Director of New York FFA and a staff member of the Agricultural Education and Outreach program at Cornell University. Derek …

Christina Raso - Experiential Learning Consultant for Sudbury Catholic School Board

October 6th, 2021


Entrepreneur and Educator Christina Raso shares her journey in education from new teacher to special education consultant to most recently …

Kelly Karius - Founder of No Such Thing As A Bully

October 4th, 2021


Kelly Karius is an award winning Social Worker, Mediator and Author who is committed to her mission of improving the lives she is able to affect.

Her …

Lynda Burgess - Education Manager with Alberta Education

October 1st, 2021


Lynda is a relational leader and teacher first who has over 20 years of experience in teaching and leadership positions with St. Albert Public …

Tracy Lockwood - Owner of PLAY Education Consulting

September 29th, 2021


Tracy Lockwood is a certified K-12 PE Teacher and has over 25 years of experience as an educator and has taught K-12 students in Alberta, British …

Katrin Heim - Innovation Coach with Buffalo Trail Public Schools

September 27th, 2021

Katrin Heim is an Innovation Coach with Buffalo Trail Public Schools. Her rural roots and years of teaching, primarily in division one have shaped …

Karen O'Brien - Re-Engagement Counsellor

September 24th, 2021


Karen has worked in the education system for over 30 years. She began her career as a secondary school classroom teacher teaching multiple subjects. …

Dr. Adam Browning - Director of Learning Palliser School Division

September 22nd, 2021

Dr. Adam Browning has been an educator for 17 years. As a system-level leader, he is primarily responsible for curriculum and diversity supports for …

Lewis Keys - Lead Child & Youth Coordinator California National Guard

September 20th, 2021


Lewis Keys is a Texas native that comes with over 10 years of experience working as a Youth Development Professional. He specializes in the areas of teen engagement, family enrichment, and activities programming.

Now a …

Bluefield Leadership Class **Student Interview**

September 17th, 2021


Ryan Laughlin is a proud Bluefield Bobcat from Prince Edward Island. Ryan is a veteran Physical Education and Leadership educator at Bluefield High …

Michael Straile - Assistant Principal Bonnyville Centralized High School

September 15th, 2021


Michael Straile has been the Assistant Principal of Bonnyville Centralized High School since 2018.  Previously, Michael taught grades 7 & 8 at …

Mark Brown - Assistant Principal and Author

September 13th, 2021


As a high school administrator, Mark Brown is passionate about helping educators and students live life as their best selves and challenges everyone …

Season 1 Finale!

July 21st, 2021


Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  This past year has been amazing.  The conversations we've had sparked hundreds of ideas, new connections and …

Liat Benzacar - Student Wellness Officer at St. Michael's College School

July 2nd, 2021


In line with the Basilian model of educating the whole person in mind, body, and soul, the Wellness Programme at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) …

Tina McInenly - Cognitive Lead Teacher in Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

June 30th, 2021


Tina McInenly is a Cognitive Lead Teacher in Red Deer, Alberta. She works on a division team supporting teachers and students in creating inclusive …

Sarah Hernholm - Educator turned Entrepreneur, Founder of WIT

June 28th, 2021


Doing whatever it takes.

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Julie Hunt Gibbons - Superintendent of Secondary Program & Student Success at Halton District School Board

June 25th, 2021


Julie is a dynamic school and system leader with a broad range of educational leadership experiences spanning three decades in two different school …

Ryan Laughlin - Leadership Teacher at Bluefield High School

June 23rd, 2021


Ryan Laughlin is a proud Bluefield Bobcat from Prince Edward Island. Ryan is a veteran Physical Education and Leadership educator at Bluefield High …

Cody Huseby - Teacher at Red Deer Catholic Schools

June 23rd, 2021

Proud Dad, Husband to an amazing wife, Grade 3 Teacher, Hockey Linesman, Man behind the Liger. Love my school and love my life! @Huseby88   …

Joyce Sunada - Wellness Speaker, Coach and Facilitator

June 18th, 2021


Joyce Sunada has over 30 years of experience as an educator. During that time she was a teacher, an administrator and provincial leader who helped …

Natasha Bathgate - Director of Learning and Innovation at West Island College

June 16th, 2021


Natasha Bathgate is the Director of Learning and Innovation at West Island College, Calgary. An educator for 17 years, she is passionate about …

Katie Lewis-Prieur & Sarah Abrams - Consultants at the Ottawa Catholic School Board

June 15th, 2021


Katie Lewis-Prieur has been in education for more than 25 years, many of it in the classroom teaching English and Drama before working in …

Dr. Kirk Linton - K-9 Principal, EdD in Learning Sciences & Music teacher/trumpet player

June 11th, 2021


Dr. Kirk Linton is a school principal in Calgary. He graduated with his Ed.D. from the University of Calgary in the Learning Sciences in 2019 and …

Suz Jeffreys - Stress Management Consultant, Tai Chi Instructor & Certified Nutrition Therapist

June 9th, 2021

CEO Wellness Founder Suzanne Jeffreys, MS in Education, helps high achievers stress less, power up and create more balance in their lives. Want to …

Dov Shapiro - CEO of ConnectU Program Inc.

June 7th, 2021


Dov is an Experiential Educator and Business owner with over 30 years of experience working with students. His commitment to improving their well-being, regardless of the challenges they may be facing, is a life-long …

Marco LeBlanc - Vice President of the New-Brunswick Student Leadership Association.

June 4th, 2021


Hooked on Leadership and Community Service since 1999, Marco LeBlanc is doing leadership right! He’s been teaching since 2009 and has taken students to local, provincial, national and global student leadership …

Brandi Rai - President of the Alberta School Councils’ Association

June 2nd, 2021


Brandi has a passion for public education – to ensure it prepares children to be leaders in our world.

Married, with five children in grades 5 through 10, and many pets, Brandi lives in Edmonton. She has served as an …

Jason Schilling - President of the Alberta Teachers Association

May 21st, 2021


Jason Schilling was elected president in 2019 following two years of service as vice-president and more than eight years of service as district …

Doug Primrose - Leadership Teacher & President of President of BC Association of Student Activity Advisors

May 19th, 2021


Doug Primrose is currently in his 23rd year of teaching. Been at Yale Secondary for the last 15 years. Teach Student Leadership and Law 12. He was Chair of the BC Student Leadership Conference in 2015, and Co-Chair of …

Camille Loken - High School Principal & Executive Coach

May 18th, 2021


Camille is a principal at a high school concurrently pursuing her Doctorate of Education.  She brings enthusiasm, creativity, and a passion for …

Anthony Perrotta - Vice Principal, MEd Student, AQ Instructor & Filmmaker

May 14th, 2021


A graduate of Humber College’s prestigious Film and Television Production program, Anthony’s experience in Canadian film and new media production is …

Chad Ostrowski, Jeff Gargas and Rae Hughart - The Teach Better Team

May 12th, 2021


The TEACH BETTER team imagines a world where every educator is connected, supported, and inspired to be BETTER every day; so that all learners can discover and develop their passions to positively impact our …

Lori Wagner - Coordinator of Student Supports

May 11th, 2021


Lori Wagner is the Myrnam Outreach and Homeschool Centre (MOHC) Coordinator. She was born feeling the need to make connections and to help others. …

Christopher Antilope - Secondary school teacher with the Halton Catholic District School Board

May 5th, 2021

Christopher Antilope is a secondary school English & Religion Teacher with the Halton Catholic District School Board. In his vocation of …

Martin Tshibwabwa - Resource teacher from grade 9 to 12 at Notre Dame

May 3rd, 2021


Martin is the resource teacher at École secondaire Notre Dame in Woodstock.  He is extremely passionate about special education, student success and …

Tomy Valookaran - Chaplain at St. Mary C.S.S

April 30th, 2021


Tomy is the founder of bridges for solitary. This is a business enterprise operating on social enterprise principles to bring together the poor in …

Jamie Stewart - Teacher and Founder of Elite Basketball Training Academy

April 28th, 2021


Elite Basketball Training Academy's CEO Jamie Stewart has been operating EBTA for 20yrs. EBTA boasts a 100% Scholarship Graduation Rate for players …

Christine Bays - Executive Director at the Unsinkable Organization

April 26th, 2021


Christine Bays is the Executive Director at the Unsinkable Organization. After a 10-year career in Communications, Christine worked alongside Silken Laumann on the build and launch of Unsinkable in 2019. Since, the …

Karen Dancy - Parent Council Chair & Parent Engagement Advocate

April 23rd, 2021


Karen Dancy is an advocate for quality public education.  She has been involved in the parent council for the last 8 years.  In addition to serving …

Jim Rieder B.Ed M.A - Head of Institutes and Strategic Development

April 21st, 2021


Jim leads the flagship Institute program at West Island College. providing students with academic focused experiential opportunities focused on …

Tim Cavey - Founder of Teachers on Fire, 8th grade teacher and assistant principal

April 19th, 2021


Tim Cavey is a husband, stepfather of two, 8th-grade teacher, assistant principal, and the host of the Teachers on Fire podcast. In 2019, he completed a Master's in Educational Leadership degree that re-ignited his fire …

Janessa Nevill and Hailey Babcock - Teachers at Ecole Plamondon School

April 16th, 2021


Janessa and Hailey are two extremely passionate educators from a small rural school in Alberta - Ecole Plamondon School.  We met at a teachers …

Jackie Groat - Student Leadership Advisor, Teacher & Basketball Coach

April 14th, 2021


Jackie is a Teacher, Coach, Sports Fan, and Outdoor Enthusiast who loves inspiring Leadership through action.  Jackie is also involved in the …

Jennifer Lemieux - Teacher, Guidance Counselor and Student Leadership Advisor

April 12th, 2021


Jenn Lemieux feels blessed to serve the staff and students at St. Peter's Catholic Secondary School in Barrie, Ontario (SMCDSB).   As an educator for …

Kristina Willing - 38-year teaching veteran (Lessons Learned)

April 9th, 2021


Kristina is a retired teacher/administrator in the beautiful Bulkley Valley of Northern British Columbia. In her 38 joy-filled years as an …

Tom Yonge - Leadership Teacher and Speaker at Edmonton Public Schools

April 8th, 2021

Tom Yonge is the Department head of Leadership at Strathcona High School in Edmonton, AB.   The heart of his leadership model is service work and in …

Chris McCullough - Teacher and Vice-Principal in Red Deer, Alberta

April 5th, 2021


Chris McCullough is a Teacher / Vice-Principal in beautiful Red Deer, Alberta.  Chris has a broad range of educational experiences, having taught in …

Breanne Oakie - Teacher at Wolf Creek Public Schools

March 31st, 2021


Breanne teaches grade 7/8 in a smaller town in Alberta.  Instead of giving you a formal bio here, take a moment to read the below email highlighting the story she shared with me over email...


  Thank you for an …

Nadia Irshad - Co-founder of Glarea Elevated Learning and the future of education

March 29th, 2021


Nadia Hasan’s educational background is in Environmental Studies focusing on Sustainable Development and Urban Planning. She pursued a career in Art & Design working in Magazine Print Design and web design for a …

Darrell Bergmann - Athletic Director at Boyle Secondary School

March 26th, 2021


Darrell Bergmann is extremely passionate about athletics and keeping himself and his students healthy.  We met after he watched me speak at a …

Lisa Spencer - Student Success, Gap-Closing and Experiential Learning

March 24th, 2021


Lisa Spencer was born and raised in North Bay Ontario. Inspired by amazing educators, she dreamt of one day having the chance to teach. Early entry to Nipissing University’s Orientation to Teaching Program, she was able …

Margot Arnold - Entrepreneurship Teacher & Women of the Year Workplace Excellence Award

March 22nd, 2021


Margot Arnold is an outstanding choice for the Women of the Year Workplace Excellence Award. She continually develops an exceptionally supportive, …

Alina Deja-Grygierczyk - Founder and Executive Director of Polish Academy of Canada, Educator and Passionate Canadianist

March 19th, 2021


Alina is a passionate Canadianist, energetic English Coach Confidence, Positivity Purveyor, and Passionate Home Cook. She has Silesian-Polish roots, …

Michael Kelly - Catholic Educator, Coach, World Traveller, Hockey Fan and Student Leadership Advisor

March 17th, 2021

Michael Kelly currently teaches at Michael Power St. Joseph at the TCDSB. Michael is a highly motivated, passionate, inclusive Catholic educator, …

Lara Spiers - Secondary Vice Principal at Durham Catholic District School Board

March 15th, 2021


Lara is a secondary school educator and administrator.  She taught me when I was in high school!  She has her Master of Education - MEd focused in …

Avni Soni - Secondary Science Teacher at Centennial High School

March 12th, 2021


Avni Soni is the secondary science teacher at centennial high school in Calgary.  We talk about her passion for the sciences and how she got into …

Trevor Small - Drama Teacher at St. Mary C.S.S

March 10th, 2021


Trevor Small teaches at the High School that I grew up at.  He has a huge passion for Drama and Dance.  In today's episode, he shares some ideas …

Andrew Hall - Chaplaincy Leader at St. Johns College

March 8th, 2021


Andrew Hall is a drummer and started a junior and senior worship band at St. Johns College. He challenges students to write a worship song every year …

Cortnie Freeman - Dance Teacher at the AMP Arts School

March 5th, 2021

Cortnie has been teaching for the past 12 years with the Durham Catholic District School Board. Her passion for teaching drives from a growth mindset …

Matteo Cianfrone - OCT, Physical Education Teacher & Soccer Coach

March 3rd, 2021


Matteo Cianfrone is a second-year Health and Physical Education teacher at Bayview Glen. Being a Health and Physical Education teacher, as well as a high-performance soccer coach, Matteo explores the similarities and …

Sarah Daintrey - Teacher, Activities Advisor, Bear Wrestler and Service Education Advocate

March 1st, 2021

Sarah Daintrey has been teaching and doing student activities for 15 years at Clayton Heights Secondary in Surrey BC.

She is extremely passionate about service education whether that be inside the classroom or in …

Diana Speranza - Catholic Educator & Life Long Learner

February 26th, 2021


Educated at St. Michael’s College-University of Toronto and the University of Western Sydney, Australia. 

Diana is committed to a life of …

Nicholas McCowan - Lenovo's Visionary Teachers Award Recipient

February 24th, 2021


Nicholas McCowan teaches at St. Joan of Arc Academy in the Toronto Catholic District School board and teaches Science, Leadership and Student …

Karl Mercuri - Social and Emotional Learning Coordinator at The Priory Elementary School

February 22nd, 2021


Karl Mercuri is the Social and Emotional Coordinator at The Priory School and a grade 4 teacher. This allows him to actively implement innovative SEL …

Jade Bilodeau - Former President OSTA-AECO & Student at Western University

February 19th, 2021


Jade is an Undergraduate Student at Western University and the First-Year Representative for the Social Science Students' Council.  In high school, …

Greg Firth - Coach and Department Head of the Career Path Regional Program

February 17th, 2021


Greg Firth is an experienced educator with a demonstrated history of working in special education and with at-risk youth.

Skilled in educational leadership, coaching, Secondary and Elementary Education, Assessment, …

Brent Dickson - Leadership & P.E. Teacher at Centennial High School

February 15th, 2021


In 2005 Centennial High School started with one leadership class of 25 students.  Now Centennial has six  Leadership classes per year with around 200 …

Michelle Lowey - Teacher Physical Education & Sports Medicine

February 12th, 2021


Michelle Lowey is the teacher of Physical Education & Sports Medicine at Dr. E.P Scarlett High School.  She is HIGH energy and has so much to …

Ash Baer - Mental Health Advocate and speaker

February 10th, 2021


Ash Baer has been facilitating leadership programs for the past nine years. She’s travelled across Canada and to Europe, working with the coolest …

Ian Howcroft - CEO of Skills Ontario

February 8th, 2021


Ian Howcroft is an action-oriented leader and decision-maker with a focus on customer needs and service. One who can lead a team and is able to build consensus to maximize and leverage the strengths of team members to …

Katherine Luellen - Executive Dean, Enrollment Management, Interlochen Center for the Arts

February 5th, 2021


A Chicago native, Katherine Drago Luellen has previously served as Director of Admissions at Boston University School of Music, Director of …

Antonio Morra - Leadership Teacher at All Saints Catholic Secondary School

February 3rd, 2021


Antonio Morra is the Leadership Teacher at All Saints Catholic Secondary School and he is always looking for unique ways to provide his students with …

Steve Bristol - Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management and Strategic Planning

February 1st, 2021


Steve Bristol is the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management and Strategic Planning at the Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey.  He is a …

Tania Vincent - Chaplain at St. Michael Catholic Secondary School

January 29th, 2021


Tania Vincent is the Chaplain at St. Michael Catholic Secondary School.  She is good friends with Angelo Minardi, a past guest on this show, and both …

Michael Booth - Principal of Blyth Academy’s Yorkville and Orbit Campuses

January 27th, 2021


Michael Booth is the Principal of Blyth Academy’s Yorkville and Orbit Campuses. Previously he taught undergraduate courses at Northwestern …

Ren Lukoni - Teacher and student leadership advisor at L.P. Miller Comprehensive High School

January 25th, 2021


Ren Lukoni has been a teacher in Nipawin, Sk. for 24 hours - just jokes - 24 years. During that time she has written two leadership courses, two …

Jason Eduful - Teacher, Basketball Coach, Youth Minister and Mental Health Advocate

January 22nd, 2021


Jason is an educator, basketball coach, youth minister and advocate for mental health.  His goal is to bridge the gap between marginalized youth and extraordinary education.  He is also the youngest guest that we've had …

Ryan Keliher BA, BEd, MBA, - Teacher, Author, Coach and Teenage Motivator

January 20th, 2021


Ryan Keliher, BA, BEd, MBA, is a high school educator who has spent the past eleven years teaching, coaching and motivating teenagers.

He is a former …

Mike Anderson - Principal of the Grand River Otters Elementary Remote School (4200 students)

January 18th, 2021


Mike Anderson is a high energy educator and the principal of the Elementary Remote School of the Upper Grand District School Board. 

Formed in August …

Melanie Headley - Teacher and student council advisor at Bluefield High School

January 15th, 2021


Melanie is a teacher, student council advisor, lifelong learner and the #1 Springsteen fan :).  She has an infectiously positive aura and is constantly striving to provide her students with the support they need to …

Joanna Severino - CEO and Founder of PrepSkills and the US College Expo

January 13th, 2021


Since 2002, Joanna Severino and Prepskills have helped thousands of students gain admissions to the top boarding schools, private schools, colleges …

Deb Lawlor - Coordinator, Intermediate/Secondary Student Success OCSB

January 11th, 2021


Deb Lawlor is the coordinator of student success at the Ottawa Catholic District School Board.  Her interests include authentic learning …

Christa Ray - Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator at ALCDSB

January 8th, 2021


Christa is passionate not only about teaching & guiding the next generation but also intently interested in anything related to sustainability and the environment. Her career path has been very rewarding so far and …

Nicole Haire - BC Program Head Hayat Universal School Qatar

January 6th, 2021


Nicole Haire is a powerhouse educator.  She worked in Canada for most of her career, but for the past five years in Qatar.  She has hosted the …

Julie Champagne - Co-Founder at the English Tutor and Teacher

January 4th, 2021


Prior to settling in Toronto, Julie, an Ottawa native, studied at The University of Ottawa and Queen’s University. In her ten years of teaching, …

2021 Goal Setting for Educators [Special Episode]

January 3rd, 2021


As educators, you put on many hats.  In most of your roles, you're always looking out for the health and success of others.  Sometimes this selfless …

Paola Di Fonzo - Chaplain All Saints Catholic Secondary School

January 1st, 2021


Paola has over 10 years of work and volunteer experience in youth and adult faith formation in both the Catholic parish and Catholic school …

Dr. Seth Goldsweig - Vice Principal at The Leo Baeck Day School and PhD in Educational Leadership

December 30th, 2020


Dr. Seth Goldsweig is the vice principal at The Leo Baeck Day School in Toronto. He has been in formal education for 17 years. His PhD is in …

Catherine Hogan - English teacher and Student Leadership Advisor

December 28th, 2020


Catherine is a high energy educator that consistently looks for new and exciting ways to give her students amazing opportunities.  Enjoy this conversation with her.

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Matt Sanders - Experiential Lead Learner at the Lambton Kent District School Board

December 25th, 2020


Matt Sanders is currently the Leader of Experiential Learning for the Lambton Kent District School Board.  In his role, he creates engaging …

Daniel Steckley - Physical Education and Leadership Teacher (SJAM)

December 23rd, 2020


Dan is a Physical Education and Leadership teacher at Sir John A. Macdonald S.S. in Waterloo, Ontario.  He is in his 11th year of teaching, minus the year he took off to work on the largest cruise ship in the world as a …

Abbey Gingerich - Teacher and Student Leadership Advisor (KCI)

December 21st, 2020


Abbey is the leadership teacher and Student Activities Director at Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute (KCI) in Ontario, Canada. Her leadership …

Daniel Horgan - CEO and Founder of CoLabl and the Talent Accelerator

December 13th, 2020


A volunteer role with a YMCA summer camp at the age of 12 sparked Daniel’s passion for service and building community. At the age of 18, Daniel …

Richard Vissers - Director of Admissions at Holy trinity School

December 11th, 2020


Richard Vissers joined HTS in 1996 as the senior chemistry teacher. Since then, he has also served as the Grade 9 and 10 Coordinator, Guidance Counsellor, Director of HTS Camps, and Chair of the Miller Thomson …

Darrin M Peppard Ed.D - Past School District Superintendent, Speaker, Author, and Leadership Consultant

December 9th, 2020


Darrin Peppard (@DarrinMPeppard) is an author, publisher, speaker, and consultant focused on what matters most in leadership and education. Darrin is …

Adrian Del Monte - English Department Head & Leadership Coordinator

December 7th, 2020


Adrian has been teaching for 13 years in the Toronto Catholic District School Board as an English Teacher, Department Head and Leadership …

Dr. LouAnn Ross - Executive Director of Business Professionals America

November 30th, 2020


Dr. LouAnn Ross has always been inspired by those who work relentlessly to make the world a better place for youth, and she is committed to the …

Brent McDonald - Superintendent of Education and Information Technology UGDSB

November 27th, 2020


Brent McDonald is currently a Superintendent of Education with the Upper Grand District School Board.   For the past 10 years his portfolios in this …

Hugues Bertrand - Social Studies & Leadership Teacher

November 25th, 2020


Hugues Bertrand is a Social Studies and Leadership teacher at Pierrefonds Community high school in Pierrefonds Quebec for 26 years now. Long time …

Brian Dunn - Chaplain at St. Francis Xaiver C.S.S

November 23rd, 2020


Brian Dunn has been a Chaplaincy Leader for the Halton Catholic District School Board for 16 years and currently serves at St. Francis Xavier …

John Dennison - Student Success Teacher at Corner Brook Regional High

November 20th, 2020


John is an experienced Special Education Teacher and Student Success Teacher, at Corner Brook Regional High in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, with a demonstrated history of working with Student Leadership in Newfoundland …

Heather McCaig - President of AASCA & Student Leadership Advisor

November 18th, 2020


Lead by example, treat each other better than you expect to be treated, and live life to the fullest!  These are mottos that she lives by. She …

Lenora Poulin - English teacher, Librarian and Student Leadership Advisor

November 16th, 2020


Lenora has been teaching for 29 years in the Fraser-Cascade School District in Hope, British Columbia. She began her career as an English and Social …

Merle Gonsalvez - TCDSB Teacher and Dancer

November 13th, 2020


Merle has been teaching with the Toronto Catholic District School Board for 16 years and in the dance studio for 25 years.  She has taught …

Chelle Travis - Executive Director of SkillsUSA

November 11th, 2020


Chelle Travis is the executive director of SkillsUSA, a national organization of nearly 400,000 teachers and students within career and technical education. Travis was appointed in 2019 to lead a staff of 35 that …

Jeff Gerber - Speaker, Teacher, Relationship Advocate

November 9th, 2020


Jeff has a natural way of connecting with people and moving them to action.  He was a leader on his high school campus, active in Student Council, …

Marc England - Teacher and Leadership Advisor

November 5th, 2020


Marc England is a teacher and Leadership Advisor at Fleetwood Park Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia. He is now in his 23rd year of …

Maddie Campbell - CSLA Operations Coordinator

November 3rd, 2020


Maddie Campbell is a life-long student leader and learner who found a way to turn her love of activities, organizing and community impact into a career. Born and raised in Waterloo Region, Maddie has been connected to …

Erika Rath - Director of Student Services The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

October 29th, 2020


Erika Rath joined Sacred Heart in 2012 as an English teacher and later became the Director of Student Services!  She organizes dozens of events each year to improve student life and support services.  She also teaches a …

Bob Kline - Leadership Teacher, Speaker and Advisor of the year (2019)

October 29th, 2020


Bob Kline is the Leadership teacher at Huron Heights Secondary School in Kitchener, Ontario.  Currently, there are approximately 180 students in his …

Angelo Minardi - High Energy Educator, Chaplain and Student Council Advisor

October 27th, 2020


Angelo Minardi is a chaplain at Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School. He is a Husband, Father, Educator, Sports junkie and passionate about …

Michelle Dittmer: Founder and CEO of the Gap Year Association

October 19th, 2020


Michelle is an Ontario Certified Teacher and holds a B.Sc. from McMaster in Biology, a B.Ed. from the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology …

Melissa Wright - New Brunswick Student Leadership Association President

October 19th, 2020


Melissa Wright is a passionate educator and speaker that is driven to help schools create a place where students belong and everyone feels like they …

Michael Consul - TCDSB Student Leadership Coordinator & 7 Habits Trainer

October 19th, 2020


Micheal is a DJ, Fisherman, Father, TCDSB Teacher, Student Leadership Facilitator, 7 Habits Trainer, and was the OECTA Teacher of the Year back in 2016. His energy is infectious, and his passion to help students become …

Joshua Sable - Student Activity Director at TanenbaumCHAT

October 19th, 2020


Joshua Sable is a veteran educator, speaker and memory maker. His personal teaching philosophy is to: "give students a reason to come to school …

Start here: Welcome to the High Performing Educator Podcast

October 19th, 2020


Meet Sam Demma, a 21-year-old keynote speaker and the host of the High Performing Educator and High Performing Student Podcasts. Sam travels across …

Lisa Galay - Experiential Lead Learner at HDSB

October 18th, 2020


Lisa is the Experiential Lead Learner at the Halton District School Board. She proactively seeks out opportunities for her students to gain …

Jana Fisher - 2020 SRC Advisor of the Year

October 18th, 2020


Jana Fisher is a teacher, mother, and student leadership advisor at Wynard Composite Secondary School. As a member of the Saskatchewan Association of …

Agi Mete - Author and Teacher of over 20 years

October 18th, 2020


Agi Mete is the Program Chair of Social Sciences and Teacher at Notre Dame College School in Welland, with the Niagara Catholic District School …

Dave Conlon - Program Director for the Canadian Student Leadership Association

October 18th, 2020


Dave Conlon was an activity director at the secondary school level for over 26 years. He has chaperoned over 120 dances and knows how to get a cow …

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