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Sharon Friesen, Ph.D.

Founding partner and President of Galileo Educational Network, at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Education.

Sharon’s experience as a teacher includes kindergarten, elementary, junior high, high school and post secondary. Her research interests include the ways in which K-12 educational structures, curriculum, learning and leading need to be reinvented for a knowledge/learning society.   She has specific interests in: (i) the promotion of deep intellectual engagement, (ii) the ability to create learning environments that require sustained work with ideas and (iii) the pervasiveness of networked digital technologies that open up new ways of thinking, ways of working and tools for working and living in the world.

She has co-authored three books: Back to the Basics of Teaching and Learning: Thinking the World Together, winner of the 2004 AERA Division B Book Award; Curriculum in Abundance; and Back to the Basics of Teaching and Learning: Thinking the World Together Second Edition. She has also assisted schools to assess their technology requirements to enhance teaching and learning environments. Sharon is a recipient of numerous awards for both research and teaching practice:

  • 2011 University of Calgary, You Make A Difference Award
  • 2007 Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences Math Educator of the Year;
  • 2005 AERA Book Award for Curriculum Studies;
  • 1999 The Alberta Teachers’ Association, Educational Research Award;
  • 1999 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence;
  • 1997 Aoki Award for educational research;
  • 1996 ASCD Celebrating Educational Successes in Alberta award;
  • 1994 National Institute Award for Technology Integration;
  • 1991 Alberta Excellence in Teaching finalist.

Brenda Gladstone, MBA

Brenda is co-founder and COO of The Galileo Educational Network.  Brenda has collaborated with a number of Fine Arts organizations, artists and education authorities in Alberta to engage students in meaningful worthwhile work now published online at www.galileo.org.

Brenda has a proven track record of initiating and managing a variety of education initiatives in collaboration with the business community, but she is proudest of Galileo. Brenda has a passion for supporting innovation in education so that students and their teachers have opportunities to engage in personally relevant, research-informed and evidence-based teaching and learning. Brenda holds an Advanced Graduate Diploma in Project Management and a Masters in Business Administration from Athabasca University.

Brenda is married to Doug and they have three adult children. Jeff is an actor, musician, writer and producer out of Vancouver, Ryan (Michelle Field) is a director, actor, writer and producer also out of Vancouver, and Michael (Michelle Chidley) is a businessman in Calgary.

Candace Saar, MA

Candace is a consultant with Galileo Educational Network.

Candace’s experience and expertise is in humanities, leadership, fundamental restructuring and reform, and teacher practice in K-12 and post secondary settings.

Under her mentorship teachers and students are invited to teach and learn in environments that are intellectually stimulating and demanding, provide ongoing feedback for improved performance and build knowledge.   As a result of such an approach teachers and students emerge as confident, responsible and innovative learners and leaders.

Candace holds an MA from the University of Calgary.  Her research interests continue in the area of high school reform and restructuring with a particular focus on changing and improving teacher practice.

Amy Park, BEd, MEd

As a Galileo mentor, Amy has demonstrated how students from grades one through twelve become confident, self-directed learners when they are invited to do authentic intellectual work. Amy has presented these findings and those emerging from the ongoing research work of the Galileo Network, to interested stakeholders throughout Canada and internationally. Her educational interests and experiences are varied including work with early learning practitioners, elementary and secondary teachers, as well as pre-service teachers. As a classroom teacher, Amy brings a wealth of experience in both elementary and secondary settings in all core areas. She was the recipient of both the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence. Through her work as part of Galileo, Amy has engaged audiences with her passion for inquiry-based learning, effective assessment practices and technology infused learning environments.

Barbara Martin, MEd

Barbara Martin graduated from the University of Calgary in 1972 and began her teaching career with the Foothills School Division (FSD). Her experience as a teacher included Kindergarten to Grade 9, Learning Support, physical education and drama. Barbara was seconded to the Galileo Centre in Bragg Creek in 1998. While at the Galileo Centre she was able to extend her understanding of inquiry learning and purposeful integration of technology through her work with Galileo mentors and the elementary school children. Following this secondment, Barbara continued working as a Curriculum & Instructional Facilitator in FSD and as a Galileo mentor collaborating with educators and administrators, co-designing intellectually engaging authentic learning, engaging teachers in self reflective practice, and taking a leadership role in new curriculum implementation. Barbara is committed to research based and evidence informed practice.
Teachers and students from FSD, along with Barbara, received recognition through the Canadian Historical Society, NECC, ISTE, Calgary Stampede’s Legacy Award, and Calgary Mayor’s Excellence Award for their intellectually engaging authentic learning. Barbara has presented to educators throughout Alberta and the United States.

Chenoa Marcotte, BEd, MSc

Chenoa Marcotte completed her B. Sc. (Environmental and Conservation Sciences, 1998) from the University of Alberta. Her love of the outdoors led her to working in Jasper National Park for Parks Canada and then to Cypress Hills Provincial Park. There, she worked as an environmental educator using the outdoors as her classroom, from large theatrical productions for families in an outdoor amphitheatre to field studies with high school students. Her love of teaching brought her back to the University of Calgary for a B. Ed (2001). She began teaching indoors at the Calgary Science School, where she taught math and science and held the position of curriculum leader. Her passion for engaging students in authentic and meaningful learning experiences has only grown since coming to work with the Galileo Network in 2009. Chenoa’s M. Sc. thesis (2011) is about students’ developing more complex understandings of ecosystems. She and her husband Jon have two budding scientists at home, Leith (age 4) and Aida (age 2). Chenoa is also a singer/songwriter and a soccer coach.

Martina Metz, PhD

Martina Metz grew up on a farm near Brooks, Alberta. She completed both her B.Ed. (Social Studies, 1990) and M.Ed. (Science Education, 1999) at the University of Lethbridge and was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal for her thesis on the development of scientific reasoning. From 1990 until 2006, she taught (mostly) Math and Science from Grades 4-9 – first in Hays, Alberta, where she was awarded an Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award, and most recently at the Calgary Science School, where she also served as Math/Science curriculum coordinator and PD/Outreach Coordinator. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Math Education at the University of Alberta with the support of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. She enjoys spending time in the woods and in her garden. She is married to Larry, and they have a young son, Jesse.

Anthony Hampshire, MEd

Anthony holds Bachelor’s degrees in English and Education from the University of Calgary, and a Masters of Education from the University of Victoria. His lengthy career in education included assignments as an elementary and secondary level classroom teacher, Vice Principal, district AISI administrator, and over 20 years as a Principal in a variety of rural and urban schools. Anthony has expertise in instructional leadership, staff development, inquiry based learning, curriculum implementation, professional learning, and the infusion of learning technologies. He is a past recipient of a National Hilroy Award of Great Merit from the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, a Marshall McLuhan Distinguished Teacher Award, and a Curriculum Excellence Award from the Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation. In addition to his work with Galileo, Anthony is also an instructor in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.

Barb Brown, PhD

Throughout her career with over twenty years as a teacher, school level administrator and district supervisor for educational technology, Barb has been involved in curriculum implementations, creating technology-rich resources, speaking at conferences, developing professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators and researching various aspects of technology integration and new pedagogies. Her experiences as a K-12 educator in two large urban school districts in the province (Edmonton Catholic Schools and Calgary Catholic School District), leading district initiatives for Alberta Initiatives for School Improvement (AISI) projects as well as technology projects funded through Alberta Education grants, developing research methods and analyzing data, contributed to her interests in pursuing further research, working in higher education and supporting professional development for K-12 schools.

Barb received a BEd from the University of Lethbridge in 1991 with a major in mathematics and minor in physical sciences. In 2000, she received a MEd from University of Alberta in secondary education and then completed doctoral studies in 2013 at the University of Calgary with a focus on leadership, technology and educational change. Currently, Barb teaches online courses through the University of Calgary in the masters and doctoral programs and works on research and professional development initiatives with the Galileo Educational Network.

Geocaching is one of Barb’s favorite family activities with her husband and two school-aged children, incorporating technology and the discovery of beautiful places. You can follow Barb on Twitter @barbbrown or visit her educational blog at http://bbrowntechnology.blogspot.com/

Kari Sirup, BFA, MEd

Kari Sirup discovered her passion for teaching during the completion of her Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) at the University of Calgary. After taking a Developmental Art class offered by the Faculty of Fine Art, Kari began pursuing her interest in Education. Kari finished her Bachelor of Education (BEd) in 2003 with an international teaching experience in China before returning to Alberta to teach at the Calgary Girls’ School, Greystone Centennial Middle School and CBE Capitol Hill School. Kari completed her Master of Education with a focus on eLearning and Inquiry in 2014 before joining Galileo where she assists educators to expand their teaching practice.

As a consultant with Galileo Educational Network, Kari supports the ongoing learning of teachers and leaders within the Calgary Board of Education and elsewhere. As a Galileo consultant Kari spends most of her time collaborating with colleagues to design professional learning or working in schools with educators who are interested in pushing their practice forward.

Kenzie Rushton, BSc, MEd

Education: BSc. Majoring in Bio-Chemistry (University of New Brunswick, 95), BEd. Secondary Science and Mathematics (University of New Brunswick, 97), MEd. , Educational Leadership (University of Calgary, 2011)

A Reggio Inspired educator, Kenzie has been teaching Science and Math for the past 16 years in a variety of settings from Grades 8 to 12. He has a deep interest in instructional design and building knowledge around how to make student learning more visible for themselves, their peers and the community as a whole. Kenzie has been involved in a number of different roles within the Calgary Board of Education including a Curriculum Leader for Junior High Science and Math, a Learning Leader of High School Science, as well as a Learning Leader for Professional Learning. Through his graduate studies at the WSE he connected with Dr. Pat Tarr and worked with her specifically looking at the question of how the Reggio Emilia Philosophy of Education (which has its roots in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms) could inform the practice of a High School Science teacher. He had been involved in implementing professional learning based on the idea of supporting professional learning by providing choice and focusing in on inclusion, an idea that emerged through his graduate work at the WSE. Currently he is directly supporting teachers and leaders throughout Alberta in developing a greater understanding of and enacting the Teaching Effectiveness Framework, Discipline-based Inquiry and Assessment for Learning.

Outside of his professional life he spends his time with his family, his wife Laura and three children: a boy (Elijah) and two girls (Amelia and Evie).

Kristen Enevold

Communications Coordinator

Kristen earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Communications – Journalism from Mount Royal College in 2001, before starting a career as a reporter for several Alberta newspapers, including the Calgary Sun. She was eventually promoted as the managing editor of the Sun’s daily commuter publication. Kristen enjoys hearing about, and relating to others, the many successes that come from Galileo’s approach to inquiry-based learning.

Michelle Chidley

Principal, Aisling Communications Inc.

Michelle is an accomplished communications specialist, with more than twelve years of government, agency and free-lance experience in strategic communications, public relations and event management.

A motivated achiever, she comes with a full portfolio of communications services, from high-level strategic planning to tactical execution and management of media, government and stakeholder relations campaigns. Michelle, a dynamic organizer, has managed or participated in the planning of over a hundred events, ranging in size, budget and style.

During her five years working as an oil and gas communications consultant, Michelle was recognized by Oilweek Magazine in the 2010 Class of Rising Stars. A graduate of McGill and St. Francis Xavier Universities, Michelle cut her teeth working for management consulting, communications and marketing firms in Montreal and Halifax.

A natural networker and ‘people person’, Michelle excels in an area critical for any professional services firm operating in a competitive environment: building and nurturing relationships that lead to client satisfaction.

Catherine Bell

Website Designer/Developer and Manager

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