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Our Team


Rob McBride

Honour’s Bachelor of Journalism, M.Ed. Distance Education
Project Manager, Administration and Communications

Rob McBride, Project Manager, Communications & Administration. Mr. McBride began teaching ESL in Ontario back when “Welcome to Canadian English” (Carson- Martin) was just about the only Canadian textbook available. He has worked on many technology-based learning projects including “Fast Forward” (a report with recommendations for CIC on the development of online language & settlement training), “Explore Canada” (a CD-ROM history & geography of Canada in easy English & French), and multiple ESL broadcast and video projects.
mcbrider76 @gmail.com

Jim Edgar

Master of Education Technology, CTESL, BA, Grad. Cert. Online Education, Dip Adult Education
Project Manager, Distributed Learning/ Training

Jim has been training and supporting teachers in the use of technology since the mid-1990s. He has been an educator in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, the United Arab Emirates and Ottawa, where he currently lives. From kamotiks to camels, extreme cold to extreme heat, and pen and paper to interactive whiteboards, Jim has taught in face-to-face, blended and online environments. He has designed, developed, and led curriculum projects in ESL, EAP, ESP and ELT in tertiary education and in settlement language training. Jim draws upon these experiences to help teachers implement learning technologies into their course delivery.
edgar.jim @ gmail.com

Kevin O’Brien

B.Ed. OCT., Dip. Adult Education, TESL Part I
Web Manager, Training and Development Specialist

Kevin has been an active elementary, secondary and adult educator for over 40 years. At one time or another, he has taught Adult Literacy and ESL (including LINC). He has had a variety of positions including classroom teacher, curriculum courseware developer, teacher trainer and project coordinator. He also holds the following Ontario Ministry of Education additional qualifications: TESL, Computers in the Classroom, Special Education, and Science in the classroom. Kevin has worked with technology since the early 80’s and has written educational software as well as training teachers to use technology in their classrooms. He has presented multiple times at TESL Ontario and other affiliates and LINC PD days.
kevins email @gmail.com

johnallanJohn Allan

Trainer, Developer, Presenter

John has been working with education technology and language education since 1990.  He has been a part of the LearnIT2teach team in a variety of capacities as required. LinkedIn profile  https://ca.linkedin.com/in/johnharoldallan


Patrick J. Fahy

Ph.D., M.Ed., B.Sc.
Evaluation Consultant

Patrick J. Fahy is a Professor, Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University. He has been a teacher for 40 years (from adult basic education and ESL to graduate levels), and worked for over five years in the private sector. He is a former president of the Alberta Distance Education and Training Association, the Movement for Canadian Literacy, and the Alberta Association for Adult Literacy. Pat has four sons and two grandsons, and has lived in Edmonton with his wife Sharon for 35 years. He is a commercial pilot and (on weekends) a flight instructor.
patf @athabascau.ca
Full Professional Profile

Maatihas2010Matthias Sturm

B. A., M.A. (Maîtrise en formation à distance)
Lead Evaluator and Researcher / Writer

Matthias works towards a PhD in the Languages, Cultures, and Literacies program at Simon Fraser University. For many years, he has supported service providers in adult basic education in their efforts to build program capacity through the use of digital technology. Matthias has much experience with learning and teaching in blended learning environments, and he has worked as a researcher, writer, and evaluator on a number of technology-based literacy and language learning projects.

matthias @ learnit2teach.ca

Associates and Mentors

Mavis Spencer

Administrative & Event Coordinator

A graduate of the Algonquin College TESL program, Mavis taught ESL/LINC in Canada, Mexico and Italy for over twenty years. Returning to Ottawa after some years abroad she acted as Project Coordinator during the development of the LINC 1-4 Classroom Activities and as Coordinator of the full-time Algonquin College LINC program (a champion SPO in the use of blended learning). Mavis has been the LearnIT2teach Admin & Event Coordinator since 2010 and after retiring from the college in January 2016 she is happily spending more time with her family.


MarjanpMarjan Bateni

Trainer / Online Mentor

Marjan Bateni holds a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Post-TESL Certificate of Training (PTCT) in the field of teaching technology for classroom application. She is a Coordinating Assessor competent in using various CLB based assessment tools and a Language Assessor Trainer experienced in training language assessors on various assessment tools. Marjan is also a LearnIT2Teach Trainer skilled in training and mentoring instructors on using technology for blended learning.


Margarita_BerezyanskayaMargarita Berezyanskaya

Trainer / Online Mentor

Margarita has a Master’s degree in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics and is a TESL Canada Professional Certificate Standard Three holder. As the Learner Services Coordinator at English Online Inc., she focuses on growing the unique brand of quality online services for newcomers and oversees the delivery of the LINC Home Study program in Manitoba.


Paul_CarterPaul Carter

BA, CTESL, Moodle Course Creator Certificate, Office Skills and Technology Certificate

Online Resource Developer, LearnIT2Teach Mentor, EAL Instructor

Paul has been working in the Settlement Language Training sector for over ten years, starting in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he completed his BA and CTESL. He has been working with newcomers to British Columbia since 2006 in his role as an EAL Instructor, and has spent the last six years as both Instructor and Online Resource Developer at the Immigrant Services Society of BC. Working with Moodle at ISSofBC led Paul to the LearnIT2Teach program and a mentorship with Jim Edgar that has forever changed his life. Working remotely from the Southern Gulf Islands in BC, Paul now has online students and teacher trainees from the Yukon to Manitoba, and he still finds time to write and direct for his Drama Club for Kids and the local Community Theatre Company. That said, closest to his heart are his musical pursuits and spending time with his two beautiful daughters.


jen4-001Jennifer Chow

Trainer / Online Mentor

Jennifer is currently teaching in the LINC program and loves exploring how technology empowers her students. Because she has experienced how social media has enabled her to stay connected as an educator, a parent and an active citizen, she is motivated to find spaces in her classroom so her students have these same opportunities. Technology has also allowed her to share ideas with other educators on digital storytelling, digital citizenship and Twitter as PD.


Marijke GeurtsMarijke Geurts

Trainer / Online Mentor

I received my M.A. in Education, Language & Literature from The Netherlands and completed my ESL certification in New Brunswick. I am a LINC Instructor and Employment Language Trainer with Newcomer Connections and jumped at the opportunity to incorporate Edulinc in all aspects of my work. It is wonderful to create online activities and share my experience as a Learn IT2Teach Trainer. I enjoy a challenge, which would include my kids, vegetable garden and learning to sew.


Chayan.2jpgChayan Mallick

Trainer / Online Mentor

Chayan obtained her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Bangladesh and the United Kingdom along with CELTA. She is also certified in TESL Ontario, and is a LearnIT2Teach Trainer. Chayan has 15 years of teaching experience in several universities, schools and language schools in home and abroad, she is currently teaching at SaskPolytech as a LINC Instructor. She is passionate about teaching and enjoys her time immensely in class. Outside the classroom, she likes spending time with her family, reading murder mysteries, and watching movies.

Pamela_PhotoPamela Manson

Trainer / Online Mentor

Pamela Manson completed her TESL certification at Algonquin College in Ottawa. Her BMath in Computer Science contributes to her confidence in using blended learning. She has completed the Stage 4 LearnIT2teach training, developing her own Courseware activities. She teaches in the LINC program at Algonquin College, and mentors teachers there and elsewhere as they go through the LearnIT2teach training.


IMG_0324Lesli Nessim

Trainer / Online Mentor

I have been working in the LINC world for seven years. Outside of work I love spending time with my husband, three adult children, one son-in-law, and a wonderful grand-daughter. I love spending time in the mountains, which is one of the reasons Alberta is a great place to live. I really enjoy interacting with our students from all over the world.


IMG_0791(1)Ian Shepherd

Trainer / Online Mentor

Ian Shepherd is an EAL instructor with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia in Halifax. After teaching in Taiwan, he received his M. Ed. in Education at Mount St. Vincent. Ian has always been interested in technology in language learning and strives to incorporate it to the benefit of his learners. In his free time, he likes to exercise, play video games and read.


Nancy_2015_Nancy Van Dorp

M.Ed. Distance Education, B.A. (English), B.Ed. (Adult Education), TESL Ontario Certified, CTDP
Trainer / Online Mentor
Nancy is an early adopter of learning technologies. She works as a trainer, online mentor and online course facilitator. Nancy is also a part time face-to-face instructor and course developer at Sheridan College. She has worked in various capacities in a business environment, as well as having been a LINC Home Study instructor and an SLT Instructor for ESL in the Workplace. She is enchanted with online learning.

Nancy Van Dorp @ learnit2teach.ca


cameronyoung-webCameron Young

Trainer / Online Mentor

I started my career with Bow Valley College 27 years ago and have witnessed the growth and changes in online learning firsthand. During that time I have been involved in teaching, training, materials creation and system administration. Living beside the Bow River, there is nothing I enjoy better that fly fishing on a summer afternoon.

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