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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.

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.
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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.
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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

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.

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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.

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.

Anthony Caldwell

Trainer / Online Mentor

Anthony Caldwell has 20 years of experience in the EAL field with a background in languages and applied linguistics.  He is a certified PBLA Lead and is currently a Supervising Team Lead, Language Services with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS).

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_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), CTDP,  OCELT,  PTCT Instructor

Senior Trainer / Developer

Nancy is a Canadian educator who is a Senior Trainer, Developer and Online Mentor on the project. She also teaches culture and technology courses at Sheridan College for more than 10 years. Nancy has worked in various capacities in a business environment and has been a LINC Home Study instructor and an SLT instructor for ESL in the Workplace. She is enchanted by EdTech possibilities for learning and is passionate about academic integrity.

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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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