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Meet The Mentoree Leadership Team
Noa Daniel MEd, is a teacher, consultant, coach and Chief Building Officer at BOB. Noa is also a podcaster and a blogger. She hosts The Personal Playlist Podcast (#P3) and the weekly live OnEdMentors show on VoicEd Radio She blogs about her work in and outside of school and writes a weekly post on each of her guest’s on the P3.
Noa is also the cofounder of OnEdMentors Connect (OEMConnect) with Leigh Cassell at Digital Human Library (dHL). OEMConnect is a community that supports 1:1 self-directed mentorship experiences as professional learning to strengthen teacher efficacy and impact student achievement.
Noa is a director on the board of Learning Forward Ontario, and she is excited to contribute to this organization which aims to support the professional learning needs of our province’s change leaders.
Leigh Cassell is an educator, adventurer, entrepreneur and partner in learning with teachers, students, businesses and NGOs around the world. Leigh is an Education and Innovation Consultant, and Founder and CEO at Digital Human Library and the Digital Human Library Foundation. Driven by her passion to inspire in others a love of learning, Leigh’s work in education focuses on building relationships in ways that leverage digital technologies, develop global competencies, design new critical digital literacies, and prepare students to succeed as next generation learners. Leigh is a dynamic influencer and reflective practitioner, highly skilled in building networked learning communities in ways that cultivate emotional intelligence and nurture leadership in education. Leigh is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Google Certified Educator, SMART Certified Interactive Teacher, and a Founding Partner of Live Learning Canada.
Most recently Leigh Cassell cofounded OnEdMentors Connect (OEMConnect) with Noa Daniel at Building Outside the Blocks. OEMConnect is a community that supports 1:1 self-directed mentorship experiences as professional learning to strengthen teacher efficacy and impact student achievement.
Christine Chin is a classroom teacher and leader who is dedicated to student success and well-being. Over the past 13 years, she has spent her time as French Immersion teacher dedicated to creating and nurturing collaborative learning cultures that support teachers, students and their families. Her experiences have informed her understanding of how to support students who face specific challenges within the French Immersion setting.
As an NTIP Mentor and Literacy teacher, she has enjoyed the process of supporting teachers to further develop their skills and continue along their learning journeys. Her participation on the Leadership Team at OEMConnect has allowed her to be inspired by others and find creative ways to give back to her community.
Christine is a wife and proud mom to Sophie and George.
Bernadette Smith is an experienced principal with the York Region District School Board. She began her career in the Toronto District District School Board where she assumed various roles including as a classroom teacher, ESL Teacher and Literacy Coach. As Project Leader/Consultant of the TDSB Early Years Literacy Project and Course Director/Developer of OISE/UT Reading Additional Qualification Courses, she continued to pursue her passion for instructional leadership in the area of literacy development which she views as foundational to academic success. As an effort to support the growth and development of educational leaders, Bernadette is a developer and instructor of courses offered through the Ontario Principal Council. Bernadette recently completed a secondment at the Ministry of Education as an Education Officer within the System, Planning, Research and Innovation Division. There she worked with ministry staff and various districts across Ontario on transformative educational initiatives to deepen student engagement and application of skills; promote equitable student outcomes; and meaningfully leverage technology in preparation for future readiness.
As an innovative educational leader, she mobilizes and nurtures ecosystems that amplify diverse voices while creating equitable and inclusive spaces in aspiration of shared vision and knowledge mobilization. Bernadette is a wife and caring mother of two children aged 13 and 14. She values the building of strong relationships and contributions of others in pursuit of collective efficacy resulting in student, staff, and community success and well-being. She is an avid learner and seeks inspiration through her daily encounters and endeavours.
Teri Rubinoff, PhD is an Ontario Certified Teacher (Special Education Specialist). She has held a variety of roles in education including classroom teacher, special education teacher, literacy teacher, and special education consultant (K-12) in a large public board of education in the Greater Toronto Area. She has also been a university lecturer in the areas of early childhood and disability studies. She earned her PhD in Education at York University in Toronto where her research focused on teacher education, inclusive education, and disability studies. She began her involvement with OnEdMentors as a mentor and is thrilled to be part of the leadership team!
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