PANEL A:
Education Beyond the Classroom

The typical embodiment of education is four walls of a classroom with a rigid schedule,

which can be a turn away for many folks. In reality, there are many other opportunities to

pursue education outside of a traditional classroom. This panel will feature a variety of

educators speaking to their unique experiences and encourage delegates to think

outside-the-box when pursuing a career in education. Read about our panelists below.

Karma Tomm

Karma Tomm’s multi-faceted career has included performing, teaching, and music administration. She holds degrees in violin performance from McGill University and Indiana University. She performed professionally as an orchestral and chamber musician, toured North America, Europe and Asia with different ensembles and participated in several international festivals, and has taught students of all ages and levels. She particularly enjoys collaborations with living composers, and projects that involve different artistic mediums. In 2007, she relocated to Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario (Canada) where her focus shifted toward teaching and administration. In 2015 Ms. Tomm, together with colleagues from Queen’s University, the Limestone District School Board, The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library, and a fabulous team of teaching artists and volunteers, launched Sistema Kingston. Ms. Tomm is committed to providing access to high quality music learning for children who face adversity, and to building bridges for students between Queen’s University and the greater Kingston community. 

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PANEL B:
Creating Inclusive Spaces and Recognizing Positionality

As education evolves to prioritize trauma-informed and anti oppression teaching, it is

imperative that educators are able to use their position to uplift marginalized voices and

create a safe space for all students. This panel will feature a meaningful discussion to allow

delegates to learn, unlearn, and grow in order to recognize their own positionality and

create an inclusive classroom environment for everyone. Read about our panelists below.

Lorraine Holt

Lorraine Holt is an Assistive Technology Resource Teacher with the Peel District School Board. In this role, she facilitates the integration of assistive technology to support special education teachers and students. She completed her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University and her Master’s Degree at the University of Toronto, where she researched cooperative learning in a primary classroom. Her latest passion involves integrating switch activated technology in Medically Fragile Classrooms to promote success and independence. She uses her focus and energy to advocate for all students with special education needs, ensuring they receive the support they require. Prior to this position, she was a Special Education Support Teacher and has worked as a classroom teacher in Canada and Mexico. Lorraine is a Lead instructor with ETFO AQ and facilitates Special Education AQ courses. She has authored resources and presented workshops and webinars for OPHEA, Peel DSB, ETFO and TV Ontario.

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PANEL C: 
Practical Classroom Strategies 
(Intermediate-Senior)

While many new educators and teacher candidates are full of aspirations to positively impact their students, many lack the practical experience to be able to manage a class and enact this change. In this panel discussion, delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear from a variety of professionals on how to engage students, implement classroom management techniques, and cater to all students and their individual needs. Read about our panelists below.

Jacqueline Allen

Jacqueline Allen has been in teaching for over 30 years, and she still loves her job! She has taught in both private and public schools, from Grades 7 through 12. Her teachable subjects are English and Geography, and she has taught Leadership and Culinary Arts as well. She is a guidance counsellor, curriculum leader, and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Coordinator at Monarch Park Collegiate in Toronto. She is engaged in Equity, Literacy, Prom and Social Committee work, and she loves collaborating with her colleagues and working with students.

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PANEL D:
Practical Classroom Strategies
(Primary-Junior)

While many new educators and teacher candidates are full of aspirations to positively impact their students, many lack the practical experience to be able to manage a class and enact this change. In this panel discussion, delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear from a variety of professionals on how to engage students, implement classroom management techniques, and cater to all students and their individual needs. Read about our panelists below.

 

Joanna Znotins

Joanna Znotins has taught Primary and Junior French Immersion in the Limestone District School Board for the past three and a half years. Joanna strives to make her classroom a welcoming and inclusive place for all her students, to make learning engaging and interactive, and to differentiate her instruction to meet her students' individual needs. A Queen's Con-Ed grad and past QCE delegate herself, Joanna is excited to return to QCE this year in a different capacity and to share her experiences and insights with this year's delegates.

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