Designer of Professional Learning
Nick recently retired after 29 years in education. The last 15 in central office senior leadership positions with Buffalo Trail Public Schools and the Grande Prairie Public School Division. He spent the last 8 years as Assistant Superintendent in either Human Resources or Curriculum. The experience in both rural and urban settings have provided the ability to address questions that impact either area. Nick taught a variety of courses over his years in the classroom, however his main focus was secondary English and Social Studies. He received his Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary. He also spent many years as a Professional Development representative for the local with the ATA, 5+ years on the Central East Alberta Teachers’ Convention as Program Chair. His belief in professional development that addresses the needs of the teacher and the learner was formed in these roles along with time as a Professional Development Facilitator with the Association.
He is excited to be able to assist teachers, school staff and Divisions with their professional learning needs.
Areas of Expertise
•Teacher Supervision and Evaluation
•Collaborative Learning Cultures
•Generative Dialogue as a tool for engaging people in
•Getting to the Why.
•All learners can learn if we make the changes needed in our teaching
•Concepts and the Curriculum
•Making teachers “yours” for the length of their careers
"The power behind professional learning is that it requires an interplay or relationship between the learner, their needs, and the professional development being sought. It cannot be 'done' to someone, it needs to allow the learner to ensure that it addresses their needs. Of course, this often means that, in order to reach higher levels of performance, one often has to first know the right questions to ask and answer."