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Brendan F. Kenny

Economics, Business and Mathematics

Brendan Kenny is an experienced and dynamic high-school mathematics, economics and business teacher who has taught the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at various schools across Ontario for the past 10 years. He has extensive experience working with international and ESL students and has spent many years teaching at various schools across mainland China in the summer months including in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai. He holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mathematics and Economics from McMaster University as well as a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and a Masters of Art (MA) in Economics. He is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and is passionate about helping students to realize their full potential and educational goals.

Matthew Dermer has been a Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Chemistry teacher at Riverdale Collegiate Institute since 2004. In 2015, he joined the TDSB’s e-Learning Program, teaching Grade 12 Data Management, Grade 12 Chemistry, and Grade 11 and 12 University/College Preparation Science online.  For all of Mr. Dermer classes, he continuously creates supplementary resources to better meet the learning needs of his students. Since TDSB online courses lack textbooks, he has produced and sourced online materials to give students a way to supplement their understanding of course content. Practice problem sets using online lab simulators (such as those from ExploreLearning or PhET), and engaging students in online classroom discussions via Padlet, are some examples of the tools he employs to deepen student understanding.  At Riverdale Collegiate, Mr. Dermer incorporates blended learning and flipped classroom strategies in order to extend student learning beyond regular ‘face-to-face’ classes. As with his online courses, he has generated instructional YouTube videos for students to watch either in class or at home to supplement his lessons. Creating these systems has allowed him to better meet the needs of a broader range of student learning styles.

Matthew Dermer

Chemistry, General Science, Mathematics

Matthew Dermer

Chemistry, General Science, Mathematics

Matthew Dermer has been a Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Chemistry teacher at Riverdale Collegiate Institute since 2004. In 2015, he joined the TDSB’s e-Learning Program, teaching Grade 12 Data Management, Grade 12 Chemistry, and Grade 11 and 12 University/College Preparation Science online.  For all of Mr. Dermer classes, he continuously creates supplementary resources to better meet the learning needs of his students. Since TDSB online courses lack textbooks, he has produced and sourced online materials to give students a way to supplement their understanding of course content. Practice problem sets using online lab simulators (such as those from ExploreLearning or PhET), and engaging students in online classroom discussions via Padlet, are some examples of the tools he employs to deepen student understanding.  At Riverdale Collegiate, Mr. Dermer incorporates blended learning and flipped classroom strategies in order to extend student learning beyond regular ‘face-to-face’ classes. As with his online courses, he has generated instructional YouTube videos for students to watch either in class or at home to supplement his lessons. Creating these systems has allowed him to better meet the needs of a broader range of student learning styles.

John Drew

ESL AND HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER

Mr. John Drew is an experienced English educator in Ontario, Canada, and a Ph.D. candidate at Western University. He has extensive experience teaching OSSD high school English to Chinese students and is an expert at teacher-student communication. He is familiar with Chinese students’ cultural background and has a unique understanding of how to inspire international students in a class environment and adjust their learning habits to fit the requirements of the Canadian curriculum.

Jennifer has been an English, Religion, and Social Sciences teacher with the Wellington Catholic District School board since 2013. Jennifer holds a BA in English and History from Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario. She also received her teaching certification from Nipissing University. Jennifer believes that education should be creative, innovative and collaborative; learning is a life-long process. She specializes in online education and held the position of District eLearning Support teacher during 2019. She has presented to teachers and administration at Professional Development opportunities to provide helpful assessment practices in online education using rubric builder tools, gradebook and assignment creation within the D2L platform. Jennifer currently lives in Guelph, Ontario, where she enjoys traveling with her family, reading and gardening.

JENNIFER VERDONE

GRADE 9 AND 10 HIGH SCHOOL
ENGLISH TEACHER

JENNIFER VERDONE

GRADE 9 AND 10 HIGH SCHOOL
ENGLISH TEACHER

Jennifer has been an English, Religion, and Social Sciences teacher with the Wellington Catholic District School board since 2013. Jennifer holds a BA in English and History from Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario. She also received her teaching certification from Nipissing University. Jennifer believes that education should be creative, innovative and collaborative; learning is a life-long process. She specializes in online education and held the position of District eLearning Support teacher during 2019. She has presented to teachers and administration at Professional Development opportunities to provide helpful assessment practices in online education using rubric builder tools, gradebook and assignment creation within the D2L platform. Jennifer currently lives in Guelph, Ontario, where she enjoys traveling with her family, reading and gardening.

GARY HUANG

HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS TEACHER

Gary has been a Math and Science Teacher with TDSB since 2002. He started teaching IB Chemistry in 2006 and IB Mathematics in 2007. Gary has presented during PD events & IB roundtables to teachers on “Best Practices” and “Technology Integration”. Most recently, Gary has been involved in the implementation of the new IB DP Math Courses – Analysis and Approaches with different schools in Ontario.

Gary is very passionate about teaching. He focuses on understanding the needs of each individual students, and making the learning experience enjoyable for everyone.

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