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The High Performing Educator Podcast is hosted by keynote speaker and student mentor, Sam Demma. By tuning in, you will hear the stories and ideas of the world's brightest and most ambitious educators. You can expect interviews with Principals, Teachers, Guidance Counsellors and National Student Association Directors. Each episode will remind you why you got into education, and provide you with cutting-edge ideas that you can implement with your students. Know an educator that should be feat ...
 
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!! This past year has been amazing. The conversations we've had sparked hundreds of ideas, new connections and conversations. None of it would have been possible without you. Season 2 will begin in September and until then, have an amazing overly deserved summer break! - Sam ---------- Want to join the High Performing…
 
In line with the Basilian model of educating the whole person in mind, body, and soul, the Wellness Programme at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) plays an important role by supporting students’ social and emotional needs inside and outside the classroom. The dedicated, full-time Student Wellness Officer, Liat Benzacar, holds a master’s degree in…
 
Tina McInenly is a Cognitive Lead Teacher in Red Deer, Alberta. She works on a division team supporting teachers and students in creating inclusive communities for all students. She values collaboration, inclusivity and the courage it takes to be a learner. Through her story, she shares the foreshadowing of her path to her current role, long before…
 
Julie is a dynamic school and system leader with a broad range of educational leadership experiences spanning three decades in two different school boards. Demonstrated success in collaborative leadership, strategic, operational, and program planning, faculty development, educational technology, and innovation. ---------- Want to join the High Perf…
 
Ryan Laughlin is a proud Bluefield Bobcat from Prince Edward Island. Ryan is a veteran Physical Education and Leadership educator at Bluefield High School. Ryan prides himself on physical fitness, servant leadership, and teaching engaging lessons that serve to develop leadership skills. This has been a memorable year for Ryan as he received the phy…
 
Joyce Sunada has over 30 years of experience as an educator. During that time she was a teacher, an administrator and provincial leader who helped create and support healthy school communities. During the pandemic, Joyce stepped away from presenting workshops for a few months to identify what was truly important to her. This allowed her to establis…
 
Natasha Bathgate is the Director of Learning and Innovation at West Island College, Calgary. An educator for 17 years, she is passionate about people, nature, and good design. Natasha was born in Wales, emigrated to Canada in 2008, and lived in Vancouver for 10 years. Currently in Calgary with her husband and twins aged 10, Natasha is driven by a n…
 
Katie Lewis-Prieur has been in education for more than 25 years, many of it in the classroom teaching English and Drama before working in system-level positions at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. She is blessed to be part of the Specialized Pathways team as the Experiential Learning consultant for K-12. Sarah Abrams has been with the Ottawa Catho…
 
Dr. Kirk Linton is a school principal in Calgary. He graduated with his Ed.D. from the University of Calgary in the Learning Sciences in 2019 and received recognition at the national level for his research on teacher professional learning and research-practice partnerships. He is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Vice Principal of the Year aw…
 
CEO Wellness Founder Suzanne Jeffreys, MS in Education, helps high achievers stress less, power up and create more balance in their lives. Want to look and feel great, work/volunteer smarter, and have plenty of time for family and fun, but not sure how? As an international Speaker, Fitness Professional, Tai Chi Instructor and Certified Nutrition Th…
 
Dov is an Experiential Educator and Business owner with over 30 years of experience working with students. His commitment to improving their well-being, regardless of the challenges they may be facing, is a life-long journey. Today, more than ever, students are facing stress, anxiety and depression. There are solutions to reversing this trend. As F…
 
Hooked on Leadership and Community Service since 1999, Marco LeBlanc is doing leadership right! He’s been teaching since 2009 and has taken students to local, provincial, national and global student leadership conferences. Married to the wonderful Sindy and father to Kate. Marco has also adopted his 29 year old cousin after the sudden passing of hi…
 
Brandi has a passion for public education – to ensure it prepares children to be leaders in our world. Married, with five children in grades 5 through 10, and many pets, Brandi lives in Edmonton. She has served as an executive on multiple school councils, is involved with fundraising societies, and is a frequent school volunteer, with a lifelong go…
 
Jason Schilling was elected president in 2019 following two years of service as vice-president and more than eight years of service as district representative for South West. Prior to his election as President of the ATA, Schilling taught English and drama teacher at Kate Andrews High School, in Coaldale, where he worked for 17 years. Schilling is …
 
Doug Primrose is currently in his 23rd year of teaching. Been at Yale Secondary for the last 15 years. Teach Student Leadership and Law 12. He was Chair of the BC Student Leadership Conference in 2015, and Co-Chair of the Canadian Student Leadership Conference in 2019. Currently, Doug serves as the President of the BC Association of Student Activit…
 
Camille is a principal at a high school concurrently pursuing her Doctorate of Education. She brings enthusiasm, creativity, and a passion for reciprocal learning and teaching to all endeavours. Camille is also a certified executive coach and has worked with many leaders to help them find clarity and a path forward with their leadership dilemmas. S…
 
A graduate of Humber College’s prestigious Film and Television Production program, Anthony’s experience in Canadian film and new media production is extensive and diverse. From corporate film experience to independent film and new media works, Anthony’s love of film/new media led him to a career in teaching that has been equally and deeply rewardin…
 
The TEACH BETTER team imagines a world where every educator is connected, supported, and inspired to be BETTER every day; so that all learners can discover and develop their passions to positively impact our communities. BUT - how do we get there? Not every educator is in the right mental space to learn. While we continue to juggle new elements of …
 
Lori Wagner is the Myrnam Outreach and Homeschool Centre (MOHC) Coordinator. She was born feeling the need to make connections and to help others. The passion to teach was in her blood. She has always looked at learners from an individualized lens; a perspective that was different from how others looked at the teaching profession over twenty years …
 
Christopher Antilope is a secondary school English & Religion Teacher with the Halton Catholic District School Board. In his vocation of teaching, he infuses his devotion to faith, passion for education, and affinity for pop-culture into the realm of "edutainment", that of education and entertainment, making his classes both memorable and meaningfu…
 
Martin is the resource teacher at École secondaire Notre Dame in Woodstock. He is extremely passionate about special education, student success and gardening. If you get a chance to speak with him, definitely ask him about the peppers he's growing :) In this episode, Martin shares a little bit about his own journey into education and why he walked …
 
Tomy is the founder of bridges for solitary. This is a business enterprise operating on social enterprise principles to bring together the poor in developing countries and the youth in Ontario high schools to work together to help create a global community of caring and mutual help. Tomy is also the Chaplain at St. Mary C.S.S, the high school from …
 
Elite Basketball Training Academy's CEO Jamie Stewart has been operating EBTA for 20yrs. EBTA boasts a 100% Scholarship Graduation Rate for players who attend daily! EBTA players on average Train for over 2000 hours Annually, play in over 300 games Annually, which fulfills the longtime belief of the 10,000 required hours needed to receive a Basketb…
 
Christine Bays is the Executive Director at the Unsinkable Organization. After a 10-year career in Communications, Christine worked alongside Silken Laumann on the build and launch of Unsinkable in 2019. Since, the organization has reached 40 million people across the globe with their stories, resources, and events. Christine is passionate about kn…
 
Karen Dancy is an advocate for quality public education. She has been involved in the parent council for the last 8 years. In addition to serving as Chair at both her sons’ grade school and high school, Karen sits on two additional school committees at the Board level. She believes the school and home partnership is vital in supporting student lear…
 
Jim leads the flagship Institute program at West Island College. providing students with academic focused experiential opportunities focused on future careers opportunities in Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, and International Languages and Culture. Jim is always looking to partner with professional organization who …
 
Tim Cavey is a husband, stepfather of two, 8th-grade teacher, assistant principal, and the host of the Teachers on Fire podcast. In 2019, he completed a Master's in Educational Leadership degree that re-ignited his fire for teaching and put him on a new path of growth, professional reflection, and content creation. Tim's a firm believer in the grow…
 
Janessa and Hailey are two extremely passionate educators from a small rural school in Alberta - Ecole Plamondon School. We met at a teachers convention and I thought it was very fitting that we bring them on the podcast today to share a little bit about their stories in education. --------- Want to join the High Performing Educator Network: www.hi…
 
Jackie is a Teacher, Coach, Sports Fan, and Outdoor Enthusiast who loves inspiring Leadership through action. Jackie is also involved in the Alberta Association of Students’ Councils and Advisors as the Social Media Director. --------- Want to join the High Performing Educator Network: www.highperformingeducator.com More information on Sam: www.sam…
 
Jenn Lemieux feels blessed to serve the staff and students at St. Peter's Catholic Secondary School in Barrie, Ontario (SMCDSB). As an educator for the past 22 years she continues to be inspired by the students and staff she works with. Her favourite quote is by John Quincy Adams, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, …
 
Kristina is a retired teacher/administrator in the beautiful Bulkley Valley of Northern British Columbia. In her 38 joy-filled years as an educator, she has taught in BC, Alberta and Manitoba in almost all subject areas from Kindergarten to Grade 12; she loves helping kids reach for their goals and dreams. In her “retirement”, Kristina is the team …
 
Tom Yonge is the Department head of Leadership at Strathcona High School in Edmonton, AB. The heart of his leadership model is service work and in the last 12 years, the program has raised over $3.5 million dollars for local and global charitable organizations. Through these initiatives, the students have learned important life lessons and the emot…
 
Chris McCullough is a Teacher / Vice-Principal in beautiful Red Deer, Alberta. Chris has a broad range of educational experiences, having taught in elementary, middle school, and high school in mainstream programming, as well as in inclusive education and behaviour management programs. Chris is actively involved in the community by volunteering his…
 
Breanne teaches grade 7/8 in a smaller town in Alberta. Instead of giving you a formal bio here, take a moment to read the below email highlighting the story she shared with me over email... "Sam, Thank you for an amazing session today. It was emotional and I loved how you had us all involved. The way you presented made it feel like we were actuall…
 
Nadia Hasan’s educational background is in Environmental Studies focusing on Sustainable Development and Urban Planning. She pursued a career in Art & Design working in Magazine Print Design and web design for a decade before opening her first early learning school. She is the Founder and CEO of Academics Educational Systems; The Academics Edge Sys…
 
Darrell Bergmann is extremely passionate about athletics and keeping himself and his students healthy. We met after he watched me speak at a teacher's convention and as a result, this episode was created! Enjoy. ------------ Want to join the High Performing Educator Network: www.highperformingeducator.com More information on Sam: www.samdemma.com…
 
Lisa Spencer was born and raised in North Bay Ontario. Inspired by amazing educators, she dreamt of one day having the chance to teach. Early entry to Nipissing University’s Orientation to Teaching Program, she was able to start her undergraduate degree in Environmental Geography learning through the lens of an educator. Following passion for Speci…
 
Margot Arnold is an outstanding choice for the Women of the Year Workplace Excellence Award. She continually develops an exceptionally supportive, innovative, and creative class environment for her students in the Entrepreneurship 30 class (Junior Achievement program) and actively contributes to the caring and welcoming environment at school for he…
 
Alina is a passionate Canadianist, energetic English Coach Confidence, Positivity Purveyor, and Passionate Home Cook. She has Silesian-Polish roots, fell in love with Canada, and currently, lives in Berlin with her husband where they enjoy the German cultural diversity and share Canadian values. Her mission is to inspire and empower today’s young E…
 
Michael Kelly currently teaches at Michael Power St. Joseph at the TCDSB. Michael is a highly motivated, passionate, inclusive Catholic educator, coach, world traveller, hockey fan and student leadership advisor interested in expanding his professional network and collaborating with like-minded teachers. He is a passionate and dynamic young educato…
 
Lara is a secondary school educator and administrator. She taught me when I was in high school! She has her Master of Education - MEd focused in Educational Leadership and Policy Development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Her passions include Analytical Skills, E-Learning, Student Counseling, Criti…
 
Trevor Small teaches at the High School that I grew up at. He has a huge passion for Drama and Dance. In today's episode, he shares some ideas about how you can continue your teaching practice in the arts virtually. Want to join the High Performing Educator Network: www.highperformingeducator.com More information on Sam: www.samdemma.com…
 
Andrew Hall is a drummer and started a junior and senior worship band at St. Johns College. He challenges students to write a worship song every year and then takes them to a studio to record it. This year with all restrictions, he can’t do worship band but am still finding ways to give students opportunities. Want to join the High Performing Educa…
 
Cortnie has been teaching for the past 12 years with the Durham Catholic District School Board. Her passion for teaching drives from a growth mindset that no one is ever done learning. Cortnie currently teaches at the AMP Arts School in Durham where her passion for dance and teaching continues to grow as she develops young dancers to be all that th…
 
Matteo Cianfrone is a second-year Health and Physical Education teacher at Bayview Glen. Being a Health and Physical Education teacher, as well as a high-performance soccer coach, Matteo explores the similarities and differences in both professions. Along with sharing his motivations and journey through education, Matteo also shares a couple of fun…
 
Sarah Daintrey has been teaching and doing student activities for 15 years at Clayton Heights Secondary in Surrey BC. She is extremely passionate about service education whether that be inside the classroom or in extracurriculars. The time to do something good is always now. ---------- Want to join the High Performing Educator Network: www.highperf…
 
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