I have been teaching CTS related courses for over 25 years primarily in the BIT cluster. As a Department Head, I became more familiar with other clusters and am now a Technology Consultant with Fort McMurray Catholic Schools. In partnership with local industry and post-secondary, we have introduced a program emphasizing careers in the Energy Industry including Electrical, Millwright, Instrumentation and Power Engineering. I believe that CTS skill development of our youth is as important as the "Core" programs. I have been on the Council Executive since 2011 as PD Northeast Director and the 2015 Conference Director.
Deborah MacFadyen, currently with Calgary Board of Education as the Site Leader of Westbrook Outreach School, is an experienced K-12 educator, administrator, PD facilitator and published author whose academic credentials include B.Sc., B.Ed. and M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning and Supervision. Deborah has served in school, central office and Alberta Education settings in leadership roles in math, science, IOP, K&E courses, CTS courses, Career Pathways, Off-Campus and Health and Safety initiatives. Deborah is one of the founding members of the CTS Provincial Coordinator group and the Alberta Education Health and Safety Advisory panel for the CTS Provincial Safety Committee.
As a former K&E and CTS Alberta Education Resource Manager and CBE lead for the Southern Alberta CTS Resource Centre, Deborah provided innovative, strategic leadership for the acquisition, development and implementation of CTS and K&E (and former IOP as well) resource materials, programs of study and the KE online guide, the Studio in addition to a number of safety resources, particularly, the Alberta Education Integrating Health and Safety document and the CTS Health and Safety Handbook. As an author with McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Rogue Media, Classroom Video and Alberta Education, she has written both academic and occupational curriculum and resources.
Deborah has facilitated many diverse professional development opportunities and partnerships across the province with school jurisdictions, post-secondary, business and industry and ATA Councils. She continues to mentor student learners, teachers and administrators in implementing provincial legislation, regulation, policy, programs of study using effective pedagogical practice and personalization of learning.
Lloyd Bloomfield is an experienced Construction and Design teacher with Edmonton Public Schools who is also the current Assistant Principal at the Amiskwaciy Academy. He was previously the CTS Department Head at Harry Ainlay School. As well as being a journeyman carpenter, Lloyd is the district lead for Design Studies for EPSB, a long-time volunteer and supporter for many CTS competitions, and an active member of a number of CTS-related professional organizations at the provincial level.
Ian Stewardson is a staff officer in Member Services in the Southern Alberta Regional Office (SARO) of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. Prior to joining ATA staff, Ian served as a school-based administrator for 18 years and 11 years as a Junior High Social Studies Teacher and Guidance Counsellor. He has worked in schools ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Throughout his career, Stewardson has been actively involved in his profession, serving on the Association Administrator Instructor Corps, as an Admin Rep on Local ATA, and as a member of Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium Board. Ian holds Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary and a Master of Arts (Education) degree from the San Diego State University. His experience includes involvement with mentoring new administrators, and teachers.
Margareta Hinrichsen has been the treasurer of the CTS Council for many years and CETC for the past year since changing our governance model. She has an extensive financial background and prior to becoming a teacher she worked in the Banking Industry for many years. She obtained her Education Degree from the University of Alberta and graduated in 2002- majoring in Business Education. Just after she graduated she was contracted to write a one credit course for Legal Studies – Law and Small Business. She currently work for Alberta Distance Learning Centre and she is the Lead Teacher for Financial Management. She has, however, taught in numerous CTS occupational areas, which included classroom experience at Ross Sheppard High School in Edmonton. Since starting with ADLC, she has been active in promoting CTS courses in addition to developing courses within Financial Management, Tourism and Marketing & Management. In 2008, she became a Teacher Champion for the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada. In this capacity, she strongly advocates the need to promote financial life and literacy skills to students and encourage teachers to use the free resources FCAC offers students, teachers and consumers. Her ability to keep track of the finances of the organization are the prerequisites that put this council back toward solvency.
Carmen Wasylynuik has been the secretary since being elected at the AGM in the spring of 2015 in our transition to a fall conference and AGM. She is currently working at Chestermere High School for Rocky View School Division. She has a background in commercial cooking and has worked at a variety of school divisions. She brings expertise in keeping track of correspondence and minutes of meetings.
Alicia Kneeland –Teasdale has been the Membership Services since the 2014 Canmore Conference. She coordinates most of the Social Activities of the Council. She has attended the Beginning Teachers’ Conference to promote registration for membership. Other activities which she enjoys are working with community agencies to create partnerships and promote an understanding of the work we do with the communities that host our conferences.
Cecil Hall brings an excellent command of technology and has been working this year to transition our website from a google driven site to one which is housed by the ATA. This has been a considerable amount of work. He has ideas how to make the website even more user friendly. He currently is teaching at Nelson Mandela High School in Calgary in the area of financial management.
After 15 years of working in Offshore Oil with Engineering and Geological Reports, I ventured into teaching full time at the high school level. Although having a Math background, my experience provided me with skills useful to teach students computer skills … Adobe products, Microsoft Office products and Computer Science.
I am passionate about students gaining real world skills that they can use throughout life in the area of computers. I worked as a Specialist for the Calgary Board of Education for 5 years when we were implementing the new CTS Program of Studies. Firmly believing that our project courses provide teachers with flexibility and innovative ways of engaging students in areas of interest.
Currently I work as the Learning Leader, CTS & Off-Campus Education at John G Diefenbaker High School. Teaching Computer Science 10, 20 & 30 as well as some Robotics from a Programming point of view.
I Graduated from both University of Alberta; CTS majoring in Human Ecology, and from Olds College; majoring in Fashion Merchandising. Presently, I’m teaching at Jasper Place High School in Edmonton, Foods and Fashion Studies, along with being the Department Head for CTS department. I have been teaching high school foods and fashion studies for 18 years. I truly love teaching within my specialty and hope in instill the passion I have into the students that I teach. I believe that I must challenge myself with new technology, techniques and practices to keep my classes forward moving. Thus, I believe and encourage professional development and collaboration whenever possible.
In my position of Professional Development Director – Edmonton area, I’m excited and welcome the chance to encourage and inform my colleagues of the various PD opportunities within Alberta. I know this year will be exciting.