Elaine holds a Masters of Education in curriculum and Educational Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and works with Classroom Champions as an education coordinator to create resources and support teachers across Canada and the U.S. She is excited to lead the Circle program, which pairs mentors with students who share an Indigenous heritage and connects the Classroom Champions themes to the Seven Sacred Teachings.
A former Classroom Champions teacher, Elaine is passionate about Classroom Champions values and remained active with the organization prior to joining full time – developing programming, creating teacher resources and designing professional development opportunities for teachers. Notably, Elaine developed Google’s Giving Through Glass project. Classroom Champions was one of five non-profits given the award by Google out of more than 1,300 applicants.
Elaine is passionate about inquiry-based learning and supporting teachers to foster strong student-driven classroom communities where generative, authentic and integrated learning experiences can flourish. She is a self-declared science nerd and STEAM advocate who believes in learning from experts and the power of taking students outside to learn in the natural environment. A wannabe children’s literature aficionado, Elaine is never without a book recommendation (or seven) to connect to any idea being explored in the classroom.
Prior to joining Classroom Champions, Elaine earned a bachelor of science and bachelor of education from Queen’s University. She has taught all age levels from kindergarten to Grade 9 across two provinces, most recently working in a science-focused school where she was able to nerd-out to her heart’s content and embrace big projects, including having her Grade 6 students work collaboratively with both the City of Calgary and University of Calgary to undertake a full-scale urban redesign of the 4 Avenue Flyover space in Calgary.
Elaine is also currently working as part of a focus group with Alberta Education, to support the redesign of kindergarten to Grade 12 science curriculum in Alberta, Canada.