B.Sc. Human Kinetics, M.Ed.
Jeff is excited to be joining the dynamic North Point team, and he describes himself as an energetic, passionate, and fun teacher who instructs from the Teddy Roosevelt ideology that “Students do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care!” Through effective planning and discourse with all stakeholders, he strives to make his classrooms/school the best choice for all learners!
Jeff has been teaching and coaching for more than 26 years at Calgary Academy. In this position he taught both junior and senior high school, with a focus on teaching students with learning differences. Jeff’s passion is everything mathematics and science. He has taught both subjects extensively with an emphasis on utilizing manipulatives and implementing hands-on inquiry-based projects to achieve success across all learning outcomes.
Throughout his teaching career, Jeff has strived to be at his personal best in his field, remaining current and informed of all changes necessary in honing his pedagogy. Jeff has actively participated in numerous Professional Learning classes, including sessions with an emphasis on helping learners develop their executive functioning skills at various points in their maturation. In addition, Jeff’s PL and studies have been focused on “how to teach the hard to reach” with an emphasis on teaching students with unique learning profiles including students identified as ADHD and gifted learners.
Jeff completed his undergraduate studies in Ontario where he received honours in his BSc. degree from the University of Guelph. He also studied at the University of Windsor while earning a teacher certification at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. In 1996, Jeff moved to Alberta to teach and soon after earned his Master of Education degree at the University of Calgary, specializing in Educational Technology.
Jeff considers himself a true Albertan, having just recently moved past the point where he has lived more than half his life in Calgary! Through all endeavors Jeff is supported by his loving family, which include his caring wife of more than 23 years, Christina, and their two amazing children, Makayla and Andrew.
Jeff is quite active in many aspects of his personal life, from travelling and hiking with his family, to being an avid golfer (always looking for tips to improve in all areas) and participating in “experienced-timers” hockey during the winter months!
Jeff is looking forward to the exciting opportunity to be an active teammate in the vibrant collaborative environment with his new North Point family.