Mme. Payne

As a learner, leader, nerd, techie, media junkie and bookworm, I love collaborating with students and colleagues in my work as an elementary teacher in Toronto, Canada. In 2019-20 I will be teaching grade 4/5 French Immersion.

I have worked as a French Immersion in Kindergarten through grade 6, a teacher-librarian, and as a consultant and professional learning leader for teachers in the TDSB. I have found that many of the same strategies and techniques that help students learn and succeed are paying off for teachers too and bringing about exciting changes in public education! I have planned and delivered workshops about teacher leadership, innovation in the classroom, and curricular integration of technology for my fellow teachers in the TDSB, at Google Camp, with Digital Lead Learners, and for ETFO teachers across the province.

I’m always looking for ways to bring innovative and research-based teaching practices into the classroom. I am a Google Certified Educator, and excel in integrating technology in the classroom. During 2017-18, I had the opportunity to carry out a Teacher Learning and Leadership Project (TLLP), funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education on the subject of Design Thinking in the classroom, with great success. Project details can be found here.

As an educator, I’m deeply committed to teacher and student agency, learning for all, play, and exploration in education. I love problem-solving and finding ways to leverage technology to showcase the skills and creativity of everyone I work with.

When I’m not teaching, coaching, or collaborating with colleagues, I can usually be found whipping up a delicious mess in my kitchen, growing organic vegetables in my garden, or hanging out in nature with my partner and my dog.

I share my professional resources and teaching reflections on my own web site as well as on Twitter as @schooledbypayne.