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Carole Borthwick
Jessie Wowk Elementary, Richmond (retired)

Carole taught elementary grades up until she retired. Carole and Marnie Ridout (below) who taught a year-long geology and mining unit for their Gr 3-4-5 students, developed the 3-D Rock Cycle Model supplement to the MineralsEd elementary resource units, and contributed to the Rocks & Dirt... activity book for students. Today Carole partners with Marnie to facilitate MineralsEd teacher field trips, helps judge student work for MineralsEd contests, and helps present programs for students at the BC Mining Week Community Fair.
Ann Therese Brace
Second Street Community School, Burnaby (retired)

Ann Brace is one of the original developers of the K-3 Integrated Resource Unit: Kids and Rocks and has presented inservice workshops for the resource unit for other teachers since 1999. Ann has helped developed numerous activities to supplement the K-3 unit (Mining Community Elkford, BC and activity book; K-3 Safety Unit; I am an Exploration Geologist) and is currently also delivering a hands-on rocks workshop for primary students, Kids & Rocks, in Lower Mainland schools.
Bliss Dodd
Wellington Secondary, Nanaimo

Bliss Dodd teaches secondary social studies. He has provided MineralsEd feedback and guidance on secondary social studies curriculum, and has presented instructional workshops for the MineralsEd's Social Studies 10/11 resource unit to UBC student teachers.
Andrea Eisler
Inman Elementary, Burnaby

Andrea Eisler is Grade 5 classroom teacher. She has presented inservice workshops for the MineralsEd's Grade 5 mining unit since 1998 and has offered guidance on all resources and initiatives for intermediate classrooms. Andrea has also guided and contributed to the development of supplementary materials for the Grade 5 unit (Rocks & Dirt...video and activity book, Underground Mine Safety) and contributor to the development of MineralsEd's Grade 7 Earth Sciences resource unit.
Elizabeth Greenway
Second Street Community School, Burnaby

Elizabeth Greenway is a primary classroom teacher. She is one of the original authors of the K-3 Integrated Resource Unit: Kids and Rocks has presented inservice workshops for the resource unit for other teachers since 1999. Elizabeth has also helped guide and develop activities to supplement the K-3 unit (Mining Community Elkford, BC and activity book; K-3 Safety Unit).
Ed Harrison
New Caledonia Secondary, Terrace (retired)

Ed Harrison is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Education, UNBC (Terrace). Before retiring in 2000 Ed taught secondary social studies in Terrace. In his leadership roles within the BC Social Studies PSA and affiliation with the UBC Faculty of Education, Ed provided guidance to MineralsEd and was instrumental in opening doors to present workshops and MineralsEd resources to social studies student teachers at UBC.
Kelly Hawbolt
Magee Secondary, Vancouver

Kelly Hawbolt teaches secondary social studies at Magee. Kelly provided guidance on the development of MineralsEd's BCIT Mining Technology Diploma Program video, a career resource that was provided to every secondary school career program in BC.
David Healing
Stanley Humphries Secondary, Cranbrook (retired)

David Healing, a geologist turned high school teacher,taught secondary science, including ESCI 11 and Geology 12 in Cranbrook. For several years Dave prepared the Geology 12 provincial exam for the Ministry of Education, and later compiled the Geology 12 Question & Answer Database and contributed it to MineralsEd for distribution to other BC science teachers.
Heather Hutchison
George Greenaway Elementary (retired)

Heather Hutchinson was an intermediate grade level classroom teacher and one of the co-authors of the Grade 5 Integrated Resource Unit on Mining. Heather and co-author Patty Kiloh presented inservice workshops for this flagship resource to hundreds of other teachers until 1999. Heather has also involved her students in piloting new MineralsEd contests and student programs at CIM.
Elizabeth Hunter
Lakeview Elementary, Burnaby

Elizabeth is a primary classroom teacher who was one of the original co-authors of the K-3 Integrated Resource Unit: Kids and Rocks. She was instrumental in piloting and presenting inservice workshops for this resource in its earliest years.
Steve Kellas
Centennial Secondary, Coquitlam (retired)

Steve Kellas is one of the co-authors of Earth Sciences 11 Geology 12 "Resources and Ideas", and has presented the workshop for this unit to teachers across the province and to student teachers. Steve continues to assist with the elementary workshop presentations, leads field trips for teachers, presents hands-on activities and facilitates programs for students at both Mineral Exploration Roundup and the BC Mining Week Community Fair, and helps judge student work for MineralsEd contests.
Bruce Kiloh
Terry Fox Secondary, Coquitlam (retired)

Bruce Kiloh is a co-founder on this school program, who worked with Maureen Lipkewich to construct our industry -- teacher partnership program. Bruce wrote and presented inservice workshops for the original Social Studies 10 Mining in BC Resource Unit. He has been instrumental in strengthening MineralsEd connections to UBC, annually leading a field trip for student teachers to Britannia, and presenting a workshop for the secondary social studies unit. Bruce also facilitates the careers-focussed program for secondary students at Mineral Exploration Roundup and facilitates our Pro-D field trips, including our Vancouver Harbour Cruise.
Patty Kiloh (retired)
SD 36, Surrey

Patty Kiloh retired (June 2010) as Principal at William Watson Elementary. Before moving into administration, Patty was an intermediate grades classroom teacher and was one of the co-authors of MineralsEd's the Grade 5 Integrated Resource Unit on Mining. Patty and co-author Heather Hutchinson (above) presented inservice workshops for this flagship resource to hundreds of other BC teachers until 2000. Patty was also the lead teacher in the development of MineralsEd's mining process video -- Rocks & Dirt Just Aren't My Thing or Are They? She has also involved her students in piloting MineralsEd initiatives for students. Patty continues to advise and guide MineralsEd programs, facilitates our Pro-D Harbour Cruise and writes articles about MineralsEd programs for industry publications.
Bill Kingsland
Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary, Port Coquitlam

Bill Kingsland is an outdoors enthusiast and former air traffic controller. He began his high school teaching at Vancouver College. He is currently teaching Geology 12 and is the IT department Head at Archbishop Carney school. New to the MineralsEd team, Bill facilitates teacher Pro-D field trips.
Andrew Kowal (retired)
Maple Ridge Secondary

Andrew graduated from Queens University and worked the first third of his career as a Recreation Therapist at the Edmonton Remand Centre. When he switched to teaching he first taught Physical Education and Alternate Education Programs, later moving on to working with senior students on their Work Experience placements and the Graduation Transition Program. As part of our team, Andrew stepped in where Andy Warkentin left off, continuing to bridge our industry to high school students. He facilitated our high school program at Roundup, facilitated secondary student field trips to mines and on behalf of MineralsEd provided guidance to CTEM's guidebook.
Kerry Lockwood
Pinetree Secondary, Coquitlam

Kerry Lockwood, an Earth Science and rock enthusiast, teaches general science, biology, ESCI 11 and Geology 12 at Pinetree. She taught secondary science, including Earth Science 11 and Geology 12, at Centennial Secondary before transferring to Anmore Elementary where she supported their K-7 science programs in her position as a Resource and Gifted Student teacher. Kerry is the lead developer of a new MineralsEd resource unit, Grade 7 Earth Sciences.
Kathy Macdonald
DW Poppy Secondary, Langley

Kathy teaches general science, biology and Earth Sciences 11. She is one of MineralsEd partner teachers who co-presents an inservice workshop for the PDAC Mining Matters' Discovering Diamonds resource unit to secondary science teachers in BC.
Donald McRae
Centennial Secondary, Coquitlam (retired)

Don McRae taught secondary science in Coquitlam, and was part of the initial teacher team who partnered with our industry to guide the development of MineralsEd's new teaching resources. He was the original teacher-writer of and workshop presenter for the Science 10 Mining in BC Resource Unit.
Dana Meronuk
Coquitlam School District 43 (retired)

Dana was instrumental in building this education-industry partnership by facilitating access to key education groups and people which made MineralsEd outreach and support for teachers early on a success. She was also instrumental in the Education Program's nomination and award from the Conference Board of Canada.
Dave Meronuk
Montgomery Middle School, Coquitlam (retired)

Dave Meronuk worked with colleague Phil Wright (below) to update and revise the secondary social studies unit to fit new curriculum. Dave was the lead teacher on the MineralsEd environment video, Digging for Answers, and assisted with the development of the Rocks & Dirt Just Aren't My Thing video. Dave also worked with Director Maureen Lipkewich to design and implement MineralsEd's university course for teachers, Mineral Resources Development.
Jim Milross
Fraser Heights Secondary, Surrey

Jim is a geophysicist turned high school teacher who teaches general science, Earth Science 11 and Geology 12. Jim worked with Steve Kellas (above) to create MineralsEd's Earth Sciences 11 Geology 12 "Resources and Ideas", sharing it via their hands-on instructional workshops with hundreds of other teachers and student teachers throughout BC.
April Nelson
Rocky Mountain Elementary, Elkford

April is a primary teacher who helped in the development of the MineralsEd's primary Social Studies reader, Mining Community: Elkford, BC, and the accompanying activity book for students.
Wanda Pickell
Flin Flon, Manitoba (semi-retired)

Wanda spent a 30 year teaching career in a vibrant and unique northern Manitoba mining town, Flin Flon, where she and her exploration geologist husband, Jim, lived and raised their children. She enjoyed working with all levels of students from Kindergarten to Grade 9, both as a teacher of all academic subjects, and as a coach in schools and the community. Wanda took early retirement in 2006 to move to Vancouver, where she became certified again and began working as a Teacher on Call. Wanda introduced herself and became involved in MineralsEd in 2009 and since then has been presenting MineralsEd learning station activities for elementary students annually at Roundup, the BC Mining Week Community Fair and at CIM's Mining for Society. Wanda is also a presenter for MineralsEd's Kids & Rocks classroom workshop for primary students in the Vancouver area.
Marnie Ridout
Jessie Wowk Elementary, Richmond (retired)

Marnie taught elementary grades. She co-developed with Carole Borthwick (above) the 3-D Rock Cycle Model supplement to the MineralsEd elementary resource units and was a contributor to the Rocks & Dirt... activity book for students. Marnie partners with Carole to facilitate MineralsEd teacher field trips, help judge student work for MineralsEd contests, and present programs for the BC Mining Week Community Fair.
Mary Ringwald
Eagle Ridge Elementary, Port Moody

Mary is a primary classroom teacher who was one of the original co-authors of the K-3 Integrated Resource Unit: Kids and Rocks, and was instrumental in piloting and presenting inservice workshops for this resource in its earliest years. Mary has also involved her students in piloting new MineralsEd contests and student programs at CIM.
Devon Ross
Summit Middle School, Coquitlam

Devon teaches general sciences and is Vice Principal at Summit Middle School. Previously, Devon taught senior secondary science at Vancouver Technical Secondary, including Geology 12. Devon is one of our presenters for the PDAC Mining Matters' Discovering Diamonds resource unit which MineralsEd has delivered in BC since 2007.
Eric Rustand
Norkam Sr. Secondary, Kamloops

Eric teaches general science, math, Earth Science 11, and videography. He was a student teacher of Don McCrae (above) and took on revision of the Science of Mining unit to fit new curriculum. Eric was also instrumental in guiding the development of MineralsEd's BCIT Mining Technology Diploma Program video, developed Investigating Careers in the Minerals Industry web-based student activity, and has worked with his own students to develop a library of mining career video profiles hosted on bcminerals.ca. Eric facilitates and co-leads MineralsEd field trips for teachers in the Kamloops area, has represented MineralsEd on resource education panels.
Rob Sandhu
UBC Gifted Education (retired)

Rob taught social studies and geography in Coquitlam schools. While serving as an officer in the BC Social Studies PSA in early days of MineralsEd, Rob was instrumental in helping build the teacher -- industry partnership and facilitating ways to share MRPEBC's teacher-written resources with other teachers.
Aliisa Sarte
Port Moody Secondary, Port Moody

Aliisa teaches general science, biology, Earth Sciences 11 and Geology 12. She is one of MineralsEd's partner teachers who co-present an inservice workshop for the PDAC Mining Matters' Discovering Diamonds resource unit with secondary science teachers in BC.
Dave Schneider
Rutland Senior Secondary, Kelowna (retired)

Dave taught general science, Earth Sciences 11 and Geology 12. He facilitates and co-leads professional development field trips for teachers in the Boundary region.
Greg Smith
Southern Okanagan Secondary, Oliver

Greg is a social studies specialist and teacher-librarian. He helped guide the development, and was the premier facilitator and official instructor for MineralsEd's university course for teachers, Mineral Resources Development.
Dawn K. Vogt
Stoney Creek Elementary (retired)

Dawn was a primary classroom teacher who was one of the original co-authors of the K-3 Integrated Resource Unit: Kids and Rocks. She was instrumental in piloting and presenting inservice workshops for this resource in its earliest years.
Andy Warkentin (retired)
Mission SD 75

Andy Warkentin started his career as a Communications Electrician for Telus. As a journeyman he went back to university to earn a technology education degree. Andy became a MineralsEd partner teacher during his tenure as Career Education Facilitator for the Mission School District, helping us for many years to build bridges between secondary students and the minerals industry. He advocated and built support for secondary student Work Experience placements in our industry, served as the MineralsEd representative on the HR Mining Task Force, and facilitated MineralsEd's mining field trips for both secondary students and teachers. After teaching secondary school and college courses for 28 years he switched careers again presently working as a vice-president for Quadra Homes, a multifamily housing developer in Abbotsford.
Alison Waterhouse
York House School, Vancouver

Alison teaches secondary science. She is a co-contributor to the MineralsEd's new Grade 7 Earth Sciences resource unit.
Phil Wright
Pinetree Secondary, Coquitlam (retired)

Phil worked Dave Meronuk (above) to update and revise the secondary social studies unit to fit new curriculum and to share this with other teachers through the Social Studies PSA conference workshops.
 
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