Gerry Cockburn

I was born and educated in Toronto.  My elementary and secondary education was at schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

My first five years in education provided me the opportunity to teach and learn from students at the elementary school level. The remaining eighteen years, I served as a Program Consultant, a Family of Schools Administrator of Special Education, a Vice-Principal and a Principal. It was in these roles that I worked with students and teachers in the successful development, implementation and review of curriculum at both the school and board levels.

During my tenure as Williams Fresh Cafe business owner, I also worked closely with the Halton Catholic District School Boardʼs Adult Learning Centre. I hired and mentored many students who successfully completed their work assignments and were able to graduate from high school.

In October 2011, I was a member of the organizing team that brought to Toronto the first educational ‘unconference’. EdCamp Toronto was a participant-driven event that leveraged social media to promote and assemble a forward-thinking learning community.

As an Apple Specialist, I provided one on one workshops for both young and mature guests, using various software applications. Facilitating the ‘Field Trips for Teachers and Students’ was the most exciting and rewarding aspect of my job. I was able to share my passion for technology with teachers and students, and celebrate the work they had done during these workshops.

I served as an e-Learning Consultant with Mount Knowledge Inc., which is a company that provides 21st Century Learning solutions with their Knowledge Generator software.  Specifically, I am involved int the development, implementation and review of the software.  Specifically, I am involved in the development, implementation and review of the software, as the company works to fulfill its aim of providing global language software solutions.

From February 1, 2013 to June 30, 2013 I served as a Principal of PIS Canada in Anyang, in Anyang, South Korea.  I facilitated and completed the school’s application to the Alberta Ministry of Education to begin the process of transitioning the school to a Alberta accredited school.

I have accepted a Principal position with the Grand Canadian Academy in Tongxiang, Zhejiang Province, China.