Join Dr. Jan Hare, UBC’s Dean of Education, pro tem, for the second annual Dean’s Community Engagement Series, highlighting key questions and significant priorities engaging educators today.
This virtual session will feature Dr. Sabre Cherkowski of UBC Okanagan’s School of Education, followed by a panel discussion featuring school and school district leaders Jody Billingsley, Principal in the Delta School District; Nicole Davey, Director of Instruction, Learning & Innovation in the Nanaimo Ladysmith School District; Alice Jungclaus, Vice Principal in the Vancouver School Board; and Annie Varghese, Principal in the Richmond School District.
Explore strategies to support the wellbeing of teachers and school leaders and rethink answers to questions such as:
- What are the conditions that contribute to schools and people in schools flourishing?
- How do we increase the resilience, vitality and happiness in school settings in order for educators and learners to thrive in these settings?
- How can educational leaders encourage and sustain cultures of flourishing for all members of the learning community?
Date: April 25, 2023
Time: 4:30-6:00pm PT
Format: Online via Zoom
About Dr. Sabre Cherkowski
Dr. Sabre Cherkowski (BA’92, BEd’94) is Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Okanagan School of Education at the University of British Columbia. She holds a Tier 1 Principal’s Research Chair in Leadership, Learning and Wellbeing. She has been researching flourishing in schools for several years, and was recently awarded UBC Okanagan’s Researcher of the Year award. Sabre brings her experiences as a teacher, coach, and parent to her passion for exploring what it means to flourish in work and life.
About Jody Billingsley
Jody Billingsley (MEd’11, TELP’20) has been a teacher and educational leader for the past 21 years. He taught in Vancouver, West Vancouver, and the Bronx, New York. He currently leads as a Principal in the Delta School District. Jody Billingsley is an educational advocate for equity, inclusion, and for doing what is in the best interest of children. He believes all children should be able to access the curriculum and find success, and that relationships and networking are key within education systems. Jody Billingsley received his Master of Education in Administration and Educational Leadership from UBC and is a graduate of UBC’s Transformative Education Leadership Program (TELP).
About Nicole Davey
Nicole Davey (TELP’17) is currently the Director of Instruction, Learning and Innovation in Nanaimo Ladysmith School District. She is a doctoral candidate with the University of Western Ontario and a graduate of the Transformative Educational Leadership Program with the University of British Columbia. Nicole believes that transformation in education is possible through human connection, supportive learning networks, and an unrelenting moral purpose grounded in equity. She is curious about how to support the learning of all those within the system, connecting to both the head and the heart.
About Alice Jungclaus
Alice Jungclaus (BA’94, BEd’95, MEd’06, TELP’22) is an educational leader who enables learners to develop their individual potential. She holds a Master of Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of British Columbia. As a teacher and coach, Alice’s career spanned from British Columbia in Canada to China, Japan, and Switzerland before returning to Vancouver to assume her current role as a Vice Principal with the Vancouver School Board. Alice is a member of Little Pine First Nation and brings her experiences and perspectives as a Canadian of Plains Cree and Igbo descent.
About Annie Varghese
Annie Varghese (TELP’22) has been an educator for over 21 years as part of the Surrey and Richmond School Districts. She is currently a Principal in the Richmond School District. Annie received her Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Transformative Educational Leadership program at UBC. As a learning leader, her recent focus is on the work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and creating belonging for all learners in her school community. She is a passionate believer that all students can find success given a foundation of trusting relationships with a focus on the whole child. Annie values mentorship and ongoing professional learning in her journey as an educational leader.