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Natalie Vera

Natalie Vera

Toronto
Summary

Professional, career, and research objectives

  • To create and foster an inclusive and positive, learning environment and to make a difference in students’ lives.
  • To create and encourage an environment conducive to effective learning through appropriate curriculum delivery.
  • To develop and maintain a learning and working environment that encourages respect, responsibility, honesty, and compassion.
  • To develop and grow as a teacher and as a leader.
Overview
41
41
years of professional experience
6
6
years of post-secondary education
Work History

Assistant Head of Upper School, Academics

Crescent School
2021-11 - Current
  • Collaborates with the Heads of School and Assistant Heads to harmonize school academic initiatives and
    programs throughout the School and creates a culture of unity, respect and cooperation in keeping with the
    School’s core values
  • Collaborates with the Head of Upper School and Dean of Studies to prepare the Upper School master
    timetable, teaching assignments, class placements and room allocations; oversees the Upper School exam
    schedule
  • Assists in developing and enforcing the Upper School’s academic policies, including those pertaining to external
    credits, academic integrity, and assessment
  • Assists the Dean of Studies in overseeing the Ontario Ministry of Education inspection process
  • Participates in the implementation of the School’s Strategic Academic Plan
  • Establishes, maintains and enforces School rules and procedures for student conduct by addressing disciplinary
    issues, uniform infractions, and attendance concerns; modifies attendance policies and procedures as
    necessary
  • Creates a supportive and welcoming environment for students and families by communicating information
    through the weekly School newsletter, responding to inquiries, and hosting and attending Upper School events
  • Coaches and champions faculty; facilitates faculty meetings involving academic concerns of students; supports
    the implementation of current research pedagogies that support the education of boys; oversees daily duty
    responsibilities
  • Provides guidance to Department Heads in matters pertaining to academics in the Upper School
  • Participates in the recruitment process of new teachers and supply teachers
  • Teaches academic courses and participates in co-curricular activities as required

Head of Summer Academic Programs

Crescent
2021-09 - Current
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the SAP
    &SSP (both virtually and on-campus), including,
    but not limited to: health & safety screening and
    protocols, attendance, school/program rules,
    and procedures
  • Creates a supportive and welcoming
    environment for students and families;
  • Communicates and resolves conflicts effectively
    with students and families;
  • Development of summer faculty through
    curriculum development expertise, visiting
    classrooms and providing teacher feedback and
    evaluations
  • Prepare teacher placements and class lists
    Liaises with IT, when needed, to resolve technical
    issues of teachers and students
  • Other duties as required

Subject Head: Curriculum and Faculty Growth

Crescent
2021-08 - Current

• Champions the subject and ensures the delivery of the curriculum that is engaging and relevant for students in each division and grade level;
• Ensures that there is vertical and horizontal curriculum alignment (either Grades 3-6 or Grades 7-12); • Collaborates with their Subject Head counterpart;
• Ensures that both the curriculum and Essential Character Qualities for the subject are in accordance with The Crescent Way and Ministry of Education guidelines and policies (and College Board guidelines and policies for AP courses, where applicable);
• Oversees the Atlas Curriculum Management program for their subject and ensures that at all curricular and competency information is entered into this program each year;
• Keeps abreast of best practices and innovative activities and applies strategies to improve teaching, including appropriate cross-disciplinary initiatives and co-curricular activities;
• Ensures that key subject resources are current and renewed annually; facilitates the evaluation and implementation of new resources, technology, subject-specific equipment and teaching aids; • Leads the writing, production, approval and filing of subject exams Grades 7-12 and formative assessments in Grades 3-6;
• Facilitates regular subject meetings and documents and posts minutes;
• Manages, coaches and champions faculty in conjunction with the Division Head;
• Attends Subject Head meetings and takes responsibility for follow-up tasks;
• Participates in the hiring process for new members of her/his subject team, makes recommendations regarding staffing, and mentors new team members;
• Coaches members of the subject team, provide feedback and opportunities for growth; • Manages subject budgets and ordering of supplies, materials and other subject needs; • Coordinates with administration regarding course promotion and enrolment, to ensure that the appropriate number of students are registered and sections are offered for classes (Grades 7 -12).

Learning Management System Integrator

Crescent
2021-06 - Current

• Liaise with the LMS project team to ensure the vision for the project is successfully translated into the requirements and needs for their division;
• Acts as a champion for their division by identifying and eliminating obstacles for faculty as they transition to the new LMS;
• Provide support to faculty members to answer questions and troubleshoot, or direct faculty for further support;
• Provides faculty with guidance and support on best LMS practices and standards;
• Support the Technology Integrator in creating and developing LMS training materials; • Provides timely and regular feedback to the project team regarding divisional updates; • Coordinate with the Technology Integrator and departments in setting up the Grade Book within Schoology.

Assistant Head of Summer Academics

Crescent
2021-03 - Current
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the SAP (both virtually and on-campus), including, but not limited to: health & safety screening and protocols, attendance, school/program rules, and procedures
  • Creates a supportive and welcoming environment for students and families;
  • Communicates and resolves conflicts effectively with students and families;
  • Provides support to the SAP Director in the development of summer faculty through curriculum development expertise, visiting classrooms and providing teacher feedback and evaluations
  • Collaborates with the Director, Summer Academic Program to prepare teacher placements and class lists
  • Liaises with IT, when needed, to resolve technical issues of teachers and students
  • Other duties as required

LS Head of Technology Integration and Innovation

Crescent
2017-08 - Current
  • Supported staff by running PD sessions and one on one coaching
  • Conducted research, gathered information from multiple sources and shared resources.
  • Developed team communications and information for meetings.
  • Participated in continuous improvement by generating suggestions, engaging in problem-solving activities to support teamwork.
  • Proved successful working within tight deadlines and fast-paced atmosphere.

LS Head of Math Department

Crescent
2008-08 - Current
  • Collaborated with Math department Heads to achieve continum throughout grade 3-12.
  • Participated in continuous improvement by generating suggestions, engaging in problem-solving activities to support teamwork.
  • Proved successful working within tight deadlines and fast-paced atmosphere.
  • Offered multiple resources to all lower school teachers

Teacher

Crescent
2005-06 - Current
  • Incorporated exciting and engaging activities to reinforce student participation and hands-on learning.
  • Evaluated and revised lesson plans and course content to facilitate and moderate classroom discussions and student-centered learning.
  • Kept students on-task with proactive behavior modification and positive reinforcement strategies.
  • Devised and implemented strategies to create and maintain cohesive school community within virtual classroom setting.
  • Reviewed curriculum and devised alternate approaches to presenting lessons to increase student understanding.
  • Worked cooperatively with other teachers, administrators and parents to help students reach learning objectives in all areas of study
Education

Master of Education Curriculum And Learning

University Of Toronto OISE
2008-01 - 2009-08

Graduate Diploma Education Junior And Intermediate

The University Of Canterbury -Christchurch College Of Education
2004-01 - 2005-04

Bachelor of Arts- Sociology Honours Sociology Honours

University Of Western Ontario
1999-09 - 2003-05
Skills

Google Certified Educator and Coach

Hapara Transformative Educator

Hapara Integrated Educator

Microsoft Educator Certification

Flipgrid Certified Educator

Level 1 Special Education

Off-Site Risk Management Course

First Aid and CPR defibrillator

Apple Educator

Flipgrid, Edpuzzle & Screencastify certified, Tech Innovator

Additional Information

Professional Development & Awards:

2020 Recipient of the Prime Mister Teaching Excellence in STEAM award

  • 2022-PQP part 2-OISE (Toronto)
  • 2022-AQ Intermediate Division- First Nations, Metis and Inuit Studies: OISE (Toronto)
  • 2021- PQP part 1- OISE (Toronto)
  • 2021- AQ Senior Division- Social Sciences: OISE (Toronto)
  • 2020- 4D Teaching Course-Center for Curriculum Redesign
  • 2019- Off-Site Risk Management Course by Lousie Melvile Head of Melville Consulting (Crescent School, Toronto)
  • 2019- Flipgrid Certification Level 2 (Toronto)
  • 2018-2019- Cohort 21:professional development initiative is to build a community of passionate CIS Ontario educators who are interested in refining and redesigning their practise through the exploration of new pedagogies, ideas and learning tools. (Toronto)
  • 2017-2018- Special Education Level 1: UofT (Toronto)
  • 2017- Google Certification Level 1 & Level 2 (Toronto)
  • 2015-2016 Reichert Research project for the IBSC- presented and co-author (Toronto & Vancouver- St. George’s School)
  • 2013- Atlas Curriculum Mapping Conference (Toronto)
  • 2011- IBSC Research Project: Relational Teaching (Philadelphia)
  • 2008- JUMP Math workshop (Toronto)
  • 2008- TARGET (Toronto Action Research Group-Excellence in Teaching)
  • 2007- Alan November Building Learning Communities Conference (Boston, MA)
  • 2007- Robotics and Technology Educators Conference (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 2007- CIS/ George Briggs Conference- Presented seminar about SMART technologies (Oshawa, Ontario)
  • 2007- Kathleen Baxter’s Connecting Boys to Books (Toronto, Ontario)
  • 2007- SMART Master’s Session (Hamilton, Ontario)
  • 2007- JUMP MATH Seminar (U of T, Ontario)
  • 2007- Greg Tang’s Go Fast, Go Far Mental Math Series (Toronto, Ontario)
  • 2006- OFSAA Coaching in Ontario Schools Education Program (Toronto, Ontario)
  • 2006- SMART Technologies- Ontario Users Conference (Oakville, Ontario)
  • 2006- TBSC Conference (Toronto, Ontario)
  • 2006-Present -CPR, Automated External Defibrillation (AED) and First Aid (Toronto, Ontario)
Timeline

Assistant Head of Upper School, Academics

Crescent School
2021-11 - Current

Head of Summer Academic Programs

Crescent
2021-09 - Current

Subject Head: Curriculum and Faculty Growth

Crescent
2021-08 - Current

Learning Management System Integrator

Crescent
2021-06 - Current

Assistant Head of Summer Academics

Crescent
2021-03 - Current

LS Head of Technology Integration and Innovation

Crescent
2017-08 - Current

LS Head of Math Department

Crescent
2008-08 - Current

Master of Education Curriculum And Learning

University Of Toronto OISE
2008-01 - 2009-08

Teacher

Crescent
2005-06 - Current

Graduate Diploma Education Junior And Intermediate

The University Of Canterbury -Christchurch College Of Education
2004-01 - 2005-04

Bachelor of Arts- Sociology Honours Sociology Honours

University Of Western Ontario
1999-09 - 2003-05