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About Karen Steffensen…

Aix en Provence 2008

Formerly an Assistant Superintendent with the Surrey School District, in British Columbia and a Student Achievement Officer with Ontario’s Ministry of Education Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, working as a member of the Capacity Building team. Prior to these positions, I was a Curriculum Consultant with the York Region District School Board’s Arts team and for three years was seconded to York University, serving as a Course Director for the Faculty of Education’s Consecutive Education program, teaching and mentoring Primary/Junior Teacher Candidates at the Richmond Hill site within the York Region.

I am a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Music, majoring in Piano, Composition and Voice. Several musical compositions have been performed publicly and on CBC radio, including performances by the Vancouver Cantata Singers, the UBC University Singers and by numerous instrumental and choral ensembles.

With over 30 years experience in education, my career spans four teaching divisions (Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior), within three provinces, British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Throughout my career, I have been involved in developing and presenting a range of curriculum materials and strategies for use at the elementary and secondary settings. Literacy, Social Studies and teaching in and through the Arts have been the main areas of focus for the development of curriculum materials, which include numerous choral compositions, an original anti- bullying musical and an elementary Homelessness curriculum written for York University’s Faculty of Education Research and Field Development Office, published on the Homeless Hub website http://www.homelesshub.ca/education/integrated-unit-homeles . . .

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