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About Me

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So this is where I get tell you a little bit about myself and the spin that I bring to my classroom and education in general. First and foremost I would like to say that I am one of the lucky people who has a job that I love waking up and going to each and every morning. I have been placed in a very unique position where I get to combine three of my favorite passions into one always evolving workplace. I am passionate about music, technology, educating the future leaders of tomorrow and my job allows me to mesh these things creating a career that feels handcrafted for me.

I grew up in Burlington, Ontario playing sports and being a pretty average kid. My life changed when my dad took me to Lakeshore Music and bought me my first electric guitar. I traded in my hockey skates for a black Fender Stratocaster and what was to become a pretty exciting career in music. I am extremely proud to say that I spent most of my teens and early twenties playing and writing music with three of my best friends. Over the years we ended up obtaining two recording contracts, one with Atlantic Records/Warner Music and the other with EMI/Capitol Records. We were able to tour coast to coast several times through most of North America and surprisingly were also nominated for a Canadian Juno Award in 2006 for new group of the year.

I was very fortunate to have the experiences I had, meet the amazing people I met and have the strength to walk away from one dream in order to pursue another. Things change, passions evolve and hard decisions are made. I left music in order to go to teacher’s college and to provide a more solid foundation for my family.

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Through my years in music, I was fortunate to learn from very talented people how to use a lot of audio and video recording and editing equipment. This helped spur my passion for all things technological. I began familiarizing myself with both Apple and PC applications finding amazing features and uses from both computer heavy-weights. More recently, I have been consumed with finding ways to use Google and the iPad in order to engage my students and encourage even more innovative collaboration among them. I believe that my students, your children, need to learn using the tools that they are familiar with, and that they will be using in the working world on a daily basis. Technology is changing at a rapid pace but as an educator I feel a responsibility to keep up with this change and help ensure that our future generations are using it wisely, responsibly and for good. I encourage my students to bring their mobile devices to class and am always looking for ways to harness their use.

I have had an amazing start to my career in teaching. Currently, I teach a guitar program in the morning which lets me continue to share my passion for music with my students as well as allow them to make use of the audio and video recording equipment I accumulated from my past career. I also teach grade 7/8 math and language arts in the afternoon which allows me to engage students by letting them use a number of interesting software and cutting edge technologies to solidify and apply their learning. I think that there is a serious benefit to using tools like the iPad in education and a need to embrace our ever changing technological climate. When these tools are used effectively they can help foster unique, creative, engaging and very collaborative learning environments for our students.

I’m pretty sure if you ask my students, your children, they will say that my passion for these things (music, technology and education) is very evident and shines through in the lessons I get to teach them. So thank you for taking the time to read this and allowing me the privilege of continuing to follow my dreams though teaching.

Sincerely,

Mr. Kelly