Kat Germain

Actor, Audio Describer & Advocate, Writer/ Producer, Teacher

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Education

Additional Basic Qualification, Primary Division, 
    Queens University, 2007

Additional Qualification, Special Education, 
    Queens University, 2004

Basic Qualification, Intermediate and Senior Divisions, 
    York University, 2001

Bachelor of Education, Consecutive Education Program, 
    York University, 2001

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Major in Theatre Arts, Minor in English, 
    Acadia University, 1998

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: SELECTED WORKSHOPS, COURSES & SEMINARS

 

  • Teaching strategies for Deaf students: Hearing Aids; Cochlear Implants

  • Applied Behavior Analysis Certification

  • Behaviour Management System

  • Foundations of Children and Youth Mental Health and Well-Being

  • Crisis Intervention/ Prevention Training

  • CPR /First Aid - Canadian Red Cross Society

  • “Positive Practices for Positive Classrooms” workshop

  • Middle Years Literacy Program and Soar to Success

  • Pervasive Developmental Disabilities Professional Development

  • Experience with Board Maker and several Augmentative Communication Devices

Professional Affiliations

Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)
Elementary Teachers of Ontario (ETFO)
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF)

 

PROFESSIONAL STRENGTHS AND SKILLS

 

Occasional Teacher at TDSB: 17 yrs specialize in alternative learning environments and intensive support classrooms for neurodivergent  students; reflective practitioner
Outstanding leadership and management skills; flexible and easy going
Advocate/ activist re: equity, inclusion and autonomy for artists who experience disability/ are Deaf 
 

HIGHLIGHTS: TEACHING EXPERIENCE 

 

Occasional Teacher, Toronto District School Board, Fall 2001 – present


Have taught every grade from kindergarten to (formerly) OAC; every subject in the Primary through Intermediate levels. Gained much experience teaching in Special Education classrooms working with students with Developmental, Multiple and Learning Disabilities, Behavioural and Gifted. Enjoy the flexibility of Occasional Teaching and the diverse experiences that come with teaching in such a multitude of schools, subjects and classroom settings. 

 

Half-time Library Learning Resource Centre,  half-time Literacy Coordinator,  Jan 2010 – June 2010


Model Schools for Inner Cities site.

Created cross-curricular Balanced Literacy unit for teachers in all grades that integrated drama, media literacy and script writing into existing work on Narrative texts with a focus on the media’s representation (or lack thereof) of people with lived experience of disability or who are Deaf.

Under Model Schools initiatives, created beginnings of a Parent lending library

Purchased books resulting in dramatic increase of multicultural and bilingual books to better represent the community and the school’s 30+ languages.

Sat on boards for the school’s Multicultural Parent night and the committee to spend the school’s Performing Arts budget.

 

Classroom Teacher: Multiple exceptionalities (developmental disabilities coupled with low/ no mobility and intensive health concerns),  March 2008 – June 2008    


Worked with physiotherapists, vision and hearing specialists and arts organizations seeking to further expand the students’ abilities and experiences.

Lead the DVD Yearbook committee

Winners: Science fair. Exploration of safety, velocity and inertia which was built to allow students to independently initiate the experiment using adaptive technology.

Sat on board school-wide arts week

Organized field trips for my students. For the first time in their lives, these six children went to the theatre.

 

Classroom Teacher: Multiple exceptionalities (behavioural coupled with Autism and other developmental and communicative differences), September 2003 – June 2004    


Devised programs that involved the students more directly in the school community and focused on students’ communication, confidence, independence and feelings of belonging.

Involved in a school-wide scheduling restructure and student placements.

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