The first cohort for our PhD program in Educational Studies started in September of 2010. The Grad Studies Committee thought you might like to hear more about these exceptional educators:
Zain Esseghaier is presently a bilingual assessment specialist at the PEI Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. During his 24 years in education, Zain has taught a variety of subjects from Grade 5 to 12, in French and English. Zain has also been a school principal, and a school district director of Instruction. Zain holds a B.Sc. and a B.Ed. from the University of Prince Edward Island, and an M.Ed. from St. Mary’s
University (Nova Scotia). Zain and his wife Jo-Ann, also a teacher, have three grown children, and live in Charlottetown.
Verne Lorway is currently in her sixteenth year of teaching in formal, public school settings both in Nova Scotia and in Hong Kong. The majority of her years have been spent teaching secondary instrumental and vocal music, as well as French Second Language courses, to students aged twelve to eighteen. However, she has also taught elementary music in English and French. Her experiences have ranged from teaching general music, to music IB (International Baccalaureate), orchestra, concert band, jazz band and choirs of all descriptions. From francophone settings to Art Dramatique; from French Immersion to French IB and extended core French, Verne’s academic background is diverse. She holds a B.A. (honors) in Political Science from Mt. Allison University, a B.Ed. in secondary music from the University of Calgary and an M.Ed. in School Administration from St. F.X. University. She has had French Immersion training at the Univ. Ste. Anne, and studied Sciences Humaines at the Université de Strasbourg in France. Verne’s work is interdisciplinary in nature, and the arts have been central as she strives to nurture an environment which sees the development of student voice in diverse settings. She says that she is ecstatic to be a member of the first Ph.D. cohort to emerge from the UPEI Faculty of Education, as it will assist her in greatly enhancing her work in collaboration with a top-notch team!
Bonnie Stewart is an educator and writer interested in who we are when we're online. In higher ed since 1997, Bonnie has lived and taught on all three coasts of Canada and in Eastern Europe and Asia. Her research explores social media identities and practices, and their implications for learning, academia, and education. Published at Salon.com and Inside Higher Ed, and winner of the 2011 PEI Literary Award for creative non-fiction, Bonnie blogs ideas at http://theory.cribchronicles.com and identity and parenthood at http://cribchronicles.com. Find her on Twitter at @bonstewart.