Phone: 204-632-6641 ext. 67001
Ben Carr is the Principal of the Maples Met High School in Winnipeg - a Big Picture Learning School that takes a unique approach to education, by centering learning around the student's interests.
Prior to taking over this new role in January 2019, Ben was a Divisional Principal at the Board Office in Seven Oaks School Division, working on post-secondary programming within Seven Oaks, as well as community engagement initiatives around Indigenous education and support for families and community members living with challenging socioeconomic situations.
From 2016-2018, Ben served as the Director of Parliamentary Affairs to the Minister of Canadian Heritage in Ottawa. He has spent several years working within government at the Federal level.
Before getting back into Government in 2016, Ben was a teacher at Kelvin High School and Head Coach of the Junior Varsity Football Team.
Ben is a big animal lover, and enjoys travel, sports, and music, in particular, his musical hero, Paul Simon, who he has seen around the world 15 times.
|Amber Brown||Grade 10 Advisor|
Areas of interest and research: I am passionate about literacy and I identify as a reader and a writer. I am continually searching for ways for students to discover the power voice and choice in their own literacy journeys. The entirety of my teaching career before Met was spent working in middle years classrooms, which brings with me a vast amount of experience and appreciation of building community and relationships within a classroom. With experience outside of big picture schooling, my current professional learning revolves around solidifying my understanding of authentic learning and projects through project-based learning. I am a life-long learner who never stops asking questions. My personal learning journey happens out into nature, when I explore my own backyard, through books and book clubs, through food and cultural events, and the opportunities and experiences with travelling the world.
Grade 10 Advisor
Areas of interest and research: Brian loves Mathematics and technology. He loves tweaking the experiences he creates for learners and sharing his excitement about Math. Brian is also a huge believer in reflection and sees this practice as means for continuous and rigorous learning.
Grade 11 Advisor
Areas of research and interest: Emma is a recent graduate of the Université de Saint-Boniface. She loves to discuss big questions and ideas, and delights in exploring life in all its complexities through the lenses of mathematics, science, language, literature and musical theatre. She also enjoys connecting with nature, riding her bicycle in all seasons and swimming, hiking and paddling as much as possible. Emma places a high value on building and maintaining strong community relationships and is very much looking forward to sharing the adventure of her first year at the Maples Met School with the students in her advisory.
|Sara Germain||Grade 9 Advisor|
Areas of interest and research: Sara's passion lies in examining the natural world and the big questions that arise from this practice. Her research interests currently focus on designing authentic learning experiences expressed through projects, field trips and classroom community learning that ignite student passion and rigour. Sara also loves leg wrestling and up for a challenge anytime, anywhere.
Grade 12 Advisor
Area of interest and research: Jason's educational interests center upon empowering youth to interpret the world around them and create meaningful social change. At Maples Met he works toward these larger goals by fostering an appreciation for the exchange of ideas through debate, text, and new media. He is currently working with a group of students from Maples Met to conduct oral history interviews with members of the Maples community and create a public display that captures the diversity and distinctive quality of our neighbourhood. His research and academic background have focused on the histories of Indigenous-settler relations, histories of social change, and global political economy. In his free time, Jason enjoys poking ant hills, playing in the dirt, and collecting interesting-looking sticks and rocks with his daughter. He also reads an embarrassing amount of mediocre science fiction, fancies himself a competent cook, gets way too worked up about the Jets, makes puns that elicit eye rolls from students and family members alike, and enjoys table-top gaming more than an adult probably should.
Grade 9 Advisor
Areas of interest and research: Jessica is passionate about reading and writing. She is an avid reader herself and loves challenging students to become lifelong readers themselves. One of her favourite books of all time is “A Little Life" because the character changed the way she sees the world. She believes that you shouldn't leave a book the same way you entered it.
She is a huge advocate for writing as a form of communication and empowering students to use their own voices while being driven by choice. She writes alongside her students; her most recent contribution being to the Seven Oaks School Division student/teacher collaborative publication, “Going Viral." Inquiry has become a large focus in her career, and she hopes to provide students with the ability to ask open-ended questions, develop projects that demonstrate synthesis and become lifelong learners.
|Clay Scheller||Grade 10 Advisor|
Clay hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba. A graduate of River East Collegiate he took time after graduation to move to Nanaimo, BC where he played football for 3 years before coming home to start his path towards becoming a teacher at the University of Manitoba.
His time competing in the CJFL and USPORTS leagues have developed a lifelong passion for being active. Clay is often at his most comfortable when he's a little out of breath. He also loves to spend an evening crafting with his friends - Warcraft, Starcraft, and Minecraft to be precise. Clay loves the outdoors and can be found tinkering in his garden, riding his bike, or sitting on a chair in the woods (also known as camping) during the warmer months. If you get to know him you'll eventually talk about the most delicious thing you've grilled lately as Clay is always stoked to talk about a good meal.
As a new advisor at Maples MET School, Clay spends a lot of his evenings reading about different ways he can be more effective at designing learning experiences, developing classroom
community, and delivering effective feedback for his students. In addition, Clay has a keen interest in developing learners' ability to think mathematically, even in situations that aren't obviously about math.
Clay believes in having realistic expectations and holding yourself to a high standard while trying to find joy in whatever it is that you're doing. He hopes to be someone that his students look back on and remember one day.
Grade 11 Advisor
Areas of interest and research: My name is Luke
Taronno; I am a Met advisor and a graduate of the Industrial Arts Teacher
Education Program. I love my role as an advisor and enjoy working at such a
great place like The Maples Met School. I am in charge of the Maples Met
Fabrication Lab and with my background in industrial arts the shop has been
running smoothly and without any major injuries to report. I am passionate
about building relationships and figuring out what makes people tick. With our
dedicated group of advisors, I know this upcoming year will be great! I am
ready to work, I want to learn, and I am going to have fun while I do it.
Grade 12 Advisor
Areas of interest and research: My first experience learning and working within a Met School took place three years ago when I began my student teaching career. I believe that the experiences students gain through in-class learning and internships based on specific student interests creates invaluable, authentic and meaningful learning to occur. This challenges and invites us teachers to think critically about our practice and create learning opportunities that meet student needs and cultivate students' passions.