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Maples Met School
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Sep 28, 2020
School Day 6
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Staff Directory

Ben Carr


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.

Emma Gehrs-Whyte


Grade 10 Advisor

Phone: 204-632-6641 ext. 67235

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.


Brian Clement


Grade 9 Advisor

Phone: 204-632-6641  ext. 67242

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. 


Will Burton
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Grade 12 Advisor

Phone: 204-632-6641  ext. 67242

Areas of interest and research: Will is passionate about environmental education and cultivating eco literacy in students. This manifests itself in him developing outdoor experiences, projects and extra-curricular learning that revolve around issues such as nutrition, farming, active transportation, consumption, knowledge of systems thinking, and encouraging students to see themselves as agents of change in their community.


Luke Taronno

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Grade 10 Advisor

Phone: 204-632-6641  ext. 67238

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.


Jason Neufeld


Grade 11 Advisor

Phone: 204-632-6641  ext. 67239

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.


Sara Germain

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Grade 12 Advisor

Phone: 204-632-6641  ext. 67233

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.


Gurveer Turka

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Grade 11 Advisor

Phone: 204-632-6641  ext. 67240

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. 


Sonya Morrissette


Grade 9 Advisor

Phone: 204-632-6641  ext. 67241

Areas of interest and research: Through Sonya’s past experience of working with the University of Manitoba’s Rec and Read Mentorship Program, she knows how valuable it is to tap into the strengths and potential of youth to build relationships, knowledge, independence, and generosity. She incorporates Indigenous perspectives in the classroom, and uses the medicine wheel to practice and role model living a balanced lifestyle through a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual self. Sonya has always excelled through hands-on learning and is passionate about running, making music, gardening, biking, rock-climbing, cooking, reading, and camping. She sees herself as a life-long learner, and is excited to continue her learning journey with the Maples Met School.​​

Amber Brown

Grade 9 Advisor

Phone: 204-632-6641  ext. 67241

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. 

Maribeth Tabanera


Internship Coordinator

Phone: 204-294-5702

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it." - Marian Wright Edelman Hello! My name is Maribeth and I am the Internship Coordinator at the Seven Oaks Met School and Maples Met School. I am a proud Filipinx-Canadian educator and artist. I was born and raised in the North End community of Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg). I attended Tec Voc High School and completed a vocational diploma in Graphic Design. I hold a Bachelors of Art (University of Winnipeg, 2010), Industrial Arts/Technology Teacher Education Diploma (Red River College, 2012), and Bachelors of Education (University of Winnipeg, 2013). I have worked in the Seven Oaks School Division since 2013. In the past I have taught Graphic Design, Art, Drafting, Electronics, Woodworking, Theatre Technology, and Career Development. Since 2017, I have been working with the students and staff at Seven Oaks Met and Maple Met School. My main role is to help students find learning opportunities to develop their skills towards their desired career path.

In parallel to my academic pursuits, I have over 20 years of movement experience, in street style dance genres and choreography. I began my dance training at the age of 8 with Magadaragat Inc., a Filipino folk dance group. From 2006 - 2013 I was a member of Define Movement, one of Winnipeg's premiere hip hop dance crews. In 2015, I represented Winnipeg with Project Company at the Canadian Hip Hop Championships in Montreal, and Canada at Hip Hop International in San Diego.   I am currently an assistant choreographer of B.O.S.S. Dance Team and treasurer of the Manitoba Association of Dance Educators. I am an active member of the international street styles dance battle community as a competitor and organizer. Never one to stop learning, I graduated from Mama Cutsworth's DJ Academy for All Women and Non-Binary Folks on April 2018 and since then have enjoyed playing my favourite tracks at events all over Winnipeg. I am currently a resident DJ with Queer People of Colour Winnipeg and Synonym Art Consultation.

I have had the privilege of pursuing the activities I am most passionate about. My life's work is dedicated to providing all students with the same opportunity, in hopes of helping students find their version of success.