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​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.



Brian Clement


​Grade 11 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. 

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Grade 12 Advisor

Emma has been an Advisor at the Maples Met School since September 2018. As an Advisor, she values exploring big questions and ideas with her students, and working with them to develop meaningful and authentic projects that engage them in solving complex problems. Some of her priorities as an educator are climate justice, equity in the education system, language arts, and helping all students develop confidence and agency in mathematics. These are areas in which she is always looking to learn more and develop her practice. She loves having the opportunity to build relationships, community and culture with students over their four years at Met School. She also deeply appreciates the chance to learn alongside her students through their interests, challenges, questions, identities and experiences. Her quirks include having a brain made up mostly of musical theatre lyrics, riding her bike in all seasons, believing that children's books have profound meaning for people of any age, and getting weirdly excited about doing math on whiteboards.​

​Sara GermainSara Germain.jpg​Grade 10 Advisor

Areas of interest and research: Sara's passions lie in examining the natural world and the big questions that arise from this practice. Her research interests focus on designing authentic learning experiences expressed through projects, leaving to learn experiences and classroom community collaboration that ignite student passion and rigour. β€‹
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​Grade 9 Advisor

Area of interest: Jason's educational interests centre on 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 grade nines exploring politics through the following definition of / question about the term: Who gets what, when, where, why, and how?


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.​


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​Grade 10 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 β€œA 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, β€œGoing 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 Schellerclay.jpg​Grade 11 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.

​Luke Taronno

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Grade 12 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.


Maribeth Tabanera


Internship Coordinator

β€œEducation 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 Manalaysay Tabanera aka Kilusan (siya/sanda/they/them), I am a Tagalog Visayan filipinx non-binary multi-hyphenate educator, artist and community organizer. A life-long learner, I have focused my energy on diving deeply into their passions of dance, music, education, social justice, and community building. 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 to 2013 I was a member of Define Movement. 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. Since 2016, I've been a member of B.O.S.S. Dance Team. I am an active member of the international street styles dance battle community as a competitor and organizer. I graduated from Mama Cutsworth's DJ Academy for All Women and Non-Binary Folks in April 2018 and since then have enjoyed playing my favourite tracks at events all over Winnipeg and Canada.

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.​