Marshall Mays is the Principal of the Maples Met 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 his new role in September of 2022, Marshall was an instructor in the Broadcast Media (Channel 7 Oaks) program at Maples Collegiate. During the 2014-15 academic year, Marshall completed a Post-Bac Diploma in Education at the University of Winnipeg. In 2016, he began and completed a Master of Education in Sustainability, Creativity, and Innovation at the University of Cape Breton where his main area of research was in creative learning platforms, design thinking, PBL, and experiential learning.
With a formal background in computer science and physics, Marshall enjoys technology and building creative web-based software applications.
Marshall enjoys spending time with family, watching a good film, and camping. He looks forward to getting back to nature while camping in Nopiming Provincial Park.
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Grade 12 Advisor
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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.
Areas of interest and research: Hello, my name is Navdeep Dhaliwal. I love math, art, and traveling. I’m always trying to find ways to meaningfully engage students in the studies of mathematics and alleviate their math anxiety, especially related to assessment. I believe that learning can be fun, meaningful, and rigorous simultaneously. Therefore, an area I continue to explore is how I can create more equity in my classroom and make learning more accessible for all students.
When I’m not teaching curricular content, I love engaging in activities that celebrate art and culture, such as rock painting, henna tattooing, cooking and learning traditional recipes, Punjabi folk dancing, etc. I also encourage students to celebrate and grow their talents and skills. Each day, I aim to bring my whole self to my classroom so that my students can too.
Emma Gehrs-Whyte |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.|
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.
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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
Grade 11 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 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.
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.