"Your students don't need more technology right now, they need more you"

- George Barcenas

The Story of the cobblestone

Cobblestones: unique, rounded stones that have connected communities for centuries and built strong, long-lasting foundations.

On its own, a single cobblestone doesn’t hold that same strength.

Collectively, we’re a network of current and former educators working together, alongside you, to help nurture growth and inspire innovation.

Professional Development services

At The Cobblestone Collective, we pride ourselves in providing engaging, hands-on learning opportunities, easily accessible for your staff and students, conducted via video conference.

Each of our highly qualified facilitators creates a thoughtful and purposeful learning environment that will allow your team the opportunity to learn, create, and reflect.

Recognizing that the learning continues even after the workshop is complete, we continue to be available via email to answer questions and provide “next steps” for all participants who attend our professional development workshops.

Michelle Armstrong

Co-Founder

A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014. These certifications have resulted in an explosion of her Professional Learning Network and given Michelle the opportunity to travel throughout North America providing coaching, training, and curriculum integration strategies for other educators embarking on their own journey into the Google Apps environment.

Emily Fitzpatrick

Co-Founder

Previously a classroom teacher with experience in math, computer science, ESL and special education in Canada, Belgium and the UK, Emily calls Fergus, Ontario home.

As a Certified Trainer and Innovator, Emily believes that technology should be accessible by all students in all subjects to deepen their understanding and create real-world connections.

As co-founder of The Cobblestone Collective, Emily helps to facilitate professional learning opportunities with Teachers, Administrators, Parents and Students.

Michelle Sterba

Admin Assistant

A graduate of the University of Waterloo, specializing in Digital Media, Michelle also builds on her industry experience in R&D and Marketing to help EdTechTeam coordinate, manage and promote our events across Canada.

Tami Brewster

Teacher

Tami Brewster is a passionate elementary educator, Apple Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator from Montreal. Realizing that her students need to understand the world they interact with, Tami works to develop a learning environment to best meet the diverse needs of her learners. She strives to make learning interesting, attainable, and enjoyable for her students. She feels strongly about the importance of equity, inclusion, and diversity in the classroom, and says that as a teacher she needs to model taking risks and trying new things.

If you had a saying to add to your own line of T-Shirts, what would it be?
When you know better, you do better.

Andrew Bieronski

Technology Enabled Learning & Teaching Consultant

Andrew Bieronski is the Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching (TELT) consultant for the Waterloo Region District School Board in Ontario. He is passionate about reimagining and redesigning classrooms and schools to best prepare youth for a quickly changing world and supports educators across K-12 in this work. Andrew looks to leverage technology to modernize pedagogy and assessment practices to improve student learning and achievement, and is a frequent conference presenter on these topics. He works with small to large educational technology companies as an advisor and consultant, and is the founder and director of TEDxKitchenerED, a local TEDx event focused on the future of education.

What is THE ONE place in Canada you have visited/wish to visit and why does it hold that title?
I really want to explore more of the provinces on Canada’s East Coast; I’ve been been to and around Halifax briefly, and I loved the natural beauty, people, and way of life.

Bailey Almberg

Bailey teaches secondary humanities in east-central Alberta. Because of the remote and rural community she lives and works in, video conferences classes are her norm! She’s passionate about literacy, agriculture, and of course technology! When she’s not in the classroom, you can find her relaxing at “the lake” or helping out at her family’s ranch.

If you had a saying to add to your own line of T-Shirts, what would it be?
I’m a proud member of the #DoBetter club!

Darren Maltais

Technology Integration Facilitator

After eight years of experience as a classroom teacher, Darren began working as a Technology Integration Facilitator for Black Gold School Division in Alberta, Canada. He is now in his eight year in that role! He works collaboratively with teachers and students in over 30 schools, co-creating lessons, projects, and products to help students learn more effectively and make curriculum come alive. He has helped to create one of the most comprehensive sites of Google resources available for teachers. Darren planned and hosted one of the first EdTechTeam Global Summits for Students, and he works with teachers to mentor students to become tech ambassadors. Darren is a Google Certified Educator, a Google Certified Trainer, and he has been presenting with EdTechTeam for over five fun-filled years.

If you had a saying to add to your own line of T-Shirts, what would it be?
Create to learn, learn to create.

Jen Giffen

Teacher Librarian

Jen is a Teacher Librarian in the York Region DSB. She has a Master’s in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from OISE and a specialist in Integration of Information and Computer Technology.

Google Innovator (#WDC17), Sketchnoter, teacher match-maker, cheerleader, and up for just about anything. Co-host of #ShukesandGiff the Podcast., Former player of the game of school, she now seeks to ensure learning is authentic and relevant, especially for struggling students. #Ginger #DadJokes #HashtagLover.

Do you have any pets, if so, what kinds? And what are their names?
Steve the bearded dragon and Jett the Beta fish.

George Barcenas

Technology Coordinator/CTE

George Barcenas is the Technology Coordinator/CTE for Bellevue Union School District. Certified Google Trainer, Educator and Apple Certified Teacher. Trained as a PE teacher he has taught High School English, Spanish and coached Basketball from Middle School all the way to College. Technology has always been in his teaching from creating commercials in Spanish class to work on vocabulary, to creating a production of Romeo and Juliet with zombies… He now teaches coding, G-Suite and web/video design with iMovie and Adobe After Effects. In his current role he also works with teachers to find the right tool to help students. His passion for teaching has found a place with Google apps for education and pushing the boundaries of being geeky.

If you had a saying to add to your own line of T-Shirts, what would it be?
Brown and Proud

Shailah Damji

Digital Literacy Consultant

Hi, I am Shailah Damji. I was a high school teacher for 10 years and taught courses in History and Social Science. I am currently a Digital Literacy Consultant where I support educators in professional learning and resource development. I am passionate about helping others, learning new things and planning geo adventures. I enjoy traveling, exercising, reading and binge watching television shows.

What’s your favourite flavour of ice cream?
Mint Chocolate Chip

Alexandra Le Marquand

Microsoft Office 365 Consultant

Alexandra is an experienced Learning And Development Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the educational computer software industry. Passionate about integrating technology into the classroom to improve learning environments for all, Alexandra has worked in both English and French training teachers all across Canada since 2015. In her spare time she likes to travel, eat good food and meet inspiring people!

If you had a saying to add to your own line of T-Shirts, what would it be?
I like it, but not a lot… I don’t like it.

Coulter Lewis

Technology Integration Instructor
Coulter has a Master’s in Education with published work on Motivation in the Classroom. He has taken his teaching credentials around the world with stops in Dubai, Australia and San Francisco as a Language Arts Specialist. He has also worked with Microsoft as a Modern Classroom Engagement Manager. He is a Minecraft Master Trainer and is passionate about robotics and STEM possibilities in the classroom. Coulter’s experience has provided him opportunity to assist others bridging the gap between pedagogy and technology, making classroom implementation as seamless as possible.

If you were to change careers outside of education, what would you do?
Botany/Agriculture

Charity Helman

Charity taught in the classroom for fifteen years after graduating with a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Saskatchewan. While spending the last ten of those fifteen years at Rundle College Jr/Sr High School teaching Junior High Language Arts, Charity found a passion for educational technology. She left Rundle College in 2017 to train teachers in educational technology across North America while working for EdTechTeam Canada. Now, as an Educational Technology Consultant, Charity continues working with teachers, parents and students.

Charity is a Certified Google for Education Innovator, Trainer and Educator. She has a true passion for helping others realize the benefits of purposefully using educational technology in their classroom, and is especially passionate about working with kids and engaging them in innovative lessons.

Charity lives on a small acreage outside of Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada with her two daughters and husband. She loves to spend time outside enjoying the outdoors throughout any season in Canada!

If you were to change careers outside of education, what would you do?
Personal Chef

Mike Page

Vice Principal
Mike lives in small town BC and enjoys playing and watching sports while he isn’t in school with fellow educators and students. He is passionate about helping other educators discover new and innovative ways to use technology to create hands-on learning environments. Always trying to learn new aspects in his personal and professional life to continue to challenge himself and grow into new learning opportunities.

If you had a saying to add to your own line of T-Shirts, what would it be?
Life’s a garden, dig it.

Danny Leeming

Teacher Librarian / Tech Coordinator

Danny is the Teacher-Librarian and Tech Coordinator at Mount Sentinel Secondary outside of Nelson, BC. He is passionate about project based learning, new methods of story telling, and is the co-teacher of an academy program focused on the cross section of digital media, film, theatre and senior humanities courses.

If you were to change careers outside of education, what would you do?
I was a park ranger for 12 years. I would probably do that.

Cammie Kannekens

Instructional Technology Coach

Cammie is a current Instructional Coach and a former 20+ year high school & middle school Social Studies and Language Arts teacher. She has an MEd in Leadership & Administration and also spent 5 years teaching an #EdTech college class to preservice teachers. She is a Google Certified Trainer & Educator and holds other certifications including MIE Expert, Flipgrid Grid Guide, & Seesaw/Wakelet Ambassador. She loves all sorts of Canadian things like playing hockey, curling, kayaking and playing in the dirt.

What is THE ONE place in Canada you have visited/wish to visit and why does it hold that title?
My fav place in Canada is Quebec City. The one place in Canada that I wish to visit is Nunavut – the only province/territory that I haven’t yet visited.

Jonathan So

Teacher - Grade 6

“I am currently a Grade 6 Teacher for the Peel District School Board. I have been called many names: Daddy, Daddio, Dada, Jon, JoSo and some others that cannot be repeated. I am an avid runner, lover of bowties and so much more. To me, the teacher has one of the most critical roles to play in child development. Through questions, inquiry and exploration teachers can and will push students to unforeseen expectations. My passions lie in being the best teacher I can be, teaching mathematics and technology, and assessment. I also enjoy teaching through inquiry and watching the powerful impact it has on student growth and conceptual development.

In my personal life, I have a wonderful partner (Jenny) and a beautiful Daughter and two energetic Sons. I am always available to talk and can be reached through email (So.Jonathan1@gmail.com) or twitter (@MrSoclassroom).”

If you had a saying to add to your own line of T-Shirts, what would it be?
Be You, ’cause that is pretty awesome.

Emma Pass

Hybrid English Teacher + Google Innovator + Edtech Consultant @ Empowered Edu + Author of The Hybrid Teacher

Emma is a secondary English teacher, Google Certified Trainer/Innovator, and all-things- The Cobblestone Collective enthusiast. She first experienced the transformative power of educational technology when her school was awarded a grant for Google Chromebooks; she committed to going digital in the classroom and hasn’t looked back since. Emma is passionate about using technology to reach 100% student engagement, differentiate instruction, save time, increase efficiency, and much more. She has taught in Las Vegas, Nevada, London, England, and now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado where she teaches secondary English at a hybrid (online and in-person) K-12 school.

Emily Parkin

Grade 8 Teacher

Based in Canmore, Alberta, Emily is a middle school teacher with Stoney Education Authority located on Stoney Nakoda Nation (Treaty 7).  Previously, Emily has taught middle and high school courses in England and China. Emily has been reinvigorated by the power of technology to amplify Iyarhe Nakoda student voice and how Education Technology enables her as a classroom teacher, to work smarter, not harder.

What is THE ONE place in Canada you have visited/wish to visit and why does it hold that title?
Vancouver Island is THE ONE place in Canada for me, because I can bike, hike, swim, kayak, canoe, and camp on the beach.

Guillaume Laporte

Consultant en innovation technopédagogique / Pedagogy + Fablab Coordinator for the J-Armand Bombardier Museum

I worked as an ESL teacher for 16 years. Elementary and high school levels. In recent years, I became a robotics teacher and started a Maker Academy.
My role as a teacher evolved into an innovation consultant position and the creation of Jonction Education, a company specializing in design of custom pedagogical scenarios for schools and teachers (Plastic recycling, the Ambition Tech Summit for students, etc.). Jonction Education is developing a curriculum to train pre-service teachers in collaboration with the Sherbrooke University. I am currently working as a Fablab coordinator and pedagogy consultant for the Joseph-Armand Bombardier in Valcourt, Québec.

Are you team Gif or Jif?
Hard G. Just like my name. Lol. I’m living proof!!!

Susan Stewart

Instructional Technology Coach

K-2 Can, TOO is the motto of this lead learner! Susan Stewart is Google Education Innovator and Trainer. She is currently the K-12 Instructional Technology Coach for Fowler Unified School District in Central California. Within her district, Susan has facilitated the implementation of a 1:1 program using iPads, Chromebooks, and the Google Suite. She regularly works with individual and teams of teachers to promote best practices for using technology to enhance instruction, foster creativity, support and supplement content, and improve assessment. In addition to her responsibilities with Fowler Unified, Susan regularly speaks on blended learning and classroom technology at professional learning events and in school districts throughout the country.

What is THE ONE place in Canada you have visited/wish to visit and why does it hold that title?
Anywhere north enough to see the Northern Lights!

Trisha Roffey

Emerging Technology Consultant

Trish is a teacher and Emerging Technology Consultant for Edmonton Catholic Schools in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with B.Ed, and a Master degree in Educational Technology (MET). In this role, Trish specializes in supporting teachers and students from K-12 to explore makerspace, assistive technology, coding, robotics, and Google. Trish is a Google Certified Educator and Trainer, and is the founder of www.makerspaceforeducation.com helping teachers dig deep into educational technology and constructivist practices to support learners of any age or ability. She regularly presents to educators around the world through professional development workshops and international conferences including the FETC and ISTE.

Do you have any pets, if so, what kinds? And what are their names?
5 Chickens (Rocky, Micky, Adrian, Paulie, and Apollo) and two dogs Ben and Gio.

Mari Venturino

Educator

Mari Venturino is a middle school science teacher in San Diego, CA. She is a Google For Education Certified Trainer and Innovator, a Google Certified Educator Levels 1 & 2, Apple Teacher, Leading Edge Certified in Online and Blended Instruction, and a National Board Certified Teacher. Mari was awarded the CUE Outstanding Emerging Teacher of the Year and ISTE Emerging Leader awards in 2017, and is a member of the ASCD Emerging Leader Class of 2018. Mari is the editor of Fueled by Coffee and Love, a collection of real stories by real teachers. She is currently working toward her EdD at Boise State University.

Chris Webb

Teacher

Chris is an experienced Math and ICT teacher based in Montreal, QC. He is also a Google for Education Certified Innovator, Trainer and Educator. Chris can often be found presenting at conferences and events across North America. He is an Alpha Squirrel, Texthelp Titan and a Remind Connected Educator.

Do you have any pets, if so, what kinds? And what are their names?
Cats – Alvin & Splodge

Joel Charlebois

Instructional Technology Integration Coach and Consultant Extraordinaire

Joel Charlebois is an Edtech Integration Coach and specialist for the Eastern Ontario French Catholic School Board (CSDCEO). On a daily basis, he accompanies, coaches, and provides training for teachers to better integrate technology and 21st Century skills. His areas of expertise are all things Google, robotics and coding, makerspaces, Geo-specific integration and PD development. He is always on the lookout for new ways to enrich the classroom experience and wow his fellow colleagues. Joel is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Educator as well as a Google Earth for Education Expert – to evangelise Geo-Literacy and its powerful Geo tools.

What’s your favourite flavour of ice cream?
Oh… Rolo!

Kim Pollishuke

Digital Literacy Consultant

Kim Pollishuke has been teaching for 17 years and for the last 4 has enjoyed working as a Digital Literacy Consultant for the York Region District School Board, supporting teachers, administrators, and students. She has been an Associate Teacher for teacher candidates at OISE/University of Toronto and York University and enjoyed working as an instructional leader for York University, teaching a number of Additional Qualification courses. Kim is a Google Certified Innovator, Trainer, Educator and holds a Masters degree in education. She co-hosts Shukes And Giff: The Podcast (www.shukesandgiff.com), is a keynote speaker and facilitates workshops at education conferences around the world. She is a contributing author of Creating the Dynamic Classroom: 5 Must-Haves For Teachers. Kim’s goal is to help educators understand the power technology can have in giving a platform for student voice, connecting students to the wider global community, and ultimately creating confident, innovative, digital citizens for the 21st century.

If you were to change careers outside of education, what would you do?
I would either lead tour boats in Mooloolaba Australia to swim with humpback whales all day long or be a producer of a live television show.

Emma Cottier

Middle School Teacher

An enthusiastic and passionate middle school educator from Victoria, B.C. I am a big fan of digital literacy and thrive on providing endless creative learning opportunities for students to showcase their thinking and ideas. I love graphic design, photography, softball, and spending time with my new baby boy Hunter.

What is THE ONE place in Canada you have visited/wish to visit and why does it hold that title?
I wish to visit PEI – I would love to see the Anne of Green Gables house!

Jessilyn Swanson

Junior High Math Teacher

Jessilyn is a Middle School Math and English teacher with a passion for all things Ed Tech. In the past decade, she has used Google tools to not only make her life easier for herself as an educator but also for her students and colleagues. She is a mom to two (soon 3!) small hooligans, wife to one large hooligan and a lover of podcasts and good coffee. In her spare time, you can find her playing with the latest techy things or meeting a friend for coffee. She is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer and leader in her school community, driving change forward in many ways.

If you were to change careers outside of education, what would you do?
Challenge designer for Survivor or The Amazing Race

Ruthie Sloan

K PT/Gr. 1/2 math coach
Ruthie Sloan is a teacher (learner) and creative thinker in the Peel District School Board, in Caledon. Ruthie loves running in the winter, reading, tweeting and blogging on topics of vulnerable teaching, math, assessment and creative problem-solving with technology. This year her role has been Coaching and Learning along side Gr. 1/2 math teachers, as well as documenting and capturing epic learning adventures of kindergarten students in a Planning Time role.

If you were to change careers outside of education, what would you do?
Philanthropist gardener, or a waitress at truck stop diner.

Justine Tomines

Elementary Teacher

I am a PDSB educator who enjoys building capacity for inclusivity, equity and technology in and out of my classroom. I believe that a great educator is a lifelong learner, and because of this belief, I enjoy engaging in new learning opportunities, as well as sharing my knowledge and expertise with others.

If you were to change careers outside of education, what would you do?
Sportscaster