Transforming Education. Transforming Lives.


We want to hear your story

At the Faculty of Education, we strive to transform education and transform lives each day – through teaching, research, and working with our community partners. As part of the Western Education family, more than 41,000 alumni have been making transformative contributions to education for several decades. Our alumni are teachers and leaders across many different sectors. What has been your experience? What have you noticed that may change the future of education in Canada and beyond? Where did your journey take you?

I am pleased to introduce you to this collection of stories called Transforming Education. Transforming Lives. It is my hope that you are willing to be included in this collection by sharing your story. The process is quite easy – simply fill out the form at the bottom of this message and we will contact you. We will then share your story as part of this feature.

Now even more than before, it is time for Education to shine. We want to share how you and your colleagues are transforming education and transforming lives. I also invite you to read the stories below and see how your colleagues are making a difference in our communities.

Donna Kotsopoulos, PhD
Dean and Professor
Faculty of Education

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Alumni People

George McAuley on teaching, music, and full circle moments

March 18, 2024
The Western Education alum shares lessons, observations, and fond memories from his time in the classroom and on the stage.

People Alumni

Dr. Najwa Zebian on the transformative power of authenticity

February 14, 2024
Education alum and writer Dr. Najwa Zebian shares how the lessons in her new book, The Only Constant, always held true in her life.


Indulging curiosities

December 21, 2023
Education alum Jessie Collins shares how she makes play-based learning accessible for all at the London Children’s Museum.


Lessons on and off the field

October 02, 2023
Education alum Greg Marshall shares why coaching and teaching have so much in common when it comes to molding young minds.


In pursuit of passion

September 11, 2023
Graduate student Melissa Read shares how an affinity for research and mental health guided her through an uncertain career change.


Honouring a lifetime of kindness

September 07, 2023
Family and friends are working to continue Education alum Heidi Schlumpf’s legacy through acts of kindness and an important fundraising campaign


Ready for takeoff

August 14, 2023
Western Education alum Jacob Taylor finds a solution in the sky as he works to strengthen and empower Indigenous communities.

People Alumni

Leaving a legacy

July 25, 2023
Education alum Doug Flanders wants his legacy gift to enable children to live happier, more fulfilling lives.

People Community

Ray Hughes Award

November 16, 2022
Dianne Lafferty has been recognized for successfully piloting the Fourth R program with the Yellowknife Catholic Schools.

Community Alumni

Closer relationship

September 23, 2022
President of the Retired Teachers of Ontario, District 8, Steve Harvey, hopes to forge a closer relationship with the Faculty of Education.

Alumni People

Managing two careers

June 07, 2022
Jack Roach (BEd’74) realized in high school he wanted to teach. However, he didn’t realize his career would take unexpected turns.

People Announcements

New CAIS leader

May 13, 2022
EdD candidate Anand Mahadevan has been named incoming Executive Director of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools organization.

People Research Alumni

Calm within the storm

May 11, 2022
Robyne Hanley-Dafoe (EdD’18) is bringing a message of hope to those struggling to overcome life’s challenges.

Research People

Bringing equity to ESL

March 29, 2022
PhD student Kate Paterson is providing teachers with the tools and strategies to increase inclusive and effective instruction.

Alumni People

Mastering money

March 08, 2022
Fred Masters (BEd’89) is using his passion for finance and teaching to make a difference in the financial lives of Canadians.


Activist educator

January 07, 2022
Jean Hewitt has been an activist throughout her education career. She’s been a champion of promoting women in education leadership.


Needing patience and perseverance

January 07, 2022
Marilyn Elford always knew she wanted to be a teacher and it started as a student in a one-room school in the 1940s.


Musical passion

January 04, 2022
Teachers influence their students and David Ennis is a testament on how teachers can impact them.

Alumni People

Giving back to education

September 22, 2021
Gregg Bereznick has done it all in education. He’s been an administrator, principal, teacher and Faculty of Education instructor and mentor.


Lifelong learning

July 28, 2021
Loving lifelong learning has been the key to Bertha-Rose Park’s success inside and outside the classroom


Learning through the senses

July 27, 2021
Jennifer Orr, BEd ’95, established Eyewords, a company that engages students’ senses to facilitate learning.


Resiliency key to career success

July 27, 2021
For alumnus Frank Loreto, BEd ’79, his life has followed a verse from Bruce Cockburn’s song from the Festival of Friends, ‘Open ...

Community People

Learn. Earn. Return.

June 08, 2021
For retired educator, Sylvia McPhee, these three words are her life’s philosophy; and education is her passion. 

Alumni People Community

Young Maestro Wes goes to school

May 10, 2021
Alumna Rhodora Meliton-Vanderpool, Canadian Hip Hop legend Wes ‘Maestro’ Williams and illustrator Leon ‘Eklipz’ Robinson, ...

Community People

Understanding learning styles

April 30, 2021
A school visit from two psychologists sent Alberta O’Neil on an education odyssey spanning the globe.

Community People Alumni

Heart of the classroom

April 29, 2021
Rhodora Meliton-Vanderpool always knew she wanted to be a teacher. However, she had to go through a journey to figure it out.

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