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Stephanie Hoogveld September 16, 2015

Completed Secondary Schooling or additional training:

  • Sc Mathematics, University of Calgary
  • Ed Secondary Education, University of Calgary
  • Professional Artist: stephaniehoogveld.com

Top 3 career related and/or volunteer experiences you are most proud of:

  • Working at the Edge!
  • Co-Founder of The Sky Painters, a charity created in memory of my mom. Our mission is to paint “Skies of Hope” to help those impacted by cancer. All donations will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. theskypainters.com
  • Selected as “Best New Artist” in the Calgary Stampede Western Art Showcase
  • Selected to complete the artwork for the 2014 Calgary Stampede Lottery Dream Home
  • Donating artwork to support organizations that aim to create positive change. (The Edge School for Athletes, The Michaelle Jean Foundation, The Alberta Cancer Foundation, Soccer4Hope)

Why did you choose this career?

My greatest mentors include my parents, coaches and teachers.  These individuals helped me develop my core values, and most importantly they taught me how to respect people and the environment around me. My goal as a teacher and an artist is to inspire and motivate others to; make positive changes in their communities, to think independently and creatively, to appreciate the simple things in life, to always stay young at heart and to be open to the new and unknown.  I became a teacher because working with youth is fun, challenging and always rewarding. I want to make the same impact that my mentors made on me.

Special Achievements/Jobs in your field:  Launching an Art Program at Edge

What athletics did you participate in/are you participating in (player/coach/volunteer/other):

  • Currently play for the Calgary Foothills WFC Soccer team.
  • Completed 5 years with the University of Calgary Dinos Women’s Soccer program
  • Played Semi-Professional Soccer in Sweden
  • Captained the Alberta Provincial Soccer Team for 4 years

Favourite Sport: Soccer

Favourite book:  Life of Pi

What’s on you ipod? Absolutely Everything! But I have a soft spot for country!

Favourite Quote:

All who enter your life, find one good thing. For one good thing will bring life to all.” Unknown

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” Albert Einstein

“Enter ye in at the straight gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and any there be which go in thereat. Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

Rhy Henderson August 27, 2015

Secondary Schooling:

  • BSc from Universty of British Columbia – Okanagan
  • BEd from University of Victoria

Career experiences you are most proud of:

Right now it is definitely coming to this school. I am very excited to be a part of Edge. My time teaching in Germany wasn’t the worst either.

Why did you choose this career?

I always wanted to teach and coach young people from a very young age. I had some very inspirational teachers and coaches in my early days and they taught me somethings that are not that easy to teach; Hard work and commitment. I know that young people face a lot of challenges in school but I believe if they can learn more than the academics we are setting them up for any challenges they face throughout their life. I want to inspire and teach kids these life skills….and some geeky science stuff along the way.

Athletics you participated in:

  • Football, Baseball, Snowboarding, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Golf, Basketball, Hockey,  wait….it doesn’t say I had/have to be good at them right???

Favourite Sport:

  • Football

Favourite book:

  • This probably changes from time to time, however right now it is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

Favourite Quote:

  • Oh I could list a few…I love a good quote. “The Burned hand teachers best. After that advice about fire goes to the heart” – J.R. Tolkien

Cynthia McLennan February 19, 2015

Top career related experiences: Having the opportunity to work with elementary school kids in the Calgary Reads program was very rewarding.

Why did you choose this career? I knew I would enjoy the interaction with the students and it would be a rewarding career.

Favourite Sport: Volleyball, Baseball

Favourite Book: I enjoy reading books by author John Grisham

Allan Barr February 11, 2015

Secondary Schooling:

  • Bachelor of Education University of Manitoba

Career experiences you are most proud of:

  • Graduated and got a teaching job at the high school I went to a few years earlier. Working with former teachers as colleagues was a unique and rewarding experience. A wide range of experience teaching in 3 different provinces and the USA. I have also coached multiple sports at multiple levels.

Why did you choose this career?

  • From the time I was in high school I have enjoyed learning, teaching  and working with others.
  • Teaching offers daily collaboration and life-long learning.

Athletics you participated in:

  • Hockey, Golf, Skiing

Favourite Sport:

  • NFL Football-Texans, NHL Hockey-Jets

Favourite book:

  • Outliers

Favourite Quote:

  • “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar

Gord Burt

Secondary Schooling:

  • Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina and Diploma in Advertising and Marketing from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario.

Career experiences you are most proud of:

After teaching at the Nakoda Oyade Education Centre on Carry The Kettle First Nation for five years I moved with my wife and daughter to Calgary. I was honoured when my former students invited me to return to the school as the keynote speaker at their graduation two years in a row.


Why did you choose this career?

I strongly disliked history when I was in high school but I had an amazing teacher in high school who unlocked my love of learning. He made history more than names and dates and I wanted to try and do the same for others.

Athletics you participated in:

I played hockey, soccer, tennis, baseball, football and badminton at various times and at various levels in my life. I now enjoy low impact activities like swimming, skating and bike riding with my wife and daughter.

Favourite Sport:

To watch on TV: Football. To play: hockey.

Favourite book:

So many… mainly non-fiction history books. Seabiscuit, Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Lincoln, Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World.

I also enjoy a variety of fiction from the classics like A Farewell to Arms, Moby Dick, 1984, Animal Farm to less academic readings like The DaVinci Code and Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time epic.

Favourite Quote: 

I have two…

“I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.” – Winston Churchill

“Life is short, Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile.” – Mark Twain

Suhail Panjwani October 6, 2014

Position at Edge School: Grade 5/8 – Science and Math

Secondary Schooling: 

  • Honours B.Sc. (Biology), Queen’s University
  • B.Ed., Queen’s University
  • M.Ed. (Interdisciplinary) University of Calgary (currently)

Career experiences he is most proud of:

Creating and being part of our own hip hop community in Fort McMurray

Why did he choose this career?

I love sharing my passion for learning with students.

Athletics he participated in:

In high school, I was the captain of my basketball team. We placed 4th in Ontario during my senior year. I also competed in football, track and field and volleyball.  I am an avid long distance runner and have completed a few full marathons.

I am a hip hop dancer and love to train and battle.

Favourite Sport: Basketball, Dance

Favourite book: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Favourite Quote: “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”- Bruce Lee


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