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Farah Mukadam November 22, 2016

View a complete bio for Farah on the Edge Sport Therapy Clinic page here.

Dr. Mike Oldfield

View a complete bio for Mike on the Edge Sport Therapy Clinic page here.

Shawn Stuart November 15, 2016

Katharina Klemens

Position at Edge School: Accountant

Secondary Schooling:

DAA Nuernberg Germany – Certificate in Business Administration

Why did you choose this career?

I like working with numbers

Athletics you have participated in:

Volleyball

Favourite Sport:

Hockey

Favourite Book:

Jane Eyre

Favourite Quote:

The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at the time.

Bruce Upper

Position at Edge School: Facilities Manager

Secondary Schooling:

Mount Royal College – Pillars of Management certificate

Career experiences you are most proud of:

When employed with Gatorade, I built a ice rink display and won a trip to the 2010 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh and a meet and greet with Sidney Crosby.

Why did you choose this career?

Who wouldn’t want to drive a zamboni?

Athletics you have participated in:

  • hockey, basketball, and tennis

Favourite Sport: Hockey

Favourite Book: Any Book from John Douglas (FBI Profiler)

Favourite Quote: you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take- Wayne Gretzky

Colleen Webber

Position at Edge School: Soccer Academy Coach.

Secondary Schooling:

Trinity Western University – Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Why did you choose this career? 

My favourite part about coaching is the relationships you build with your players.

Athletics you have participated in:

Trinity Western University: CIS Women’s University Soccer league.

Alberta Provincial team.

National Training Centre Prairies.

Favourite Sport:

Soccer, tennis, table tennis.

Favourite Book:

A Walk in the Woods

Jordan Stewart

Vanesa Ortiz

Position at Edge School: Spanish Teacher

Secondary Schooling:

Matamoros, Mexico – Bachelor’s Degree in Education

Career experiences you are most proud of:

  • Calgary Board of Education – English Learners Language Program, developed English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills of Arabic, Cantonese, Spanish and Rumanian speaking students. 2016
  • Translator for “Rethinking Schools” magazine. (2016)
  • Speech, public speaking teacher in all levels (Elementary, Junior High, High School and University) for eleven years. (2005-2016)
  • Debate teacher in junior high and high school for eight years (2009-2016)
  • Elementary School Teacher for four years. (2012-2016)

Why did you choose this career?

Because teaching gives me the opportunity to work with young people and make a difference in their lives in meaningful way. I chose education as a career because I believe that education is one of the most important functions performed in our culture. I am confident that teachers individually and collectively can change the world by inspiring students to become all they can be.

Athletics you have participated in:

  • Intercolegial del Baile 2005- Dancing competition, Monterrey,Mexico.
  • Certified Professional Personal Trainer, canfitpro, GLPTI-Goodlife Personal Trainer Institute (currently ongoing certification)

Favourite Sport: Weightlifting

Favourite Books: The open veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano. The Mexican Dream, or, The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilization by Jean Marie LeClezio

Favourite Quote:

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” – Howard Zinn

Brianne Hagardt

Position at Edge School: Sr. High Social Studies

Secondary Schooling:

  • University of Calgary – Bachelor of Arts, minor in English
  • University of Calgary – Bachelor of Education
  • SAIT – Photography Certificate

Career experiences you are most proud of:

I worked as a wildland firefighter during the off-season of my 8 years at University and later moved to Africa, completing several photojournalism assignments in Northern Uganda. I’ve worked with the Bicycles for Humanities program for six years and volunteered with other humanitarian organizations such as War Child Canada and The Child Is Innocent.

Why did you choose this career?

I’ve wanted to be a teacher ever since I could remember and owe a large part of that to my dad, who was also a teacher and principal. His endless patience in the arena, on the sports field and with life in general, made teaching a natural fit. With several inspirational teachers in the course of her schooling, and world travels reinforcing the importance of education, Brianne continues to work towards her teaching goals.

Athletics you have participated in:

I grew up playing as many sports as possible, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and snowboarding, later exploring several individual sports such as rock climbing, surfing, biking and x-country skiing. Born and raised in Salmon Arm, BC, Brianne spent plenty of time on the Shuswap Lake and River kayaking, waterskiing and wakeboarding.

Favourite Sport:

Ringette, I won a bronze medal at the Canada Winter Games and in 2004 won a ringette Scholarship to the University of Calgary where we went on to win a National Championship in 2004-2005.

Favourite Book:

Asking a Humanities teacher to name only one favourite book is just cruel, however, she narrowed it down to her middle school favourite Memoirs of a Geisha and her university favourite Outliers.

Favourite Quote:

“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all … in which case, you failed by default.”

“Habits change into character,” – Ovid

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

Jason LeBlanc

Position at Edge School:  Sr. High Physics and Mathematics

Secondary Schooling:

Carleton University – Bachelor of Engineering
Carleton University – Masters of Engineering
Queen’s University – Bachelor of Education

Career experiences you are most proud of:

I was proud of earning my master’s degree in engineering and hope to pursue an additional masters degree in mathematics.

Why did you choose this career?

Simply put, I am an academic, a life long learner.  I have always enjoyed the pursuit of education, and to this day I continue to work at expanding my knowledge.  I want to share my passion of learning with my students and show them that everyday is a learning experience now matter what age you may be. Inside the a classroom is the only place I want to be.

Athletics you have participated in:

Soccer, Curling, Softball, and Volleyball

Favourite Sport:

Soccer