Leadership Team

Being a member of @GlobalEdSsChat has really been an amazing experience! Having the opportunity to discuss things that matter to me with other passionate students helped me find my voice and has taught me a lot about digital leadership!

~ Darcie Brohman, Former Lead Student

STUDENT LEADERS

Madelyn Davies is a 7th-grade student at Stikine Middle School in Wrangell, Alaska. Wrangell is an island in Southeast Alaska with a population of about 2500. She is proud of her Tlingit culture. Her parents are both teachers at the same school that Madelyn attends. Her father is a commercial salmon and crab fisherman. Most summers, Madelyn loves to travel to Ontario, Canada to see her relatives. Madelyn loves to read. Some of her favourite books include The Hobbit, Alone, and any book by Kevin Sylvester. Madelyn plays the violin, loves to swim, bike, play volleyball, wrestle, bake and do crafts. Madelyn has been a co-presenter at ISTE and ASTE (Alaska’s Technology Conference).  

@maddylovesbooks


Ethan Duncan, Student Leader

Ethan Duncan is 15-years-old and is passionate about using social media as a tool to make a positive impact on the world around him. Ethan began dancing at age 4. He recently received three Double Diamond Awards at Talent on Parade in May 2019, as well as awarded the Tap Category Cup Award, and received the Overall Performance Award at the Fluid Dance Competition in January 2019. Ethan teaches dance at his local studio as well because he wants to help build a boy’s program. Being a boy dancer is hard, and he wants boys to know it’s ok to be in dance. He wants boy dancers to feel like they belong. In addition to actively competing and performing in dance, Ethan loves participating in regional and state science fairs, frequently receiving gold medal awards in his categories and special awards for his success. Ethan was also selected as a student Ignite speaker at ISTE2019.  @Glitcher1313 


Anahit Hakobyan is a first year student studying social sciences at the University of Toronto. She is passionate about social change and using her voice to help influence young students. She is actively involved in initiatives that make education accessible to Indigenous students. Anahit was recognized in the York Catholic District School Board Awards ceremony for excellent leadership. She received the equity award for having instrumental influence on her community and for instilling strong moral values. Her interests include researching global issues, reading, and writing. 

@AnnahitHO3


Niyati Jain is a Grade 10 student at Richmond Hill High School. She has many hobbies that include travelling, baking, watching movies, and more. She likes trying new and different courses and exploring new activities. Niyati can speak 4 languages, Hindi, English, French & Arabic. She is a very active student and is an active member of many clubs. She has also used different media platforms for spreading awareness & discussing problems around the world.

@Niyati__09


Namya Joshi is a Grade IX student at Sat Paul Mittal School, India. She is the student Minecraft Mentor. Inspired by her own motto #EachOneTeachTen, she has spent the last three years designing and delivering free of cost coding workshops for more than 10,000 teachers, young people, especially girls, in India and all over the world, as well as empowering other young people to run their own coding clubs. She has raised awareness about the social issues using game-based learning with STEM to provide solutions for the problems humanity faces.She is awarded the prestigious Pradhanmantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2021 and is also the winner of the Diana Award 2021. She has earned ACE1 and ACE 2 levels at Adobe and got the Trendsetter badge by completing all the certifications. She is the winner of the UNESCO Worldwide Youth Multimedia Competition, TeachSDGss Ambassador, Rex Karamaveer Bronze Medal Awardee, Global E-Innovation Award Winner, Youngest Global Juror, SDGsChildren Ambassador India. She has spoken at numerous platforms such as KEOS2019 Finland, EduDays Microsoft, UNESCO, CONVOKE, Asia Berlin Summit, Adobe Education Summit on the power of STEM and game-based learning.

@Wonder Namya


Eunice Kim bio coming soon!


Sam Nolan, Student Leader

Sam Nolan is a grade 11 student at LDSS. He loves coding, helping out where he can and doing things for this chat! Sam’s hobbies include swimming, coding, video editing/making, taking Semi Professional drone Photos/Videos, and other photography things.

@Sam1Nolan


GUIDES ON THE SIDE

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Leigh Cassell, Co-Founder

Leigh Cassell is a mom, educator, adventurer, and  entrepreneur. She is a partner in learning with teachers, students, industry leaders and NGOs around the world. Leigh is an Education Consultant, and Founder and CEO at Digital Human Library. Leigh is a dynamic influencer and reflective practitioner, highly skilled in building networked learning communities in ways that facilitate relationships for learning, build critical digital literacies, cultivate emotional intelligence and nurture leadership in education. Leigh has received the highest level of awards in education from the Ontario Public School Board Association and the Ontario Teachers Federation, and she has been recognized internationally by Apple and Microsoft for her innovation.

@LeighCassell
Leigh Cassell Consulting


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Jennifer Casa-Todd, Co-Founder

Jennifer Casa-Todd is wife, mom, and a Teacher-Librarian at Cardinal Carter CHS in Aurora, a former Literacy Consultant for the York Catholic District School Board,  and the author of the book, Social LEADia. She also is a grad student, and a food-loving, book-loving Ukulele player-want-to-be. She is passionate about showing teachers and students how they can use technology and social media to make the world a better place. ​

@jcasatodd
Endless Possibilities


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Michael Drezek, Lead Teacher

Michael is a husband, father of two and the District Technology Integrator for Lake Shore CSD in Angola. He is a contributing author to the book DigCitKids and has written the foreword to the book The Journey to the Y in You. He was recently named NYSCATE Educator of the Year and serves on the District Technology and Mentor Committees. He is a member of the Western New York Technology Integrators Advisory Panel, Flipgrid Student Voice Executive Board, a US Ambassador to Innovation Lab Schools (#GlobalGoalsSchools) and an advocate for digital citizenship, global collaboration, student voice, and immersive learning experiences. Outside of classrooms and when not on an adventure with his 3-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son, Michael can be found paddleboarding, kayaking, playing ice hockey, or cheering on his favorite sports teams, the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Raptors.
@m_drez


A special thank you to past leaders of GlobalEdSsChat:

Student Leaders

  • Annora Elias
  • Erin Kim
  • Garvey Mortley
  • Darcie Brohman
  • Ella Grace Craig
  • Austin Gagnier
  • Lindsey Keene
  • Nigel Klemencic
  • Emiliano Laing
  • Rylin Wormington

Lead Teachers

  • Brock Baker
  • Allison Fuisz
  • Nicole Kaufman

INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM?

Contact us to learn more about leadership opportunities for students in grades 7-12.

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