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Queen’s Faculty of Education takes great pride in our accomplished, progressive, and innovative alumni community. Our graduates span the globe working as teachers, administrators, and leaders in education. This page is a home for alumni community – a place to access resources and share your stories and experiences. We want to hear your stories and bring your experiences and learning to the Queen’s education alumni community. Share your stories with us at edalumni@queensu.ca.

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Alumna Brings her Teaching Skills to a Career in Medicine and Research

Alumna Brings her Teaching Skills to a Career in Medicine and Research

June, 21, 2019
By Communications Team 

In a lot of ways, Hannah Ramsay has a familiar story. Her mother was a kindergarten teacher and she knew from a very early age that teaching was something she wanted to do when she grew up. But, as Hannah made her way through Con.Ed. at Queen’s, she realized she wasn’t quite ready to give up life as a student. Hannah applied for a Master’s in Chemistry with the hope that the additional degree would help her to get a job as a teacher. 

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Splash N' Boots Bring Music, Fun, and Inspiration to ACE Students

Splash N' Boots Bring Music, Fun, and Inspiration to ACE Students

June, 20, 2019
Splash N BootsBy Communications Team 

Thanks to support from the Barbara Crook Fund, the Faculty of Education welcomed Juno winning children’s entertainment duo Splash n’ Boots for a workshop with ACE students this April. Splash n’ Boots began in 2003 as a class project for then-teacher candidates (now Queen’s alumni) Nick Adams and Taes Leavitt. At the workshop Nick and Taes shared the challenges and successes working in the children’s entertainment industry and spoke about the power and importance of perseverance.

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Mind, body, and spirit – Meet Barbara Laing

Mind, body, and spirit – Meet Barbara Laing

PhD Candidate in Education

March 26, 2019

by Phil Gaudreau

Written for the School of Graduate Studies

There are those moments in life that just give you goosebumps – that sensation that you’ve experienced something incredible, and your life will never be the same from that point on.

How do people experience the serendipitous as spiritual? How do these moments impact learning? And how is this learning shared with others? Barbara Laing (B.Ed’05) wants to find out.

Grade 4/5 Class Petitions Kingston City Hall and Queen’s Park to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

February 25, 2019

Jerri Jerreat’s (B.Ed. ’02) grade 4/5 class at Elginburg DPS in Kingston is taking action to protect the environment. A class discussion on the rights and responsibilities of Canadians and a visit from Derek Ochej, Committee Clerk for the City of Kingston, inspired the class to write a petition to Kingston City Hall to ban single-use plastic shopping bags and polystyrene for food and drink.

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B.Ed. Alumnus Brings Scottish Music to Kingston Youth

February 20, 2019

When John McKay (B.Ed. ‘16) came to Queen’s for his B.Ed. he brought his passion for the bagpipes with him. He also brought a lifelong interest in teaching and learning. These two parts of John’s life intersected in Dr. Jane Chin’s Prof 110 during a show and tell. At the time, John was interested in the Inveraray and District Pipe Band, a competitive pipe band based in Scotland. He shared this for the class activity, sparking a connection that eventually led to an alternative practicum at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow and establishing free programs that bring traditional Scottish pipe band music to any Kingston area youth interested.

Queen's Community Cupboard with students who built it