Friday, June 12, 2015

Ann Arbor International Baccalaureate Facilitators Announced

We are excited to announce the facilitators of the candidate International Baccalaureate programs in Ann Arbor. Over the next two school years, facilitators will work with teachers in our three IB settings to develop exceptional pre-K - 12th grade programs and work towards IB authorization visits which will likely begin in February 2017.

Please welcome these teachers to the positions:

Wendy Rothman: Primary Years Programme Facilitator @ Mitchell
Wendy has been a dedicated member of the Ann Arbor Public Schools teaching community since 2003 and has been a part of the Mitchell faculty since 2013. She has taught a variety of levels previously - preschool, lower and upper elementary - at Wines Elementary, the Ann Arbor Preschool, the Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor, and the University of Michigan Children's Center. Wendy has BS from the University of Michigan, and an MA from Eastern Michigan University.

Wendy has a history of collaboration with university interns, beginning teachers and colleagues both inside and out of Ann Arbor. She has developed presentations for teachers on topics including inquiry based learning, collaboration, balanced literacy, phonics, Genre: writing with purpose, and Everyday Mathematics. Wendy was an AAPS TedX Talk speaker on opening day in 2013. Wendy has been a member of the AAPS Curriculum Advisory committees and the Curriculum and Instructional Specialist committee.

Wendy attended Category I IB training (An Introduction to the PYP Curriculum Model)  in June 2014. You can read more about Wendy's journey into inquiry based learning at her blog:

Ryan Soupal: Middle Years Programme Facilitator @ Scarlett
Ryan is a known person in our academic community as a teacher in Ann Arbor at Stone/Ann Arbor Tech and Scarlett since 2003 and as the district department chair for social studies since 2011.  Ryan has degrees in history from Alma College and Eastern Michigan University.

Ryan brings with him experience with standards based curriculum mapping and has facilitated small and large teaching groups in connection with backwards design curriculum development.  He has experience using norm-referenced data in a secondary learning environment as a way to monitor program success and in instructional decision making.  He has participated in Developmental Designs training as part of the Scarlett staff.  Ryan served as a member of the Ann Arbor IB Advisory Committee during the 2014-15 school year.  

Todd Newell: Middle Years Program Facilitator @ Huron
Todd joined the staff at Huron High School in 2014 teaching AP Physics and General Physics.  Todd brings 19 years of classroom experience to AAPS and is currently serving as a member of the AAPS IB advisory committee and the IB teacher leadership group.

As part of his master's degree in physics education from EMU, Todd attended the modeling method of physics instruction program at Arizona State University. Since completing this instruction, Todd has successfully incorporated this inquiry style of instruction into his teaching.

For the previous six years, Todd taught several IB courses at the International Academy in Oakland County, primarily physics and Theory of Knowledge. Todd has also served as an IB Examiner in physics for the past four years, scoring the Physics HL Paper 3.

Eric Wynn: Diploma Program Facilitator @ Huron
Eric is new to Ann Arbor and has been an educator since 2003. He brings educational leadership experience as well as vast experience with the International Baccalaureate Organization. He has experience with and has led professional development in implementing the DP program, writing across the curriculum, using Theory of Knowledge in instruction, and incorporating international mindedness into the classroom.

Since 2005, he has trained in and taught Diploma Program Literature, History, and Theory of Knowledge, in addition to teaching Middle-Years Literature years four and five. Since 2011, Eric has been a Diploma Program Coordinator and Lead Teacher for the Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium. He also works for the International Baccalaureate Organization as an examiner for IB Literature's World Literature Assignment, Papers 1 and 2, and the Theory of Knowledge essay. Huron will mark the third time that Eric has been a part of the IB candidacy process, and the second time as a Coordinator.

Eric is concurrently completing two Master's degrees: one in literature through the Breadloaf School of English and one in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University. He also serves as an educational consultant for schools wishing to create globally-minded curricula.