BIO

Tiffany Poirier is a teaching vice principal and the founder of The Learning Coats Project and The Teaching Coats Project.  She is also a published children’s book author and illustrator and parent.

Her areas of interest include educational leadership, gifted education, philosophy for children, and creativity.  Sought after as a speaker and staff developer, Tiffany has led numerous well-attended workshops and speaking engagements, including a presentation at an international conference.  She was named as an exceptional alumnus by both of the universities from which she holds degrees. Tiffany blogs at personalizinglearning.com

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Tiffany joined the teaching profession in 2006, and currently works in the Greater Victoria School District as a teaching vice principal.  Previously she worked in the Surey School District as a District Resource Teacher in gifted education teacher in the Challenge Program with students in grades 3-7.  She also worked for three years as a teacher in the Vancouver School District’s Gifted Challenge Centre.  She has also taught extra curricular enrichment classes, gifted summer school, and provided private gifted consultation services for families, helping to create personalized learning enrichment plans.

Early in her career, she was recognized for teaching excellence, receiving the Hazel and Jack Grimmitt Scholarship as well as the Outstanding Practicum Award (University of British Columbia) and is featured on the UBC Faculty of Education’s “Extraordinary Teaching” website.  She also recently won The Mindshare Learning Spirit Award for  technology-infused 21st century teaching practices.

image001In her first years in the profession, Tiffany created and presented over thirty original professional development workshops for teachers across the Lower Mainland.  She loves to exchange ideas and reflect on teaching with her colleagues in this way.

An area of her teaching about which Tiffany is especially passionate concerns supporting children to develop and practice the skills for philosophical dialogue.  Tiffany wrote and illustrated a children’s critical thinking book, “Q is for Question: An ABC of Philosophy”.

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In September of 2012, Michael Enright interviewed Tiffany for CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition, and in January of 2013 CBC came to her classroom to record a documentary, Philosophy Kids.  As well, her work in this are was discussed in an article by The Globe & Mail columnist Tom Hawthorn, published in Torch Magazine.

She herself has written educational articles appearing in The Tyee,  BCTF’s Teacher Newsmagazine, and Synergy Magazine.  and was a speaker at the World Gifted Conference in 2009.

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Tiffany’s kindergarten teacher (who scolded her for colouring on the classroom carpet, singing too loudly, and throwing playground gravel) may not have predicted a school-bound life path for the young “rebel”. Yet, her facility with crayons and strong “outside voice” would become an advantage in later educational pursuits.  Tiffany eventually found a better outlet for her excess colour and song. She stopped throwing rocks and started throwing around ideas in a new playground: Masters of Education studies in Administration and Leadership (University of British Columbia, 2012), and she graduated top of her class.

Tiffany’s other educational pursuits included completing a B.Ed in Elementary Education (University of British Columbia, 2006), a B.A. in Philosophy (University of Victoria, 2004), and a certificate in Performing Arts (Canadian College of Performing Arts, 2000).  In 2000, she qualified for an “A” level CSPA Skydiving License–but today Tiffany finds teaching and co-learning with her students is the ultimate rush!

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Tiffany Poirier's "Teaching Coat".

Tiffany Poirier’s “Teaching Coat”. See more at http://www.teachingcoats.com

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