Welcome to ‘Education Is Adversity,’ my online blog and portfolio dedicated to teaching and learning in a diverse, multicultural and innovative Canadian education system.

After graduating from Simonds High School in Saint John, New Brunswick, I went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University.  In 2011, I graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton with a Bachelor of Education as well.  My career began as a supply teacher in my home province, where I had many interesting experiences working in both urban and rural settings.  However, the reality for new teachers there was; teaching jobs were scarce and full-time employment in 2016 could still be years in the making.  I made the decision to travel across Canada and take on a full time, lead teaching position in an Outreach School in Alberta.

After a great year teaching with High Prairie School Division No.48, and exploring a wide variety of curriculum, I accepted a vice-principal position at a K-12 school within the division, where I also coached the senior high boys’ basketball team.  I gained a great passion for school leadership, and seized every learning opportunity I could, which led to success in my role as vice-principal of Kinuso School.  The following year I would be relocated to Roland Michener School in Slave Lake, AB.  Here I would continue to serve as a school leader, but in a different role, as the Learning Support Teacher (LST) for the 2018-2019 school year.

In my spare time, hobbies and passions of mine include photography, hiking, travel, reading, writing, creating and socializing.



Email cgardner@hpsd.ca or use the form below if you wish to contact me or collaborate.


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