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  • Writer's pictureZoe Branigan-Pipe

Rediscovering My Educational Journey: A Fresh Start on a New Platform



I'm thrilled to welcome you to my new blog space, where I'll be sharing my experiences, insights, and adventures both in and out of the classroom. But first, a little about me.


My New Blogging Journey

After about 14 years of blogging on Edublogs, I've decided to move my blog to a new platform that aligns better with my current needs and interests. While my older posts, dating back to 2009, remain a precious archive of my evolving journey as an educator at pipedreams.edublogs.org, it's time for a fresh start.


Who Am I?


Special Education Teacher:

I am a teacher specializing in Universal Designed Learning (UDL), Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, and Special Education, with a focus on Gifted and Gifted 2e learners.


Teacher Instructional Leader and Course Developer:

 I'm also deeply involved in curriculum development and accreditation coordination for Continuing Teacher Education at Brock University. You can explore more about these programs at https://brocku.ca/education/programs/continuing-teacher-education/. In addition to my professional role as an Accreditation Coordinator at Brock University, I'm a course writer and instructor.


Mother/Wife/Friend:

On a personal note, I'm a mother to two wonderful boys, Jackson and Nathan Pipe. My husband, Brad, who's not only my biggest supporter but also my running partner, has been a constant source of strength and companionship over the years.


Globetrotter:

Travel and learning about the world is a core part of my life. I passionately share my experiences through Vlogs on YouTube, showcasing journeys like my trips here:


Travelling is more than just moving from one place to another for me; it's a grounding experience. I immerse myself in the local communities, engage in activities like running and hiking, and prefer staying in homestays or hostels. This allows me to deeply connect with different cultures, histories, and arts. It's a journey into the heart of social justice, understanding poverty, and global issues. This exploration doesn't just enrich me personally; it makes me a better person, a more understanding mother, and a more inspired teacher.


Runner:

Running marathons, following a plant-based diet, and travelling are some of my passions.


The People Who Shaped My Journey

Throughout my career, I've been fortunate to encounter individuals who've profoundly influenced my path. I'm eternally grateful to mentors like @Dougpete and friends such as Rodd Lucier, known as @thecleversheep on Twitter. Rodd's retirement hasn't diminished the impact he's had on me.


I also owe so much to Dr. Camille Rutherford, a beacon of leadership and empowerment in teacher education. Dean Shareski, another remarkable educator, has been a constant advocate for leadership in teaching, and his support has been invaluable.


Reflection and Anticipation

The recent years, marked by the pandemic, brought about challenges in education. I felt a sense of stagnation, which contrasted sharply with my earlier, more dynamic interactions within the educational community. However, these challenges have only fueled my determination to advocate for continued change and innovation in education with the hope that one day, all classrooms can support all students to succeed in the best way possible... for them.


The Road Ahead

This new blog will be a blend of my professional experiences as a teacher and leader, as well as my personal passions like travelling and running. It's a space for me to continue sharing, learning, and growing. And I invite you to join me on this exciting journey.

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