Lisa Cole is a passionate physics, science and mathematics educator who believes in fostering curiosity and mentoring students to develop conceptual understanding of concepts in creative ways. Lisa studied Physics at McGill University and completed her Education degree at Queen’s University. She is committed to life-long learning and is currently completing a Master of Education degree at York University focused on Canadian Women in Physics and STEM. Lisa has fourteen years of experience as a classroom teacher and was the Science Department Head at Uxbridge Secondary School in the Durham District School Board. For the past three years, Lisa Cole has been working as the Science and Technology Program Facilitator (K-12) at the Durham District School Board. She played a critical role in developing the Board’s system plan for STEM Education and created numerous opportunities for schools, educators and students. Lisa created and delivered valuable teacher workshops where educators engaged in hands-on learning experiences using tools and strategies focused on inquiry and STEM Teaching and Learning. Her approaches to supporting educators has ignited enthusiasm and engagement with science educators in DDSB! Lisa organized and coordinated the public talk series STEM Talks and ran large student events such as the Mystery Box Challenge, STEM Olympics and Future City. As an educator, Lisa works to create innovative new experiences that both excites students and teachers. She has worked in partnership with the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon to not only take her own students to work on a Students on the Beamline project but has also taken a team of secondary teachers to ignite their own curiosity and spark their own interest in mentoring their own students. As are result, two additional student teams have completed projects!
Lisa has become a critical voice and advocate for Science and STEM education across Ontario and nationally. She was the president of the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers for two years and was the Eastern Ontario Teacher Network Coordinator for the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Outreach Team. Lisa was a teacher contributor for many of the teacher resources developed by Perimeter Institute. She also attended the EinsteinPlus teacher workshop at Perimeter Institute and later worked as a facilitator for the program. Lisa is also a core participated in the Canadian Engineering Change Lab providing perspectives as a K-12 educator in the social change lab that will reimagine the future of the Engineering profession in Canada. https://engineerscanada.ca/diversity/change-lab
Lisa is an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusive education and through her work, she continues to innovate programs and opportunities that are focused on students. She has been an invited panelist for discussions around K-12 Science and STEM Education and Women in Physics. Lisa has presented workshops at many conferences such as the Science Teachers Association of Ontario Conference and the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers Conference. She has also facilitated Summer Institutes including a summer physics teacher camp in Sudbury which included a unique visit to SNOLab! Lisa has also run webinars for the Ontario Teachers Federation.
Lisa was recently award the Canadian Association of Physicists Excellence in High School Teaching Award. It is a national award recognizing the work that Lisa has done in the province of Ontario. Lisa Cole was also selected to attend a highly competitive three week High School Teacher program at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. She was one of 43 participants from 34 different countries – the 10th Canadian participate to date!