I am overjoyed that my assignment this year is grade six, seven, and eight mathematics in the middle school, as well as continuing my role in regards to Math Resource for grades 1-5. In addition to this, I will also be continuing my duties as Yearbook Advisor for the 2019-2020 Yearbook Committee.

This is my ninth year at the Ottawa Jewish Community School, and each year seems to just get better and better. I have been an educator for 13 years, and have been a part of several other school communities and climates, both public and private, and with each opportunity I have learned new things; however, the OJCS holds a special place in my heart, as it has become not only a place of enrichment and growth for the students, staff, and myself, but a nurturing a caring community. A family in which, I am happy to be a part of each day. A safe place to be vulnerable to try new things, share ideas, and raise each other up to their strengths and goals.

My formal education began at Acadia University where I completed a B.Arts (Honours.) Following, I moved to the United States to complete a B.Sc and a B.Ed degree. I am a certified Mathematics Specialist, in accordance to the Ontario College of Teachers, and I have a passion for mathematics that reaches not just the four walls of my classrooms or the school campus, but into the greater Ottawa community. I sit on two boards representing and fostering mathematics teaching and education in students. I am the Treasurer and Independent School Representative of the Ottawa Zone for Mathematics Educators,(OZONE) and I was also the co-chair of the volunteering committee for the 2019 Ontario Association of Mathematics Education, (OAME) conference, that was held here in Ottawa, May 2019. Working alongside my peers in other schools, cities, and boards, allow me to continuously grow and expand my own learning and teaching practices.

I believe that through ongoing and open conversations and communication, between parents, teachers, and students, the best plans and successes unfold for each student’s specific needs and individualized goals.

Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband Matthew, and our dog Boscoe, and we enjoy our time at our family cottage. I love traveling (I would love to do more) and I love shopping (I should do less), but I absolutely adore learning new things, whether it is reading a new book, learning a new code sequence, or trying a new activity or adventure, I have an open and positive mindset.

…except maybe on camping…(yet…)

I can be contacted at anytime at c.cleveland@theojcs.ca , and I will reply within 24 hours, with the exception of Statutory holidays, Jewish holidays, and Shabbat.  Please also feel free to follow me on twitter @mathemachic and at www.chelseacleveland.com

I am looking forward to an enthusiastic and meaningful year ahead.

Best Regards,

Mrs. Cleveland