DIRECTOR OF ACADEMICS MIDDLE/SENIOR SCHOOLS
David Harvey has been teaching for 24 years, and his initial motivation to become an educator stemmed from the idea that it seemed the most direct route for effecting social change. “Later I realized I truly enjoyed helping young people negotiate the intellectual and social challenges of finding a passion and pursuing it,” he says. Harvey’s day is spent visiting classrooms and observing students learning and providing teachers with feedback on their teaching practice. He also teaches a Grade 12 philosophy class daily. Harvey had the opportunity to work as an Educational Consultant through The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Amman, Jordan with a team of Canadian educators. “We were tasked with assisting the Jordanian Ministry in its efforts to train superintendents and directors in a new national framework for curriculum development. Working at an international level in a culture that was new to me was a very memorable and worthwhile experience,” he recounts.
“Pedagogically, I am a constructivist and a close follower of American pragmatists like Dewey and Rorty. As such, I believe that what stands as "Educational Truth" is always evolving and transforming to meet the needs of changes in the broader society.”