“My mother recently passed away. She taught for over 30 years. She’s my inspiration and is pushing me to succeed and improve my teaching practice.” – Andre Quaglia, Canada
The recent E2 Conference in Redmond provided us with the perfect opportunity to speak with educators from all over the world. We not only learned about their challenges and successes, but also about what drives them each day.
For Andre Quaglia, being at E2 was more than a learning experience – it was also quite personal and emotional. “My mother recently passed away,” he shared. “She taught for over 30 years. She’s my inspiration and is pushing me to succeed and improve my teaching practice. She was very excited for me to come here, so I’ve been thinking about her a lot during the trip.”
Quaglia, who has been teaching for a decade, hails from an entire family of educators, and always wanted to follow in his parents’ footsteps. “My mother was an elementary teacher. She taught grade three. My father taught grade five for 33 years,” he says. “I’m a high-school teacher, so I’m the black sheep of the family.”
Bettering his teaching practice through networking and learning from other educators is in Quaglia’s DNA, and it shows. Recently named a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Quaglia can be found sharing his experiences on Twitter and his personal blog, including his first time using Sway.
With a passion for business, IT and technology, Quaglia takes great pride in helping his students take their work to, “the next level” by guiding them as they set up their own summer businesses and even secure funding.
“My mother instilled a lot of patience in me,” says Quaglia. “To reach out to the most vulnerable, to be a role model. We talked about bravery, instilling values in kids and to not only help [students] become not only productive citizens in society, but to also teach them digital literacy skills. Both of my parents instilled those values in me and that’s something that I wanted to pass on to the kids that I teach.”
Educator, Tecumseh Vista Academy
Department Head at Greater Essex County School Board