Maria Serevetas

Maria is a full time secondary science school teacher in the Durham District School Board with over 25 + years of classroom experience. She recently completed her PhD at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto in the Curriculum Teaching and Learning Department supervised by Professor Slotta. Her research playground was her classroom where she had the dual role of researcher-teacher and captured the teacher’s role in orchestrating a Knowledge Community and Inquiry (KCI) classroom.  Motivated by her passion for teaching and learning and knowing that employability skills in the 21st century have changed, Maria continues to use the KCI model in her science classrooms because it affords student’s passions and interests to guide the flow of the curriculum while they collaboratively co-constructing a knowledge base in Google Drive. Maria was science department head for over 17 years and has various leadership roles in developing and presenting professional development sessions to pre-service and in-service teachers at the school, school-board and provincial levels. She has been involved in teacher training in the following areas: health and safety in science classrooms, learning management systems, curriculum development, inquiry-based learning, multiple intelligences, brain theory, understanding adolescent learners, science literacy, assessment and evaluation, instructional strategies, learning and teaching styles, tribes, and cooperative learning. Maria graduated from McMaster University with an honour B. Sc. degree in biochemistry and completed a B. Ed. and M. Ed. in Educational Administration at the University of Toronto. She continued her learning and development by completing this PhD research and hopes to continue pushing the envelope of educational thinking about teaching and learning in the 21st Century and to challenge herself and her peers in all tiers of education: Educators, developers and researchers.