Tiffany Poirier is an award-winning teacher and vice principal, speaker, curriculum specialist, author-illustrator of Q is for Question: An ABC of Philosophy and parent. Tiffany helps children, parents and teachers learn the tools, strategies and skills they need to unleash their inner philosophers, work together through “community of inquiry” practices, and develop their gifts. Tiffany is passionate in her belief that “every child has infinite gifts to discover and share,” and she encourages her students to “think critically, think creatively, and be the leaders this world needs.”
* * * * * * * * * * * *Surrey School District as a District Resource Teacher in gifted education, teaching in the Challenge Program. She has also taught extra curricular enrichment classes, gifted summer school, and provided private gifted consultation services for families, helping to create personalized learning enrichment plans. Tiffany is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence (national level), 2014. As well, Tiffany and her students won Mindshare Learning’s “Spirit Award” for sharing their 21st century learning practices (2013). Early in her career, Tiffany was recognized for teaching excellence with the Hazel and Jack Grimmett Scholarship as well as the Outstanding Practicum Award (University of British Columbia, 2006). Tiffany has created and presented dozens of original professional development workshops for educators across the Lower Mainland and beyond and has enjoyed speaking at various conferences and symposiums, such as the World Gifted Conference, TEDxVictoria, and the Greater Edmonton Teacher’s Conference (GETCA). An area about which Tiffany is especially passionate is supporting children to develop and practice the skills used in philosophical dialogue; her work in this area was discussed in an article in Torch Magazine. She has been interviewed for CBC radio’s The Sunday Edition and subsequently her class was featured in a documentary for the same program. She also wrote educational articles published in The Tyee, BCTF’s Teacher Newsmagazine, and Synergy Magazine, authored and illustrated a children’s critical thinking book, Q is for Question: An ABC of Philosophy. Tiffany holds a Masters of Education in Administration and Leadership (University of British Columbia, 2012), a B.Ed Elementary Education (University of British Columbia, 2006), a BA in Philosophy (University of Victoria, 2004), and a certificate in Performing Arts (Canadian College of Performing Arts, 2000)–and she was named as an exceptional alumnus by both of the universities from which she holds degrees. In 2000, she qualified for an “A” level CSPA Skydiving License, but today Tiffany finds teaching and co-learning with her students is the ultimate rush!