Tiffany Poirier is an award-winning teacher, published children’s book author-illustrator and educational writer , with areas of specialty in gifted education, philosophy for children, and creativity. Sought after as a curriculum designer, speaker and staff developer, Tiffany has led numerous well-attended workshops and speaking engagements, including a presentation at an international conference.
She was named as an exceptional alumnus by both of the universities from which she holds degrees, with her unique teaching contributions written about on the UBC Education website and in the UVic alumni magazine. Tiffany joined the teaching profession in 2006.
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Currently, Tiffany works in the Surrey School District as the gifted education teacher in a Multi-Age Cluster Class with students in grades 5, 6, and 7. Previously, she worked for three years as a teacher in the Vancouver School District’s Gifted Challenge Centre with students in grades K-7. 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.
Early in her career, she was recognized for teaching excellence, receiving the Hazel and Jack Grimmitt Scholarship as well as the Outstanding Practicum Award (University of British Columbia, 2006). She is currently featured on the UBC Faculty of Education’s “Extraordinary Teaching” website.
In her first years in the profession, Tiffany created and presented over thirty unique original professional development workshops for teacher across the Lower Mainland.
An area of her teaching about which Tiffany is especially passionate concerns supporting children to develop and practice the skills for philosophical dialogue; her work in this area was discussed in an article in Torch Magazine. 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” (www.qisforquestion.com), and was a speaker at the World Gifted Conference in 2009.
A young Tiffany and her kindergarten teacher (who scolded her for colouring on the classroom carpet, singing too loudly, and throwing playground gravel) may not have predicted a school-bound kind of life path for the young rebel. Yet, her facility with crayons and strong “outside voice” would become an advantage in later educational pursuits. Soon, Tiffany found a better outlet for her excess colour and song, and now instead of rocks, she now enjoys throwing around ideas in a new playground: Masters of Education studies in Administration and Leadership (University of British Columbia, 2012). She completed 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). 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!