Prior to that, Mark was an elementary school administrator and educator from the Halton District School Board, where he taught for thirty-one years. He is best known for being the co-developer and co-odinator of the Special Athlete Track Meet for Physically Challenged Athletes'. That event has run in Halton, every June for over 30 years as of 2018.
Mr. Wickens' Master of Education Degree focused on International Education and Self Directed International Field Placements. He also focused on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). He researched pedagogical practices that were engaging for post secondary classrooms and lecture theaters.
Mr. Wickens holds Additional Qualification Specialist Certifications in Physical Education, Environmental Science and ESL. He also has Additional Qualifications in Special Education, Entrepreneurship and Guidance.
Mark's pedagogical practice has been influenced by highly renowned researchers. You will find their work under various tabs on this web page:
- Michael Fullan's work on "New Pedagogies for Deep
Learning for Global Impact"
- Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity and the Future of
- Alfie Kohn's work on Assessment
- Robert Marzano's work on Researched Based High
- Daniel Goleman on Emotional Intelligence
- Parker Palmer on Teaching With Heart
- Nel Noddings on the Ethics of Care
- Jim Cummins on Language Learning Theories
- Howard Gardener on Multiple Intelligence's
- Rita Dunn on Learning Styles
- Nancie Atwell on Readers Writers Workshop
- and Jeanne Gibbs work on Classroom Culture.
Mr. Wickens' passion for the last ten years has been working with students on international education initiatives.
Mark has taken students on International Field Placements to Cape Town, South Africa on two occasions for Brock's Faculty of Education. He was very privileged to present lectures at the Faculty of Education, University of Cape Town. His presentations were on Education Initiatives in the Halton District School Board, and Teaching with a Tribes Culture in the Ontario Classroom.
Mr. Wickens has been the ESL Practicum Supervisor for the the Brock University, Teacher Continuing Education Courses multiple times. Mark has also taught courses for many years to teachers in various Boards of Education throughout China. He specializes in presenting western teaching strategies and focuses on oral communication skills through drama, music and games.
At present, Mr. Wickens is the CEO of Inspiration International Education Ltd. He specializes in recruiting teachers for two reputable agencies, to the Southwest and the Southeast of London, England (more on this is available under the International Education Tab)
He is also the DIRECTOR of Nobleton Education International Ltd. He and his team support English speaking teachers to find teaching opportunities throughout China (Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, Dalian, Zhangzhou, Suzhou, Shenzhen).
Nobleton also recruits Chinese students to come to Canada to enroll in the Halton District School Board High Schools. Nobleton International also delivers online English programming and sets up international ESL summer camps.
Faculty of Education
and Field Placement Supervisor
8P16: Curriculum Methods - Concurrent Students
Field Placement Advisor in Cape Town South Africa
Department of Continuing Teacher Education
Additional Qualification Ministry of Education Courses
ESL Part 1 - Field Placement Supervisor in China
AWARD RECOGNITION FOR TEACHING
I have been privileged to have had many supportive mentors and individuals that supported my educational journey. This exciting career path would not have been possible without you. I would like to publicly recognize you here.
At Brock I have had many colleagues that have been amazing mentors and have given me amazing opportunities. The students have been a pleasure to support. It continues to be a privilege to stay in touch with many of you.
Dr. Hilary Brown
Dr. Brown provided me with the opportunity to teach at Brock. For that, I will be forever grateful.
Dr. Dolana Mogadime, Dr. Mary-Louise Vanderlee, Dr. David Hutchison were academic colleagues who supported my Master of Education studies. They were the mentors that inspired me and made completing a Masters possible.
Dr. Candace Figg, Dr. Ruth Scott, Dr. Cathy Miyata, Dr. Gail Phillips, Dr. Sheila Bennett, Dr. Sharon Abbey, Dr. Mogadime, Giselle White, Dr. Remo Persutti, Cathy Bauslaugh, Ingrid Goertz, and Cathy Rose, were amazing colleagues and outstanding partners that participated in design and delivery of engaging programing at the Faculty of Education. I learned a significant amount from each one of you during our collaborations.
International Education Colleagues:
My International Education colleagues have been a constant source of inspiration. Thank you to Cheryl Ende, Paul Logan and James Savelli for your wonderful leadership in taking students on international ESL field placements and for providing constant mentorship.
Thanks to Directors Wayne Joudrie, Stuart Millar and Superintendents Al Greyson, David Boag, Brenda Kearney, and Coordinators Sue Amos, Deb Wood and Susan Pritchard for being outstanding role models and for supporting the Special Athlete Track Meet initiative. Along with our leadership team (Linda Leppek, Corinne Stratford, Leslie Davis, Barry Koepke, Alison Pabst, and Steve Morrison) and the whole Halton Special Education staff, we were able positively impact thousands of physically challenged students.
Thank you also to the many Trustees and SEAC members who supported this venture in our first 20 years and for always coming to support the students at the event. There are so many of you to thank. You know who you are. Please know I am very appreciative.
Thanks to the board staff that continue to support this event in the future.
Principal Partners and Educators
Thanks to Jeff Blackwell and Mike Hawkins who were outstanding administrative partners. They were significant role models who taught me what was important to know as a principal leader. Thank you to Jeff who gave me the opportunity to run my own school.
Thank you to Apple Distinguished Educator Chuck Phillips who has been a constant source of inspiration on the future of technology in schools.
Most Important of All
Finally, I would like to thank my family, Trudy, Chris and Scott for supporting my academic initiatives and roles. Without their patience and understanding, I would not have been able to support my staff and students to the extent that I did. I would not have been able to accomplish what I have achieved to this point without your support. Thanks so much!