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K-12 Influencers: Susan Spellman Cann

“The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.” – J Burroughs

Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
I am 59-years-old. Up until five years ago, I did not tweet, blog, or really know very much about technology . Now I can create and continue to develop my skills.

Favorite website / app:
I love Haiku Deck. It is a great way to spread positive messages throughout the world.

Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
Alec Couros inspires me because he gave me the gift of overcoming my fears by encouraging a non technological person to take risks and reach out for support. I have learned so many skills because of his support and knowledge. His kindness was and continues to be modelled for me. I believe I am a better School Counselor because of everything he taught me.

Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
Five years ago I jumped into ETMOOC Educational Technology Massive Open Online Course and It has changed the way I communicate. I can now learn, collaborate and share with people all around the world. Joining this course not only helped me professionally, but it has helped me personally as well. I was not an artist before taking this online course, but now I love to create. I lost my fear of doing so by making my learning visible.

Describe what it means for you to be a K-12 Influencer in STEM.
We need young people to overcome their fears and realize they can … instead of they can’t! If I can as an older person learn, so can they!!! I want to model for young people to take positive risks, so that they can make a difference in their communities and their world.

What knowledge would you impart to other K-12 Influencers in STEM?
Feel the fear and do it anyway. Model for the young people what you want them to know. Jump in with young people and make learning fun. Be that encourager that you may have wanted others to be for you!

Susan Spellman Cann received the  2016 University of Calgary Excellence In Supervision Award Counselling Psychology and 2014 Calgary Catholic School District Shepherd Leadership Award

Follow her on Twitter: @sspellmancann

Check out her website: sspellmancann.com


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