Shelly Bembridge is a 21st century classroom educator at Bedford South School in Bedford, Nova Scotia. Shelly came to the education field from the business world 15 years ago and has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting and Global Business Management as well as a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies. After deciding to switch careers after the birth of her first child 15 years ago, she has worked hard to infuse her classroom with meaningful technology by attending ongoing professional development in the fields of Science, Technology & Mathematics. Coming from a business background prior to the education field, Bembridge’s goal has been to infuse the knowledge and experience she gained from the business world into better preparing students to be the leaders and future workforce of tomorrow. Bembridge wants to best prepare the students by fostering attitudes and skills that will nurture life-long learning and responsible global citizenship. She encourages students to become confident risk takers and to have fun while learning. Bembridge works to deliver the curriculum in a multi-disciplinary & engaging approach as she has found it better supports the differentiated needs of today’s classroom.
Over the last five years at Bedford South School, Bembridge has used the universal language of robotics to support students from Israel, Iran, Iraq, Germany, India, Pakistan, Serbia, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Nigeria, Russia and help develop their English language skills and oral confidence. Over the last five years Bembridge has worked with students from all over the world and often refers to her classroom as the United Nations. She regularly seeks grant opportunities to enrich the curriculum, make learning more meaningful for students, increase student engagement and infuse technology into her classroom. The NSTU and the Democracy 250 Legacy Trust have supported her efforts through grant proposals. She is currently awaiting approval for several new grants to create and share resources to help ease the transition of new Canadians, immigrants and refugees into life in Canada. In an attempt to enrich students’ educational experience and increase the engagement of students Bembridge has previously received a NSTU PDAF Grant to introduce students to the wonderful world of robotics through the LEGO™ NXT Mindstorm™ robot. Using this fun, hands on ‘toy’ students learn important science concepts, formulas, synthesis & presentation skills, as well as the basic principles of the engineering process in an authentic, problem-based challenge. Students have become empowered with their own learning in a student-focused and constructivist-based classroom. Shelly is a passionate lifelong learner who embraces technology both in both her professional and personal life to work both more efficiently and more effectively. She uses social media to engage her students, flatten the walls of her classroom, and communicate with an extended community. Shelly believes that we all have to “be the change we want to see in the world” and that we can and will make a difference, one act at a time.
Shelly has been a regular attendee at the Florida Education & Technology Conference and has attended Carnegie Mellon Institute of Robotics for training in Lego Robotics and NXT Robots. She has a Master of Education from MSVU with a concentration on Holistic Education. Shelly was one of just six Canadians chosen to represent Nova Scotia at Discovery Education Training in Burlington, Vermont in 2013, was invited to present at the Florida Education & Technology Conference in Florida in 2014, and was a workshop presenter at the edTechTeacher iPad Summit in San Diego, California in 2016. Shelly also is a regular presenter of Technology Integration Sessions at the Halifax Regional School Board and a Technology Integration Leader at Bedford South School. Shelly is a Twitter pioneer in Nova Scotia with over 500 followers and collectively over 10 000 tweets. She regularly flattens the walls of her classroom and Bedford South using social media to communicate with parents, teachers, students, and others both locally and internationally. Shelly has experienced the benefits of early STEM exposure with her own two boys through their involvement in First Lego League TM and wass co-director of the Falcon Academy of Robotics from 2009 to 2013 and has coached her son’s FLL Team from home, the ROBOmasters of Bedford, NS. The Robomasters received recognition at Acadia University for the second highest score for their Robot Performance at the Robotics Competition, First Place for their Teamwork, for their Innovative Solutions and Gracious Professionalism. In 2015 the ROBOmasters were the overall FLL Champions at Regional Qualifiers in Halifax and won for their Robot Design at the Nova Scotia Robotic Competition held at Acadia University in 2016. Shelly has also been honored with the Coach of the Year Award from Acadia University.
Mount Saint Vincent University, Masters of Education (September 2003 - May 2005) Halifax, NS Master of Education Major(s): Curriculum Studies Minor(s): Peace & Social Justice Saint Mary’s University, Bachelor of Commerce (September 1991 - May 1995) Halifax, NS Bachelor of Bachelor of Commerce Major(s): Accounting and Global Business Management Saint Mary’s University Bachelor of Arts (September 1991 - May 1995) Halifax, NS Major(s): International Development Studies PPROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Halifax Regional School Board Leadership Development Program (September 2013 - May 2014) Halifax, NS Discovery Education, STAR Educator Training Halifax Regional School Board (2012 - Current) Halifax, NS Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Robotic Teacher Certification (June 2011) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Halifax Regional School Board Non- Violent Crisis Intervention (2011) Halifax, NS
Bembridge has previous experience aligning grades two through six science curriculum outcomes with robotics instruction. She has transformed the traditional ‘book buddy’ system at her school & replaced it with cooperative science/math learning opportunities in a group called “STEMology buddies”. Bembridge feels that there is great opportunity to use technology integration to more effectively deliver science curriculum and increase student engagement & opportunities for differentiation. Starting from within the walls of her own classroom, Bembridge is supporting students and colleagues to effect change within the education system and is demonstrating the importance of robotics education. Shelly is proud mother to Keigan (16 of Charles P. Allen High School) and Rowan Tulloch (13 of Rocky Lake Junior High). Whether her children are involved in hockey or sailing, she is an active volunteer and supports organizations such as the Dartmouth Yacht Club, the Bedford Blues Hockey Association, Ground Zero Climbing Gym, the Bedford Beavers, Bedford United Church, and the First Lego League.