Our Team2018-09-23T19:46:30+00:00

Katherine Baker  APEQ President

Birthplace: Pointe Claire, Quebec
Schooling: Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) at McGill University, Master of Physical Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Thesis on elementary school children’s attitudes towards Phys. Ed., emphasis on girls participation).
What I Do: Education Consultant, Physical Education and Health with the English Montreal School Board
What Inspires You About Phys. Ed: The incredible potential that the subject holds to shape happier and healthier lives, the fact that school-based PE programs are the only place some kids most in need of getting excited about physical activity will be reached, the smiles and pride on the faces of students who just realized they’ve become more competent in their skills, the joy of movement, the amazing teachers who work in the field of Physical Education and Health, seeing Grade 3 students belay each other on a rock wall, Grade 5 students light a fire and cook their own meal outdoors, Grade 6 students compete in a municipal track and field event…and knowing that all those memorable experiences are the result of dedicated and passionate PE teachers, the fact that being physically literate allows you to see the world from different viewpoints.

Krista Smeltzer – Past APEQ President (2010-2013)
Birthplace: Pembroke, Ontario
Schooling: B.ED McGIll, M.A. PE Pedagogy, McGill
What I do: Physical Education Teacher at Champlain College St. Lambert
What Inspires You About Phys. Ed: I have loved physical education from the time I first stepped into Jane Wardle’s Basic Games class at McGill in the fall of 2000. From that day onward, I knew I was surrounded by people passionate about being active for life and inspiring that passion in others! Teaching physical education inspires me to create learning experiences for students to find an activity that makes them feel happy, confident, and motivated to do it on a regular basis. As I regularly tell the 17-19 year olds I teach, ‘it doesn’t matter what you do, just move!…and make sure you like it!’
Joey Feith – Past In Motion Coordinator (2011-2013)
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec
Schooling: Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) from McGill University
What I Do: I proudly teach elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal. I also run a website called ThePhysicalEducator.com. When not planning, teaching, blogging or tweeting, you can find me hanging out with my family, hiking/running (sometimes at the same time if bears are involved), or daydreaming.
What Inspires You About Phys. Ed: Knowing that I’m helping my students develop everything they’ll need to live every adventure their (healthy) hearts can dream of.
Kristen Crowdis – APEQ Conference Co-Chairperson (2015)
Birthplace: Mississauga, Ontario
Schooling: Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) at McGill University
What I Do: I am a physical education teacher at McCaig elementary school for the Sir Wilfrid Laurier school board
What Inspires You About Phys. Ed: My passion for teaching comes in the form of the look on my students face once they have succeeded or overcome a hurdle. It has always been important to me to remain connected to a professional organization. Being a part of APEQ helps me stay motivated and to learn more and improve on new activities for my students. I am pleased to be a part of an organization that is always striving to provide its membership with current information and new and exciting activities.

Jeffrey Zeidel – Treasurer 

Birthplace: Pointe Claire, Quebec
Schooling: Bachelor of Education (Physical Education & Health) at McGill University, Enrolled in Education Leadership graduate program at McGill University
What I Do:I currently teach physical education and health at Dawson College as well at the high school level for the the Lester B. Pearson School Board. When I am not teaching I am working on my Masters or looking for the next big adventure.
What Inspires You About Phys. Ed: There are two major aspects that inspire me about physical education, that is working with kids and sport. sport has always been the driving force in my life and it has led me to the person I am today. I teach students about physical education in hopes that it has the same impact on their lives that it has on mine.

 John CameronSocial Media Coordinator 

Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec
Schooling: Bachelors Degree in Physical and Health Education and Masters in Educational Leadership
What I Do: Phys. Ed teacher in the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
What Inspires You About Phys. Ed: Trying to inspire with the wonders of PE and helping others to recognize their strengths as healthy and active students.

Grace Cameron 

Birthplace: Knowlton, Quebec
Schooling: B.Ed Physical and Health Education at McGill and Masters of Human Kinetics In Sports Management

What I Do: Works at Water Polo Canada
What Inspires You About Phys. Ed: For the longest time I have loved to teach in any different capacity from swimming lessons to the classroom. My interests in sport called me to the field of sports management where I currently work for Water Polo Canada. Even though I have moved away from teaching, every time I am around the APEQ group I am inspired by what physical education does for students all over, so I thought it would be important to give back in any way I can!

Laura PietracupaSocial Media Coordinator 

Birthplace: Lachine, Quebec
Schooling: Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) at McGill University
What I Do: Phys. Ed teacher in the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
What Inspires You About Phys. Ed: What inspires me most about physical education is the positive, lifelong impact that I can make on my students by instilling a love for physical activity and helping build friendships among students. I know making sports and physical activity accessible to all is the key to setting kids up for healthy and active lifestyles, helping kinds get on that path inspires me to teach every day.

Megan Glendon 

Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec
Schooling: Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) at McGill University
What I Do: Physical and Health Education Teacher for LBPSB
What Inspires You About Phys. Ed: Being able to watch my students develop and learn about types of physical activities that they may not have seen before. My goal is help students find something they enjoy and be able to continue it on their own long term.

Jamie Brasseur

Birthplace: St Lazare, Quebec
Schooling: Bachelor of Education (Physical Education and Health) at McGill University
What I Do: Elementary and Secondary Physical Education Teacher with the Lester B. Pearson School Board
What Inspires You About Phys. Ed: I’m inspired by the fact that I have an opportunity to teach kids in a fun and playful environment. My goal is to expose students to as many positive experiences as possible, in hopes that they might fall in love with at least one activity and become, life long, physically active people.