Coleen Birkett, OCT, is an educator with the Toronto District School Board. She has thirteen years of classroom experience. In addition, Coleen has written many articles for community publications and has also been involved with the Ontario Black History Society as a curriculum writer and consultant. She has taught in Central America, Toronto and Bermuda in public and private schools. For her work in Bermuda, Coleen received the Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has developed and presented workshops to educators in West Africa and Bermuda. Miss Birkett has also worked as an Instructional Coach for the TDSB’s Literacy and Numeracy initiative.