P3 #136 Melanie White – 2020-10-14, 8.28 PM

By Noa Daniel

Passionate educators connect weekly to address questions, explore perspectives and learn from each other.

Melanie grew up in Rexdale, a suburb of Toronto when Maestro Fresh Wes was the hottest new act on radio and colour was coming to neighbourhoods along with the smells of jerk chicken, curry, and gelato. She spent a year at Jacksonville University in Florida before returning to finish her meandering path in academia to the University of Guelph where she thought she would major in botany, then urban and rural planning, then geography, and finally settling on English. She worked in government and learned about conflict resolution and mediation before realizing her lifelong wish to be an educator. She has three grown children, one of whom is disabled and lives at home. After moving around the Ottawa Carleton District she now works as the English and Fine Arts Department Head at her high school. Melanie’s educational passions include disrupting the canon, promoting and honouring student voice, media studies, equity, and anti-Black racism.