Hi, I’m Michael Pascaris. I have been teaching and leading in special education programs for ten years. In 2020 I completed my Master of Education degree with a focus on educational leadership and leveraging technology to support students of all abilities.
My career began in 2011 at a treatment centre for children with a dual-diagnosis. As a rookie teacher, I led a classroom team of school board support staff and agency personnel as we balanced the educational and treatment needs of students with multiple exceptionalities.
After that, I led an autism intensive support program within a high school for six years. In that role, I created a vocational training program that fostered an inclusive learning community within my school and prepared students with autism to transition successfully to co-op placements, meaningful employment, and college.
Currently, I lead the Special Education department at my high school in Toronto. As a teacher and assistant curriculum leader I help my colleagues by sharing strategies and resources for leading inclusive classrooms and using technology as a tool to empower students of all abilities. After class I coach my school’s soccer team.
I am teaching Special Education courses at the TDSB’s Virtual Secondary School for the 2020-21 academic year.