Who am I?

Passionate ● Dedicated ● Creative

Molding 21st century minds by re-envisioning a skills based ELA classroom & fostering a ❤️ of reading & writing

My name is Tara-Lee Markides-Deighan and I have been engaging and supporting diverse learners (in my locally developed, applied and academic high school English classes) since 2006, many of whom are reluctant readers and writers, have behavioral issues, have learning disabilities or need support in increasing their critical thinking skills. I now use these skills to support students in an alternative school.

I hope that my posts can guide you in engaging and supporting the diverse learners in your classroom.

Pedagogy Focus
Curriculum Expectations ● 21st Century Skill Based Learning ● Universal Design ● Differentiated Instruction ● Assessment As, Of, & For Learning ● Learning Goals and Success Criteria ● 3 Part Lesson Planning ● Experiential/Inquiry Based Learning ● Collaborative/Cooperative Learning ● Innovative Technology use with a focus on SMAR Model ● Ungrading ● BOOK LOVE ❤️

My Qualifications

My Experience:

Alt Ed (Guidance, English, Social Science/World Studies) /Sped Ed Teacher

St. Oscar Romero CSS DPCDSB

My Experience:

High School English Teacher


Professional Development Instructor

Father Michael Goetz CSS DPCDSB

Tech Coach


Literacy Committee Co-Chair


Curriculum and Resource Writer


Digital Marketplace Presenter

Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board

ELL Elementary School Teacher

Ministère de l’Éducation nationale, Frace

My Education:

Alternative Education AQ

*York University

Special Education Part 1 AQ

*Queen’s University

Orton-Gillingham Associate Level

*Orton-Gillingham Academy

Teaching and Learning Through e-Learning AQ

*Queens University

Reading Part 1 Additional Qualification

*Wilfred Laurier University

English Honours Specialist AQ

*University of Western Ontario

Bachelor of Education, Intermediate/Senior: Religion and English

University of Western Ontario

Bachelor of Arts, Joint Honors: English Rhetoric and Professional Writing and Religious Studies, Co-op

University of Waterloo


Teacher of the Year Recipient


Niagara University Faculty of Education

Bachelor of Education Award

Bachelor of Education Award 2005

Bachelor of Arts Award

Bachelor of Arts, University of Waterloo

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