Hello, my name is Ms. Pinney. I have been working with children since 2008. I started my teaching career as a Registered Early Childhood Educator. I obtained my Early Childhood Educator diploma (honours) from Centennial College. I have worked with students in a variety of settings such as: schools, childcare centres, after-school programs, summer camps, and religious organizations. Throughout my teaching experience, I have demonstrated my desire to make a difference in the lives of students at the elementary, intermediate, and senior level. I believe in catering my pedagogy to meet the needs and interest of my students which allows them to achieve academic success. Moreover, I have a strong commitment to education, research-informed teaching, and ongoing professional learning and growth. I have proven this commitment both through my Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Humanities from York University, my Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, and through my graduate-level studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). In my master’s thesis, I explored the notion of integrating music across curricula in inner-city schools to help with student academic achievement, engagement, and motivation. I am an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) with a Master of Teaching Degree. Also, I have additional qualifications in special education and I have worked with students who have mental health, autism, ADHD, ADD, anxiety disorders, emotional and learning disabilities. My research focus is in urban education to help students succeed academically by finding ways to help teachers cater their pedagogy to meet their students' needs.