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Adriana has expertise in educational leadership, business education curriculum development and program implementat  initiatives, and entreprenneurial education. Exhibits good teaching, interpersonal, administrative, communication, and public relations skills. Speaks English and Dutch fluently and has a basic knowledge of French. Enjoys teaching, organizing and coordinating projects, and working with local, provincial and federal organizations.


1991 Ed.D. Doctor of Education: Leadership, University of San Diego, CA
                 Dissertation Topic: Ethnic Inclusion Strategies for the WorldAffairs
               Councilof San Diego: A Case Study.

1984 M.Ed. Master of Education: School Administration and Curriculum Instruction,
                  University of British Columbia. Unpublished Thesis:  Educational Change
                 --An Innovation

1978 B.Ed. Bachelor of Education: Physical Education and Business Education
                  Secondary Teacher, University of British Columbia


Sept. 1997 - Present: University of British Columbia, Faculty Associate, Business Education, Curriculum Studies Department; as a seconded teacher from the Richmond School District, I teach the following courses: Principles of Teaching (POT 311), Curriculum and Instruction in Keyboarding and Computer Applications (BUED 401) and Curriculum and Instruction in Business Education (BUED 314) and Office Systems (BUED 374).

Sept. 1996 - June 1997: Cambie Secondary School; Business Education Teacher and Business Education District Coordinator
Taught Business Management 12, Marketing 12, Data Processing 11, Information Management 11 and 12, Keyboarding 9 and 11, Applied Skills Keyboarding 11 and Social Studies 9. Sponsored a student operated small business in collaboration with Junior Achievement of British Columbia

1995 - 1996: Richmond Secondary School; Business Education department head, teacher, beginning teachers/mentorship coordinator, and teacher sponsor for student teachers completing their teaching practicums and Business Education district coordinator.

1979 - Present: Richmond School District; Teacher
As an educator, I have specialized in teaching Business Education courses: Financial Accounting 12, Marketing 11 and 12, Business Management 12, Computer Studies 10, Data Processing 11, Information Management 11 and 12, Personal Recordkeeping 9, Consumer Fundamentals 10, Keyboarding 9/10, and Consumer Education 9/10 and 12. Competent using Macintosh and PC computers and a variety of software programs. Coordinated professional staff development activities, sponsored school athletic teams and organized educational cruises to the Mediterranean and exchange trips to Newfoundland, Quebec, and Ontario for students. Founded Steveston Stock Market Club and J. N. Burnett Co-op Trainee Program.

1987 - 1988: Marian Regional Secondary School, Burnaby, Principal (Catholic Public Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese, BC).  Responsible for 25 staff members, 350 students and its community. Guided staff through a school accreditation process, coordinated major school functions, prepared procedural guidelines for school committees, parents, teachers and students and completed teacher evaluations. Focused on staff development, enhancing the schools' culture, and increasing community involvement.

1981 - 1984: Ministry of Education, Skills and Training, Curriculum Branch, Victoria, BC; Curriculum Coordinator, Consumer Education 9/10 & 12.
Extensive experience in designing, pilot-testing, implementing and evaluating curriculum, and developing teacher/student resource materials (i.e. curriculum guides, media and teaching manuals) and facilitating in-service training programs for teachers. Directed steering and advisory committees, and traveled the province extensively to make presentations to district staff, community organizations and parent groups. Assisted with the design, development, editing and publishing of two student textbooks: Economic Decisions for Canadian Consumer, Wadsworth (1984) and Looking at the Consumer, Gage (1982).


Projects: 1997-2002 University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
          2002: Laptop Wireless Computers--A pilot-study at Templeton Secondary School, Vancouver School District
          2001: Keyboard Wizard 2.0 Elmentary Keyboarding--An investigation of the effectiveness of the VTECH Keyboard Wizard 2.0 in the Richmond School District.
          2000: Business Education in British Columbia-Teaching with Technology

1989--1991 World Affairs Council of San Diego, CA; Research Coordinator
Exhibited skills in leadership, project management, and international relations. Facilitated an ethnic outreach inclusion project funded by a $60,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, U.S.A. and used quantitative, qualitative, interview, and survey research methods. Sensitive to working with diverse ethnic cultures, specifically African-American, Hispanic, Filipino, and American-Indians.


1995 - 2001: President, British Columbia Business Education Teachers Association (BCBEA), Conference speaker at local, national, and international venues, liaison with the Business Council of British Columbia and Junior Achievement of British Columbia to promote the building of partnerships between business and education and an active member of the Business Education 8-10 Curriculum Writing Team, Ministry of Education

1996 - Present: Haro Park Centre Senior Care Facility; Member of the Board of Directors--responsibility is to oversee the senior housing and continuing care services. by Haro Park in Vancouverís West End.

1995 - 1998: Richmond Tourism; Director

June 1989 to July 1991: International Visitors Information Center, San Diego CA; Front Line Employee.


2000 - Recognition for coordinating the WBITE/BCBEA Conference: Building Global Connections: Business, Technology, and Economics

1999 - Learning Partnership of British Columbia Award (Post-Secondary Category): Keyboard Wizard 2.0

1999 - Learning Partnership of British Columbia Award (Secondary Schools Category): Honorable Mention for Money Encounters Program

1997- Outstanding Business Educator High School Programs presented by Junior Achievement of British Columbia

1990 - World Affairs Council of San Diego International Internship Award

1988 - Principalship Acknowledgment Award, Catholic Principals Society, Vancouver Archdiocese Administrators Association Award  (C.P.S.V.A.A.A.)


June 2002 - BCTF/Ministry of Education -- provincial learning resource evaluator for Business Education 8 - 12

1998 - 2000 BCBEA/WBITE Conference Director, February 17-20, 2000: "Building Global Connections: Technology, Business, and Economics"

1998 - 1999 UBC Secondary Teacher Education Program Committee

1995 - 1996 Richmond Technology Planning Committee

1993 - 1994 Excellence Series, Context Associated, Vancouver

1993 - 1994 Richmond District Consultative Committee on Curriculum


BCBEA British Columbia Business Education Association, President, (1995-2001)

WBEA/NBEA Western Business Education Association Board Member (1995-2001) and National Business Education Association

AERA American Educational Research Association

NASSP National Association of Secondary School Principals

SIEC/ISBE Societe Internationale pour L'Enseignement Commercial: Canadian Chapter President (1989-91); Secretary/Treasurer (1983/84, 1984/85, 1987/88)


Elementary Keyboarding: an investigation of the effectiveness of the VTECH Keyboard Wizard 2.0. (2002, February). Paper presented at the Western Business Information Technology Educator's Conference, San Francisco, California.

Elementary Keyboarding: an investigation of the effectiveness of the VTECH Keyboard Wizard 2.0. (2001, November). Paper presented at the Delta Pi Epsilon Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

Technology in British Columbia Schools. (2000, November). Signature. B.C. Business Education Association (40, No. 2) pp. 14-19.

Business Education in British Columbia-Teaching with Technology (2000, February). Paper presented at the Western Business Information Technology and British Columbia Business Education Conference, Vancouver, BC.

The Miseducation of Kit Keiger. (1999, April). [Letter to the Editor]. BC Business, pp.10, 12.

Keyboard Wizard - A Causal Comparative Study. (1999, February). Research proposal presented at "Teachers Researching Technology: A Research Exchange" co-sponsored by the Research and Technology Division of the BC Teachersí Federation and UBC Faculty of Education.

Westrom, M. & A. Zylmans. (1999) Keyboard Wizard 2.0 (VTECH) and Student Keyboarding Course Book.

Restructuring schools: the impact on school culture and the needs of teachers. (1996). Report presented to Secondary Planning Consultative Committee, Richmond School District.

Restructuring schools: the demise of Business Education. (1996). Report presented to Secondary Planning Consultative Committee, Richmond School District.

Business Education -- Which way is it going! (1996). Report presented at the Western Business Education Association Annual Executive Board Meeting in Hawaii.

Leadership in Business Education for the next millennium; it's a process! (1990). Revue Societe Internationale pour l'Enseignement Commercial, Denmark, pp. 31-33.

Salzburg Conference Review. (1988, August). Summary of annual conference of ISBE/SIEC in Salzburg, Austria.

"Consumer Education: Course development, resource materials and pedagogy." (1981, 1984, April). Presentation at the British Columbia Business Educators' Association Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Consumer Education in British Columbia. (1983, July). Paper presented at the annual conference of ISBE in Bern, Switzerland.

"Consumer Education: Course development, resource materials and pedagogy." (1983, March). Presentation at the California Business Education Association, San Jose, CA.