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I began my teaching career in Vancouver in 1997. I taught in two schools, gaining experience with the Advanced Placement program and a long-standing Gifted & Talented program. In 2001, I took a leave of absence and moved to Manitoba to complete a Master’s degree in education in curriculum and instruction with a focus on language and literacy at the University of Manitoba. In addition to my M.Ed, I hold a B.A. in English Literature and a B.Ed in Secondary teaching from the University of British Columbia.
I was offered a job at Kelvin in September of 2001 – two blocks of Math 9! It may seem odd that I accepted, but I began university with the intent of pursuing a degree in Mathematics and then a career as an Actuary. The uncertainties of Literature became more interesting to me than the uncertainties of statistics and insurance.
At Kelvin, I have been teaching IB Theory of Knowledge since 2003, IB English since 2004 and, for one year, IB Economics. I have been Department Head of English at Kelvin since 2006, and I became an IB Examiner in 2011.
Outside of finding delight in Mathematics, Literature and teaching, I enjoy playing racquet sports, getting behind the wheel to explore a well-known or an unknown road and, finally, spending time with a few people who have enriched and transformed my life.
Mr. Martens has taught IB music since 2000 and Theory of Knowledge since 2006. Obtaining a B.Mus. and a B.Ed. from the University of Manitoba in 1998, Mr. Martens is an avid reader of history and philosophy. He has also spent 16 years as a reservist with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, gaining experience as musician and course instructor. In his down time, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing table-top role playing games with his friends.