Chad Reay is an administrator with the Upper Grand District School Board in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. His career in education began 15 years ago with teaching qualifications from Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. Chad started as a Child and Youth Worker in a custody facility working with at-risk students. Since then he has worked as a classroom teacher with students from Kindergarten to Grade 8.
Chad has been an elementary Curriculum Leader supporting educators as an instructional coach in the areas of Equity and Inclusion, FNMI, Student Success, Science and Technology, and English as a Second Language. He also had the opportunity to work with the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, to write and design cross-curricular math and science units for grades 5 to 8. Working with the Ministry of Education as a Student Work–Study Teacher, Chad has done grassroots research in numeracy and literacy by working alongside students to help them identify gaps and suggesting strategies to close those gaps. From all these experiences, he has developed his philosophy that failure is just another form of fertilizer that helps us grow and learn.