Devon Caldwell is a kindergarten teacher at Oak Lake Community School in Manitoba, Canada. In September 2017, she began doctoral studies in curriculum and instruction (early childhood education) at University of Victoria. Devon is passionate about infusing technology to foster collaboration, inclusion, and innovation among students, teachers, and their local and global communities. In 2009, she graduated from Brandon University with a Master of Education degree in special education. Devon participated in both the 2008 and 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forums, and her collaborative project with colleague Leah Obach won first runner up in Extended Learning Beyond the Classroom (2012). In 2014, she attended Microsoft Education Global Forum in Spain, and her Learn-a-thon team received first place in the gender equality category with the project, A New Toy Story. Honours include designation as a Microsoft Innovative Expert Fellow, Canadian Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Early Years Teaching Excellence Award from her school division, and ManACE Educator of the Year Award. Recently, Devon worked with a provincial team to revitalize the kindergarten support document, A Time for Learning, A Time for Joy.
Devon is an enthusiastic contributor to online professional learning communities and loves mentoring educators and pre-service teachers. This has led to instructing at Brandon University’s Faculty of Education on a part-time basis.
Devon is also a certified hatha yoga teacher who immersed herself in a 200-hour registered yoga teacher training in September 2015. She completed a month-long intensive course in Transformational Hatha Yoga, studying under Michelle Kaminski and Marita Mittag. In 2017, Devon completed a 60-hour yin yoga teacher training with Monica Angelatos in Winnipeg and a 20-hour restorative training with Jules Payne and Jennifer Piercy in Victoria. She shares her passion for yoga by teaching classes in Kenton, Elkhorn, Virden, and The Zen Zone in Brandon.
Devon is a frequent presenter at conferences on the following topics:
- play-based learning topics (including literacy, numeracy, and fine motor development through play)
- project/inquiry-based learning
- technology infusion in early years
- yoga and wellness practices for healthy schools, children, and staff members