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Class of 2030 Leader, Assistant Professor, Gonzaga University
Dr. Catherine Zeisner is a proud Canadian scholar practitioner who believes the best in education is right around the corner. As an assistant professor at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, Catherine teaches both Masters and Doctoral students, recently had a chapter published in The Reader Leader (2018), and teaches online Masters and Doctoral students at Western University in London, Ontario where she won the 2017 and 2018 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Catherine believes in the power of resiliency and positivity as demonstrated with her conquer over cancer in 2011, completing 3 Chicago Marathons, and a successful 25 year marriage.
Having taught French, Phys-ed, multiple grade levels and special education, Catherine believes all students can learn and all teachers can thrive in our very diverse educational settings. As an ADHD program teacher, vice-principal, and principal, Catherine proved that relationships are the key to school success by bridging the gaps between what’s needed and what’s possible. “Anything is possible if you have the right people, in the right room, at the right time, focusing on the right things.”
Dr. Zeisner has a very simple message for educators around the world…PUSH UP! Not the tough exercise kind of push up but the kind of behaviour that respectfully challenges the status quo, engages a wide community, and gets others to think differently. The kind of different that provides success for students’ tomorrow, today!