22-26 April 2019
New Delhi, India
Europe/Zurich timezone

Trainers

Marie-France Labelle 

Marie-France Labelle, originally from Canada, is currently the STEM Director and Technology for Learning Coordinator at the International School of Geneva (La Grande Boissière), in Switzerland. She holds a BSc. (Biochemistry), a BEd. and a Masters degree in International Education and Research. Her main role is to work with secondary school teachers to offer students 21st century learning experiences that break traditional boundaries of theoretical, topic-based and single subject learning, allowing for the development of critical thinking, higher order creativity, interdisciplinary skills transfer, information literacy and project-based learning. Marie-France has also held other roles in education such as Principal, School Administrator, Deputy Head, IB DP & MYP Coordinator, Head of Science and of Special Education in Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, Czech Republic and Switzerland. As well as being a passionate leader, she has taught general Sciences, IB DP Biology and Theory of Knowledge, IGCSE Chemistry and Physics. Finally, she continues her work with the IB (since 2006) as DP visiting team member, workshop leader for DP Coordination and CAS. 

Jeff Wiener

Jeff Wiener is a staff scientist, managing CERN’s national and international teacher training programmes. He completed his PhD in physics education research in cooperation with the University of Vienna through the Austrian Doctorate Programme at CERN. His doctoral research was focused on how to appropriately introduce elementary particle physics in early physics education. Before joining CERN, Jeff worked as a high school physics, philosophy, and psychology teacher in Vienna, Austria. Aside from his postdoctoral research projects and the coordination of CERN’s Teacher Programmes he is also heavily engaged in CERN’s S’Cool LAB. In addition, Jeff is a highly active conférencier and guide, who has introduced thousands of students and teachers to the fascinating world of high energy physics.

Maxime Miraillet

Following a BA(Hons) in Media Art and work with television networks, Mr. Miraillet started his business in digital design services, with a focus on cutting-edge technologies such as aerial filming with drones. Mr. Miraillet was initially approached by Ecolint to teach film and drone piloting to autistic children, as an alternative to classroom lessons. Following promising results, the courses were extended to children with a variety of learning difficulties. Fascinated with robotics since an early age, and with valuable knowledge of new technologies such as 3D printers and Virtual Reality, he assisted with the creation of Ecolint's STEM Center in Geneva. Now a STEM Project Leader for two years, Mr. Miraillet has used his passion and technical abilities to awaken students' curiosity through "making" things. Combining a variety of academic disciplines, such as maths and physics, and with the use of modern and traditional tools, he guides students through all the creative processes necessary to bring their projects to life.

Amanda Linden

Amanda Linden is an American born teacher with a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) in Theatre and Speech Communications. She has been with the International School of Geneva for four years as a theatre teacher, mentor and LAMDA coordinator. Before Ecolint she worked for Opera Theatre of St. Louis in the costume department, a scenic artist for TENT Repertory Theatre, and as a drama coach and LAMDA coordinator at Simply Theatre in Versoix, Switzerland. She believes that the arts aren't just for artists, but have place in everyone's life; the skills are universal.

Stephen Burke 

Stephen is a UK citizen who has had experience teaching in secondary schools in the UK, the Middle East and for the last 23 years, in Switzerland. He has also been involved in adult education programmes liaising with industry and, recently, with the international PGCE at the ISG. His present role is as full time teacher of Science, Physics and Theory of Knowledge (IB diploma programme). Previous duties include IB DP coordinator and Assistant Principal.

Estefania Medina 

Estefania Medina Martinez, originally from Spain, holds a Bachelor of Science in Education specialised in Education and Training, and a Master’s in Special Needs Education. She worked for 5 years in mainstream public schools and is currently in her 3rd year as a Learning Support Teacher at the International School of Geneva, in the secondary school. She is also a Mentor of 16 students aged 14-15 years and is working closely with the STEM Center in order to promote technology as a tool that facilitates education and enables students to overcome their learning difficulties. Estefania strongly believes in the power of creating positive Cultures of Thinking within a classroom and differentiated teaching.

Rajesh Majumdar

Rajesh Majumdar is Head of Science at The Doon School, Dehradun. He has taught Physics and Astronomy to students primarily in the premiere residential schools of India for the last 25 years. A Fulbright Scholar with International Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Institute of Education, University College London Rajesh has always believed that teachers must work to provide equal access to education to realize Swamy Vivekanand’s dream of taking education to the poor if they can’t come for it.

Niharika Kulshrestha

Ms Niharika Kulshresth has 25 years of experience of teaching Physics. She has a Master's degree in Physics from Delhi University and in Education but her biggest and a ‘dream come true achievement’ was securing the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship (2011-12). This offered her the chance to teach in an American school for a period of five months. She attended the three weeks’ High School Teacher programme with CERN in 2017. In 2012 she participated in NWUPT at IIT, Kanpur. She is a certified Career coach and she is currently the Physics Faculty and House Master of Kanerkhed House at the prestigious Scindia School.