Amy Lin

Education is hard work, not play, and its rewards are a seriously

informed, wide ranging attitude towards real life, and the beginning of a

great adventure. – Robertson Davies


PhD Candidate, Joint PhD Program, Cognition and Learning

2014    Supervisory Officer Qualification Program, Ontario Principals Council

2013    PQP Part 2, Ontario Principals Council

2012    PQP Part 1, Ontario Principals Council

2010   Junior Basic Qualification, OISE-UT, Honours

2002   Honour Specialist Mathematics, Honours, Queen’s University

2000   Bachelor of Education, Intermediate/Senior, Math/Science, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

P.A. Petrie Huron County Award – top Mathematics and Science candidate

1987    Masters of Science, Dean’s List, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto

1984   Bachelor of Applied Science, Chemical Engineering, Dean’s List, University of Toronto

1994    McMaster University and University of Western Ontario

Graduate Studies in Materials Science, Engineering Physics and Chemistry



OMCA Award 2012 for Excellence and Innovation in Mathematics Education

Ministry of Education, Provincial Math Lead, K-12

  • Resource development, knowledge mobilization, project management
  • support for London West and London East, Sudbury and North Bay Regions

TEDx Talks Speaker:   TEDx Sixteen Mile Creek, Oakville, Ontario – “Teaching Math-ish-ly” 

Haiti Digital Technology Project – Research Associate, Haiti

Featured Speaker, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference, Las Vegas, “A Visual Approach to Teaching Mathematics”.

OAME Chapters –  Keynote Speaker at Regional Conferences – QSLMA (Queen’s U. Kingston, ON), NOMA (Nipissing U. North Bay, ON)

Ministry of Education Math Working Group K-12 

Leadership Video Series team – Leadership in Mathematics 

President, Learning Forward Ontario, 2009 – present

President, Ontario Mathematics Coordinators Association, (OMCA) Executive, 2008 – 2012

National Council of Supervisors in Mathematics (NCSM), Ontario Representative, 2011-2013

Ontario Association of Mathematics Educators (OAME) CHAMP Executive, 2012- 2013

OAME 2014 Program Committee – 2012- 2014

OAME Ignite 2014 – Organizer and Speaker 

Professional Learning Math Series for School and System Leaders – Thunder Bay and Toronto, 2012 – A 3-part series for administrators, board leads and coaches on building effective instructional practices and strengthening the leadership in mathematics.

Gap Closing Research Projects- Junior/Intermediate, Senior/Intermediate

Pilot Boards, English Language Learners, Students with learning disabilities, Aboriginal students

Project Lead of Writing Team, WINS – Winning Instructional Navigation Supports  (K-8)

Project Lead and Researcher, Applied Math Strategy, Toronto District School Board

Project Lead and Coach, Transitions Project, Grades 7-9, Hamilton Wentworth Catholic DSB

Project Lead and Coach, Transitions Project, Grades 7-10, Sudbury Catholic DSB

Researcher and Facilitator, Junior Intervention Math Initiative, Toronto DSB, Sudbury Catholic DSB, Waterloo Catholic DSB, Catholic DSB of Eastern Ontario

Plenary Speaker, Math CAMPPP (Collaborative Actions for Mathematical Professional Learning, Precision, Personalization), Proportional Reasoning and Algebraic Thinking – inquiry into effective instruction and assessment strategies for differentiating responses to students’ mathematical thinking, August 2011, Kempenfelt Bay Conference Centre and Nottawasaga Inn.

Equity Speaker, OAME Annual Conference, 2011, Windsor, Ontario

RTI (Response to Intervention) Session Speaker, ASCD Annual Conference, San Francisco, 2011

Project Leader, Literacy GAINS Initiative, Question Structure and Response (Learning Structures – Agenda Structure and Periodic Table of Learning) with Mike Hardt,  Syracuse University.

Poster Session, Effective Questioning, 2010 Ontario Education Research Symposium, Toronto, Ontario

Halton District School Board System Leader – Portfolio included Numeracy Team, EQAO, PLAR, Transitions Math, Math Coaches, Math/Science Leaders, Elem. Summer School, GLS/Math program, Research Advisory Council, Differentiation Learning Planning, Family of Schools planning committee, Gifted Programming Steering Committee, Teacher Inquiry projects, New Teacher Induction Program and support in teaching and learning mathematics for elementary and secondary schools.

EQAO – Item Writing Committee, Grade 9 Mathematics, 2006 – 2008 

PISA Framework Committee, 2010

Connecting Research to Practice Advisory Panel, Ministry of Education

Math GAINS (Growing Accessible Interactive Networked Supports) Steering Committee,

Ministry of Education of Ontario, 2008-2009

College Math Project Steering Committee, 2008-2012

Founder and Chair, Halton Peel Regional Data Fair, 2003 – 2009

Connecting Practice and Research Regional Team, Mathematical Processes, Ministry of Education of Ontario, 2006 – 2008

Workshop Presenter and Guest Lecturer at OAME, NCTM. NCSM, ASCD, Learning Forward, Ontario Research Teachers Teaching Technology, OISE-UT, York U, and Charles Sturt University

Oakville Trafalgar High School, Leadership Team, 2002-2005

Online Math and Science Course Reviewer,  Ministry of Education, 2004

Team Leader, Clarica Scholars Program at Acadia University, August 200



OTF/OTIP Ontario Teaching Award – 2004 

2013 – present     Math Teacher and Math Coach, Craig Kielburger SS, Halton District School Board

2013 – present    Director/Owner,  Blue Skies Teaching and Learning, Burlington, ON, Not-for-profit Social Enterprise, Global Education

2013                     Teacher, Blyth Summer Academy (Hawaii, USA)

2009 – 2013       K-12 Provincial Math Lead, Curriculum Assessment and Policy Branch,  Ontario Ministry of Education

2005 – 2010        Curriculum Consultant K-12, School Programs Department, Halton District School Board.

2002 – 2005       Department Head, Pure and Applied Science (Mathematics and Science)  Oakville Trafalgar HS, Halton DSB

2004 – 2007        Online Instructor, Intermediate Mathematics ABQ, Continuing Teacher Education, Queen’s University

2001-2002          Math and Science Teacher, Nelson HS, Halton District School Board.

2000                    Teaching Faculty, Int/Sen Math, Physics, Music, Appleby College, Oakville, Ontario

1997-1998           Education Centre Program Manager and Teacher, Dayton Museum of Discovery, Dayton, Ohio

1985-1987          Professor, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Toronto, Ontario



  • Co-author and Illustrator, Eyes on Math:  A Visual Approach to Teaching Mathematics, Teachers College Press, 2012
  • Co-author, Leaps and Bounds, Grades 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8.  Student Books and Facilitator Guides,  Nelson Education, 2011
  • Co-author with Dr. Marian Small, More Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction, Teachers College Press, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2010
  • Co-author with Dr. Marian Small, Big Ideas from Dr. Small, Nelson Education, 2010
  • Author, Digital Paper,  Learning Through Effective Questioning,
  • Developer of online course:  Intermediate Mathematics ABQ Course, Queen’s University
  • Author, Mathematical Minds, Pearson Education5
  • Project Lead and Lead Writer,  TIPS4RM, Grade 7 to12, Ministry of Education
  • Author and Consultant for math textbooks and resources, Pearson Education
  • Developer, CLIPS (interactive web-based lessons) , MInistry of Education
  • Lead Writer, Differentiated Instruction T/L Examples, Mathematics, Grades 7-10, Ministry of Education
  • Revised Mathematics Curriculum writing team, Grades 9 -12, Ministry of Education
  • Developer, online Advanced Placement Calculus course, Halton District School Board
  • Course Profile Writing Team, Grade 11 Functions and Relations, Ministry of Education
  • Geometer’s Sketchpad Summit, Developer


1990-2006  Suzuki Violin Teacher

1990-1994  Research Scientist, Surface Science Western, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. Responsible for the training and supervision of graduate students, and intern student engineers and solved surface-related problems for clients in the automotive, communications, energy, health and consumer goods sectors using a variety of surface analysis techniques

1987-1990  Advanced Research Engineer. Corporate Research and Development Lab, 3M Canada Inc., London, Ont.. Project leader for the development of novel, patented dental restorative materials. The 1990 3M Genesis Award recipient – an international competitive grant awarded to researchers to foster technological breakthroughs


Violin, cello, reading, tennis

2014 – Concertmaster, Pit Orchestra, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, BCI, Brantford, Ontario

2013 – Violinist, Pit Crew, Pajama Game, Shooting Star Theatrics, Hamilton, Ontario

2012 – Violinist, Pit Crew, Hairspray, Theatre Ancaster, Ancaster, Ontario

2012 – Violinist, Pit Crew, Annie Get Your Gun, Shooting Star Theatrics, Hamilton Ontario

2007-2012 Oakville Speed Skating Club – Chief Timer and Placement Judge (Official Level 1)

2008-2012 Burlington Bayhawks Boys Rep A Soccer Team – Team Manager

2002-2005 Burlington Chess for Kids Canadian Chess and Math Association Monthly Chess Tournaments , Tournament Manager

1996-1998 Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Violin I, Springfield, Ohio

1990-1996 Symphony Hamilton, Violin 1, Hamilton, Ontario

McMaster Chamber Orchestra, Violin I, Hamilton, Ontario

1988-1994 Group Committee Chairperson, Scouts Canada, 93rd Group, London, Ontario

1987-1992 Technical and Management Advisor, Junior Achievement, London, Ontario


Ontario College of Teachers

Ontario Mathematics Coordinators Association (OMCA)

Ontario Association of Mathematics Educators (OAME)

National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM),

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Learning Forward

Learning Forward Ontario