Paul André Cyr 647-457-0513 Toronto & Ottawa, Canada

Hello, I’m André! As an accomplished educator with more than a decade of experience, I am a driven teacher and a passionate speaker on the subjects of learner motivation, critical and creative thought and educational technology. I research and write about subjects such as leadership, culture and trust. I aspire to contribute to the fields of EdTech and instructional design, and am continuously looking to use my extensive toolkit to build and contribute to innovative projects.

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Facilitation Specialist, Professional Learning

Let’s Talk Science Ottawa, Ontario — 2023-present
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Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir (CSC MonAvenir) Toronto, Ontario — 2011-2023
  • Pedagogy: developed project/inquiry-based initiatives within autonomy-centric classrooms and physical & health programs.
  • Representation: elected as representative for mathematics faculty lead, union, admin consultation, and parent council.
  • Extracurricular: managed community-driven initiatives such as school leadership team and swimming athletics program.
  • Administrative: assisted scheduling, database management, and annual budgeting for over 50 staff, 500 students and 4 000$.

School board representative

Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA) Toronto, Ontario — 2014-2017
  • Represented the school board during quarterly assemblies and workshops with provincial partners.
  • Consulted for media and promotional campaigns for health and physical education in Ontario.
  • Contributed formal content for paper and digital media publications.
  • Hosted webinars and live social media exchanges regarding inquiry-based learning and innovative pedagogical approaches.

Mentor & Coach, Administrator

Académie des étoiles sportives Ottawa, Ontario — 2004-2020
  • Coached for an annual bilingual summer sport camps for over 50 students at the middle, intermediate and high school levels.
  • Implemented and managed web branding, registration process and e-commerce platform for participant enrolment.
  • Coordinated camp activities and counselor schedule.
  • Mentored over 25 student counselors and volunteers.

School board representative

Ontario Educational Leadership Centre, Ministry of Education Toronto, Ontario — 2011-2016
  • Hosted leadership, coaching and team-building workshops as part of weekly summer leadership camps for francophone students aged 12 to 18.
  • Led discussion groups and feedback workshops to favour retention in francophone students aged 15 to 18 located in schools of various socioeconomic demographics.

Research & project consultant

Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario — 2012
  • Developed a web platform for sharing professional education resources as a continuity of a graduation project.
  • Reviewed user experience specifications and website user interface analysis. (UI/UX)
  • Completed user interface and interaction design usability testing sessions.

Assistant to the coordinator

Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario — 2009-2011
  • Acted as a liaison agent between prospective students and Faculty programs & services.
  • Communicated with clients through CRM, email, telephone, chat, and social media interactions.
  • Presented during 10+ events and elaborated promotional materials.
  • Contributed to web design, information architecture, and multimedia creation.

Aptitudes & skills

Layout & UI design

I create editorial layouts and user-interface designs for digital and print documents using Sketch, OmniGraffle, InDesign, and Affinity Publisher.

Image & vector editing

I create and edit bitmap and vector graphics—for photography, web and social media—using Photoshop, Sketch, and Affinity Photo & Designer.

Type & colour theory

I create branding style guides and press kits containing typographic pairings, graphic sizing and spacing, and harmonious colour palettes for print and digital designs.

Presentation and deck building

I develop & deliver formal presentations marked by a dynamic and conversational style promoting audience engagement using Keynote, PowerPoint and Mentimeter with interactive and animated elements.

Project management

I structure, document and manage projects using Agile methodologies—Scrum and Kanban—including Gantt charts. I have designed a modified GTD task and project management method for personal projects.

Instructional design

I prepare & present instructional workshops with Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline, together with interactive learning materials, audio-visual components and action-oriented modules.

EdTech & AI integration

I integrate artificial intelligence and learning management systems (LMS) tech as partners in learning environments ranging from K-12 classrooms to post-secondary and corporate training programs.

Audio & sound production

I edit audio files in post-production using Logic Pro, creating projects such as podcast episodes and MIDI tracks and effects. I can calibrate microphones, mixers and equalizers, and analog/digital instruments.

Video production

I edit video files in post-production using Final Cut and DaVinci Resolve to create various video projects such as educational tutorials, slideshows, and vlog episodes.

Web server management

I manage and mostly understand a Linux VPS server with active websites and mail accounts, including MySQL databases, A and CNAME records, and Google Apps domain management.

Database & scheduling

I create and analyze dynamic information databases using Excel, including the use of advanced formulas (COUNTIF, SUMIF and VLOOKUP), filtered views and conditional formatting.

Workflow & typing

I consistently type an average of 90+ words per minute, and have devised an efficient personal workflows centred around custom MacOS and Windows keyboard shortcuts, mouse and trackpad gestures.

Education, certifications & awards

Bachelor of Science, Honors (B. Sc.)

University of Ottawa, Canada Graduated cum laude, 2010

Bachelor of education (B. Ed.)

University of Ottawa, Canada Graduated cum laude, 2010

Award : Prix Inspiration

CSC MonAvenir, 2014
“For innovative initiatives that encourage the engagement of students, the development of their leadership, and their sentiment of fraternity.”

Teaching qualifications

Intermediate and Senior Divisions, Biology Intermediate and Senior Divisions, Health and Physical Education Junior Division, all curricular disciplines

A little more about me

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In a paragraph or two

We’ve all heard someone refer to themselves as a big personality; I’m truthfully closer to a moderate. Strong-willed and neighbourly, yet a bit of an introvert: particular about what I like, a little hard-headed…
I grew up in Ottawa to kind and patient parents with a brother and many dogs (probably because we’re allergic to cats). I lived and worked in Toronto for a long time, and am now back home to be closer to our growing family.

My type of things

A lazy-rhyming list of the sort of things I like:
- black coffee - the colour navy - punctuation & typography - all types of whiskey - raspberries & blackberries - television drama series - podcast stories - NBA fantasy teams - RSS news feeds - indie rock LPs that sort of thing.


Short stories that can get us talking.
I can—and do—hold in most of my sneezes. Great for stealth/not waking up my new baby.
I’m fluent in the NATO radio phonetic alphabet and was once pretty good in deciphering binary characters.
I saved my friend’s little sister from a major snowshoeing accident.
I successfully directed a recreation of the first season of Stranger Things—as a play. To celebrate Christmas. The next year, we did Snowboarding New York City from Casey Neistat.
I came close to falling off the edge of the CN tower.
I believe that garden shears are one of the best tools for cutting open running shoe midsoles.
I walked away almost entirely unscathed after being hit by a car.