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Hello from Ontario, Canada!

My work stems from my 30 years in public education as a teacher, consultant, and as a school-based and senior administrator where I learned daily from students, staff, parents, and colleagues. My doctoral work centred on principals’ understandings of the literac(ies) of Old Colony Mennonites – a minoritized culture that comprised about 85{a60182dc3cfee4831bcf1e703c0983d0062f0595d698a1d8355ac8cf6e3b6d8d} of my school population. As a literacies scholar, I am also fascinated by how people make meaning from non-text based sources (e.g. icons, signs, labels).  This interest has led me to study how Old Colony Mennonites shop when they are unfamiliar with written English, the stories told on cemetery stones, and what teachers display on their classroom walls.