Board Of Directors
Kelsey Cummings has loved to dance since she was first introduced to ballet classes at the age of three. She is trained in many genres of dance, and is a certified acrobatics teacher with Acrobatic Arts as well as a flexibility specialist with Alixa Flexibility. Kelsey danced at several schools throughout London for fourteen years before she began teaching in 2012. The opportunity to share her love for dance with her students only solidified her passion for dance and commitment to teaching. In addition to working as a dance instructor, Kelsey has been involved in numerous dance projects in London including “The Broadway Musical Swing” “Seussical the Musical” and “The Most Epic Birthday Party”. She has choreographed various routines for students of all ages in several public schools in the Thames Valley District School Board. She is a certified teacher with the Ontario College of Ontario and teaches at the elementary school level. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Psychology, and French Language. Kelsey believes in the integration of the arts across the curriculum as a means to support learning for all students. She is thrilled to be a part of the Embodied Learnings team to help achieve this goal.
Norma McMillan holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical and Health Education from Laurentian University, Bachelor of Education from Western University and a Master’s Degree in Leadership Education from Western University. She’s been teaching for over 20 years and currently teaches Health and Physical Education to students at the elementary level for Thames Valley District School Board. She also teaches Curriculum and Pedagogy in Health and Physical Education at Althouse College, Faculty of Education, Western University in London, Ontario.Norma’s passions include hiking, her dog, relaxing, teaching, and generally anything to do with the outdoors. Her favourite places to visit are the waters edge (Caribbean-anywhere, the east and west coast, Georgian Bay), her parents home, and her birthplace in Scotland, UK. Norma loves animals and the peace and joy they bring to her life. She is happily married and the busy mother of three girls.
Throughout her career, Sharon Murdoch has been fortunate to work with various organizations that provide services she is genuinely passionate about supporting from a national mentoring program, educational consultancy, children’s mental health to natural health and wellness. Sharon is attracted to fostering initiatives that incorporate ethics of care, understanding and respect for the needs and well-being of others. She believes in promoting individuals and organizations that strive to enable others to reach their full potential. Sharon enjoys cooking, gardening, embracing nature, and practicing yoga, which has become a guiding focus for living her life with mindfulness and deep gratitude.
Samantha Murdoch-Rock is a Métis student currently training as a teacher candidate in the Waaban Indigenous Teacher Education program at York University in Toronto, Canada. She holds a bachelor degree in psychology, and has an extensive background in dance. Sam is passionate about creating learning spaces that are culturally relevant and believes that art and movement integration is key for supporting students. She is thrilled to be working for Embodied Learnings in research and development of Indigenous resources.
For the past 36 years, Nathalie Lauriault has had numerous opportunities to teach in many different settings; from the French Immersion program in the public system, to independent schools in Canada, England and France. Throughout her teaching career, she has maintained a high level of competency in current educational research. She is the co-author of the book Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding-Elementary (2017). Nathalie also facilitates workshops for the Making Sense of Learning Transfer Workshops series. She is an educator who is dedicated to hands-on, experience-based learning for nourishing creative and curious minds. She encourages a positive attitude to learning by engaging students in inquiries and developing their awareness of the process of learning so that they become lifelong learners. Nathalie lives in Guelph with her husband. In her spare time, Nathalie dances, bikes and practices Power Yoga.