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Gerry Connelly

Board Director

Former Director of the Toronto District School Board

Gerry Connelly is the Director of Policy and Knowledge Mobilization for The Learning Partnership and an adjunct professor at York University.


She is the former Director of Education of the Toronto District School Board and the Director of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch, in the Ontario Ministry of Education.


Gerry’s career includes teaching and administration in both rural and urban environments in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, the United States and Ontario, at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. She has also worked in South Africa, China and Estonia providing advice on inclusive schools, teaching and learning, curriculum development and second language learning.


Gerry is the recipient of many awards including the Distinguished Educator Award from OISE/University of Toronto, the Government of Ontario Teacher Dedication Award by the Royal Conservatory of Music, Learning Through the Arts, the Ontario Supervisory Officers provincial award for Leadership in Public Education. Several other awards have acknowledged her commitment to equity, and community engagement. These include the City of Toronto Bob Marley Award, the Fraser Mustard Award and the University of Toronto Arbor Award. She is the recipient of the Science Teacher of the Year Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Leader in Science. 

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