About This Fool

DSC01946My name is Shawn Rocheleau. My friends call me Shawn. My mother often uses my full name. My students call me Roche.

I am, first and foremost, an educator.

I was Subject Head of Drama at Middlefield Collegiate Institute in Markham, Ontario between 2010 and 2016. I have been a classroom teacher since 2003.

I was also the Co-chair of the York Region District School Board Drama Heads group.

I have been the Central-West Regional Rep, Publications Rep, 2016 Conference Co-Chair and Communications Rep for the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators.

I am a Teacher Mentor, Associate Teacher and have delivered workshops in Teaching Shakespeare and Digital Literacy for the YRDSB.

I am a director and host, as well as a student alumni, of the Sears Ontario Drama Festival.

I recently completed by studies at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute. I was conferred Master of Arts in Shakespeare and Education.

I have a Bachelor of Arts – Honours from the University of Windsor’s School of Dramatic Art in Drama in Education.

I received my Honour Specialist in Drama designation through OISE / University of Toronto at the Stratford Festival of Canada. I have also participated twice in the Teaching Shakespeare School at Stratford.

I have a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa and am qualified by the Ontario College of Teachers to teach Drama and English at the Intermediate and Senior levels.

Prior to teaching, I worked for Katimavik, Canada’s National Youth Service Organization, as Assistant Regional Director for Ontario, responsible for Community Development, Participant Recruitment and Alumni Relations.

I have also worked for the YMCA, Generation 2000, Summer Work – Student Exchange, the National Capital Commission’s Discover the Hill program.

I had the opportunity to take a year off to travel in 2011-12, and I blogged about my travels. Feel free to visit RockyontheRoad.wordpress.com.

I am originally from Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and have lived in Windsor, Ottawa, Moosonee, Aurora, and Toronto, where I currently reside with my cat, Ziggy and my dog, Monty.

Hi, I’m Shawn. I love Shakespeare.

I read my first Shakespearean play – Taming of the Shrew – when I was in Grade 6. I didn’t get it, but I really liked it. I am pretty sure I was the only kid in my High School English classes who liked Shakespeare – especially after Mr. Maclean read us Romeo and Juliet in monotone. I saw my first live Shakespearean play in Grade 12 and I haven’t looked back.

As an educator (I teach Drama and I used to teach English) I truly believe in the importance of Shakespeare. There are detractors who believe that Shakespeare is archaic, boring, pointless and unimportant in today’s society. I’ve made it my mission to show them that none of that is true.

I started working on my MA in Shakespeare in Education in September 2013, at the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham in England. I  did this Part-time Distance, and completed my degree in the spring of 2016. It was a program I had been considering for some time, but never enrolled in for a variety of reasons. It wasn’t until I was in Porto in 2012, reading Measure for Measureto prepare to see it in Portuguese, that I decided that the time was right.

I started this blog as a way to chronicle my studies, but after my second yea started, I realised this was more than I could realistically handle — hence the two -year gap in posting between 2014 and 2016. But now I am done, and I hope to use this blog as a way of sharing my thoughts on Shakespeare in today’s world, and my experiences in Shakespeareana and Shakespearean pedagogy.

Thanks for coming along.