Notable Alumni

Tim Rudan

Tim Rudan (2000)

Toronto Canada
Course Director, Site Manager and Practicum Supervisor at York University's Faculty of Education in Toronto, Ontario

I was a former investment banker for 10 years before coming to NU to earn my teaching certification. When banking burned me out, I discovered a love of teaching when I worked for two years in Turkey, India and Malaysia. I returned to Canada and, despite the low Canadian dollar exchange rate at the time, I chose to go stateside due to the compelling references from the M.S.Ed. program.

Upon graduation, I was quickly hired by the Toronto District School Board at Weston Collegiate Institute where I taught French, law and history for 10 years. Weston is a Toronto suburb located in the second poorest electorate jurisdiction in Ontario: our school has over 80 cultures represented and 76 different languages spoken.

My current position is a three-year secondment at York University, the third largest university in Canada with over 60,000 students. The faculty of education is the second largest in Ontario with a strong focus on equity and inclusion, and social justice.

I feel lucky that I have maintained a strong connection with some of my NU professors, notably Dr. Paul Vermette, who have helped me teach and explore a new facet of education. Futhermore, my connection with NU has helped me develop a complex American network of fellow educators through the annual Constructivist Teaching Conference at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York.

I have completed my principal qualifications and co-chair research for the University of Toronto's chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International, which is devoted to the promotion of educational research, development of teacher professional development and new teacher mentorship. However, I imagine my future lies in the classroom and working with inner city youth. They never fail to inspire.