Usha Shanmugathasan

Usha graduated from the University of Toronto in 2006, receiving an Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in the areas of Women’s Studies and Equity Studies. The following year, she received her Bachelor of Education from OISE/UT specializing in the Primary/Junior divisions, and has since been working as a teacher for the Toronto District School Board. She is passionate about the early years with a focus on early years mathematics, S.T.E.A.M and coding. She strongly believes in innovation, research and capacity building in education. Usha was part of the original Faculty that opened Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy, the all-kindergarten school in the TDSB where she was the Lead Math Teacher. During her time at Fraser Mustard E.L.A. she shone a light on the importance of early years mathematics for educators, and families, and created innovative programs such as Math Studio and Expressive Arts. She delivers and facilitates professional development for educators across Ontario, and was on the Science Teachers Association of Ontario’s writing and presenting team for the Kindergarten S.T.E.A.M resource. She was also a former K-12 Learning Coach, LC1 for the Toronto District School Board. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education at OISE/UT in Educational Leadership and Policy with a focus on the Impact of Racial Microaggressions.