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New executive staff officer joins Professional Development program area

December 10, 2019 ATA News Staff


Danny Maas was appointed to the position of executive staff officer in the Professional Development program area by Provincial Executive Council at its October 2019 meeting. He assumed his new role on Dec. 2.

Maas brings to the Association extensive knowledge and experience in the area of educational technology, as well as exceptional skills in project management and program development. He began his 26-year career with Edmonton Catholic Schools, advancing to various technology-related leadership roles as well as a two-year secondment to Alberta Education. Since 2013 Maas has held the position of professional development manager, emerging technology, Learning Services–Innovation.

Maas has experience with the Alberta Teachers’ Association at both the provincial and local levels. At the provincial level, he has been an ATA Local No. 54 delegate at the Annual Representative Assembly, a long-standing executive member of its educational technology specialist council and participated in numerous Association events and conferences. At the local level he has been a member and chair of Local No. 54’s Professional Development Committee.

At the University of Alberta, Maas earned a BEd and masters of education in educational studies and leadership in educational technology. ❚

5 more things about Danny

Who or what inspired you to be a teacher?
My mom was an elementary teacher for 30 years in a small town in Alberta, and through growing up as a teacher’s son, I saw what a great opportunity this profession provided to help people. She continues to be a person who carries herself with positivity, and I’ve always tried to model myself after her in that way. Thanks, Mom!

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself in your first year as a teacher?
Trust in yourself that showing love and kindness to students as you build them up is key. Also, never stop learning while at the same time acknowledging your own strengths and talents.

What is the greatest life lesson teaching has taught you?
Always be a student of the game and seek improvement. Learning in any area of life gives you the tools, energy and confidence to take on life’s challenges!

Favourite song to put you in a good mood
Three Little Birds by Bob Marley

Favourite TV show
The Leftovers


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