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Lina D'Ettorre

Lina D'Ettorre graduated from Carleton University with a Combined Honours Degree in French and Psychology. She attended the University of Ottawa to obtain a Bachelor of Education. Lina completed the first two levels of Visual Arts AQ through Western University.

Lina D'Ettorre has been teaching in the Ottawa Catholic School Board for the past 16 years. In these 16 years of teaching, Lina has demonstrated a passion for the Arts and Literature by sharing ideas with colleagues throughout the board. For 2 years, she had the privilege of being the Arts Specialist at St. Elizabeth Catholic School teaching the Arts to over 350 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. Over her teaching career, Lina has taught the Arts to all elementary grades. She applied for and received ArtsSmarts grants to have a variety of professional artists work collaboratively with her on the following school projects: Multicultural School Quilt (JK-Gr.6), Fantastic Folktale Plays (JK-Gr.6) and an Anti-Bullying Hip-Hop Dance (Gr.1-Gr.4). Lina has worked with her students to put on Literature-based plays such as “The Three Little Pigs” and “The Paper Bag Princess” for the school and parent community. Lina successfully presented “A Splash of Arts!” at three Volunteer in Action School Board workshops, the E.O.C.C.C (Eastern Ontario Catholic Curriculum Cooperative) Teacher Conference in April, 2007, three O.E.C.T.A. (Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association) Summer Institutes in Toronto and Thunder Bay, as well as the Reading for the love of it conference in February 2008 and 2009.

Lina has worked with several professional artists in Visual Arts, Drama, Music and Dance workshops and projects. This experience has given her the skills and confidence to nurture this creativity in others.


Teaching Experience
School Grade Date
St. Daniel Gr. 1, 2/3, 3, 3/4, 5/6 Arts 2004-2008
St. Elizabeth (Nepean) JK-Gr. 6 Arts, Gr. 2 2000-2004
St. Luke (Nepean) Gr. 4, JK/SK English 1994-1999
Frank Ryan Math, Geography, French 1990-1991
Leadership Experience
A Splash of Arts! - Workshop Presenter
Reading for the Love of it! Sheraton Centre, Toronto Feb. 2008-09
O.E.C.T.A. Kindergarten Symposium Thunder Bay, Ontario Aug. 2007
O.E.C.T.A. Summer Institutes Guelph, Ontario July 2007
O.E.C.T.A. Summer Institutes Toronto, Ontario July 2007
E.O.C.C.C Conference Kemptville, Ontario April 2007
Volunteers in Action Workshops Derry Byrne & Convent Glen 2006-2007
Anne of Green Gables - Assistant Choir Coordinator St. Paul's 2007-2008
Children's Liturgy St. Maurice 2005-2008
Associate Teacher - University of Ottawa St. Daniel 2005-2007
Volleyball Coach St. Luke, St. Leonard, Frank Ryan 1990-2006
Soccer Coach St. Daniel 2004-2007
Basketball Coach St. Daniel 2004-2007
Softball Coach Frank Ryan 1991-1992
Drama Club Leader Frank Ryan 1991-1992
Ontario Student Leadership Camp Orillia, Ontario Summer 1986
Intramural President Ridgemont High School 1985-1986
  • Developed a successful Workshop for educators entitled "A Splash of Arts!"
  • Nominated for Sharon Hiscott award in 2004 and 2005
  • Most Valuable Player in Mixed Softball League 1990-1993 consecutively
  • High School Most Outstanding Female Athlete 1984-1985
Visual Arts, AQ – Part 1 Western University July 2007
Visual Arts, AQ – Part 2 Western University Fall 2007
Religious Education – Part 1 St. Paul University July 1995
Bachelor of Education – On-Site Primary/Junior University of Ottawa
Graduated Cum Laude
Bachelor of Arts Combined
Honours – French and Psychology
Carleton University 1988-1993
Professional Learning
C.A.S.I. Training Fall 2007
Information Technology Training November 2007
O.E.C.T.A. Media Symposium November 2007
O.E.C.T.A. Bullying Symposium September 2007
O.E.C.T.A. Facilitator's Workshop July 2007
Shared Reading Workshop May 2007
Classroom Management Workshop May 2007
Assessment Workshop April 2004
Math Summit January 2004-2005
S.P.I.R.I.T Math Book Club – "Teaching the Big Ideas in Mathematics" Fall 2003
Arts Training
Teacher Summer Art Camp August 2007
Clay Workshop June 2007
Music for Young Children 2004-2007
Piano Lessons – Adult Beginner Fall 2002
Oil Painting – Level 1 Summer 2002
Arts in the Classroom – OECTA Workshop August 2002
Education through Music Course Fall 2001
2 Primary Music OCCSB Workshops Fall 2001
4 Junior Music OCCSB Workshops Fall/Winter 2001-2002
2 Primary Drama OCCSB Workshops Winter 2001
Modern Jazz Dancing Fall 2000
School Contributions
ArtsSmarts 2007-2008 $700 Grant "Poetry-Pizzazz!" – Students create masks to dramatize a piece of poetry that linked to the curriculum. (JK - 6)
ArtsSmarts 2006-2007 $1300 Grant "Anti-Bullying Hip Hop Dance" to the song "We are all in this Together." (Grades 1 - 4)
ArtsSmarts 2003-2004 $1800 Grant "The Paper Bag Princess Play" – A dramatic re-creation of the famous story by Robert Munsch. (Grades 1 and 2)
ArtsSmarts 2002-2003 $1000 Grant "Fantastic Folktales" – Dramatic Stories from the Past. (JK - 6)
ArtsSmarts 2001-2002 $1500 Grant "We Are One" Multicultural School Quilt. (JK-6)
TV Ontario Interview In May 2003, TV Ontario interview regarding ArtsSmarts Fantastic Folktales and Multicultural Quilt projects.
"The Gift of Reading" – A Fundraiser for the children at St. Elizabeth Became a Tupperware Consultant to raise money to buy a book for each student in my school. 350 new books were purchased and distributed to my JK to Grade 6 students and 40 new books were donated to the school library.
Christmas Workshops JK to Grade 6 – "Gift of Sharing" C.H.E.O. Ornaments – My Kindergarten to Grade 3 students made 130 felt Christmas ornaments and Christmas cards which were given to the children who spent the Christmas holiday in the hospital.
Villa Marconi Christmas Centerpieces – "Giving to Our Community" My Grades 4 to 6 students made 130 Christmas tree centerpieces and Christmas cards, one for each resident at Villa Marconi. Gifts were presented in December 2003.
Ottawa Catholic School Board Contributions
  • Assistant Choir Coordinator for the School Board Musical "Anne of Green Gables" – 2007-2008
  • Arts Presenter for "Volunteers In Action Workshops" – October 2006-2007
  • Arts Presenter for O.E.C.T.A. Professional Development Institutes and Symposiums
Career Highlights
  • Facilitated the student-crafted faith based retirement gift for Archbishop Gervais. – June 2007
  • Coordinated a team of Grade 3 and 5/6 students to hand-craft a wall hanging and altar cloth for the School Board Chapel and Reception area entitled "Who is my Neighbour" - June 2007

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