Tom Kertes

I am a middle school teacher in the North Coast region of BC, in the territory of the Gispaxlo’ots and Gits’iis of the Ts’msyen Nation (Prince Rupert, BC). I teach Grade 7 and Drama 8.

I was born in Ellensburg, WA, the territory of the Kittitas. My ancestors are Irish, German, Hungarian, and English. I immigrated to Canada from the United States in 2007. I am now a citizen of both Canada and the United States.

I work with other North Coast teachers as the founding organizer of the Critical Education Project, a network of North Coast and Skeena region educators sharing resources for supporting all students and communities. This network supports the development of students’ skills and knowledge in literacy, numeracy, leadership, community-building, and land-based education.

I am also in the early stages of developing a summer and spring break camp for teen authors. For more information about this project, visit the Scrawler’s Academy website. As part of this project, I facilitate the NCTAG (North Coast Teen Authors’ Group).

Before I started teaching in 2015, I was an AIDS activist in the 1990s and a community organizer in the poor people’s movement to end poverty in the 2000s. I helped organize day labourers in Baltimore, working with the United Workers Association and the University of the Poor’s School of Labor. I also helped organize early childhood educators in Vancouver, working with the Liberation Learning Project, the Child Care Equity Campaign, and the BCGEU.

My other experience includes professional storytelling, owning a children’s toy and book store, and working in production of children’s educational television and other media and public relations work.

View my current resume for more information.

Critical Education Project

I am the founding organizer of the Critical Education Project, a network of North Coast and Skeena region educators.

Scrawler’s Academy

I am the lead facilitator of the Scrawler’s Academy, a creative writing program for teen authors.