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 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 program for teen authors. For more information about this project, visit the Scrawler’s Academy in-development website.

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 educators.

Scrawler’s Academy

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