Sue is the creator and Executive Producer of the Happiness at School™ project since 2014 based on her latest book Kidding Around: connecting kids to happiness, laughter and humour. Her belief in the power of laughter has been FUNdamental in her many roles in education as a teacher, staff developer and principal. Her current professional passion is using stand-up comedy to promote mental health and well-being and literacy in schools.
She is also committed to building trust for educational clients based on her book Leading With TRUST. As a former VP and Principal in Toronto, Sue has continued her 35-year career as a speaker and author of four books. She has had a varied career in both elementary and secondary panels, as well as central office leadership roles in three school boards.
Sue served as an elected member of the Retired Teachers of Ontario, provincially and with District 39 (Peel), a three-time former Director on the Staff Development Council of Ontario, now known as Learning Forward Ontario.
Sue is an award-winning presenter and credits much of this to her unique sense of humour and ability to connect directly with people on critical issues. Her keynotes, workshops, webinars and e-courses are warmly welcomed by a wide variety of audiences where she cleverly combines laughing with learning — a foolproof recipe for a living room, classroom or a bored room.
She holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of Toronto and Supervisory Officers’ Qualifications. Sue is a contributing member of the Canadian Association of Positive Psychology, the World Laughter Tour (Certified Laughter Leader – Expert Practioner Level) and a Gold Member of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor.
Kyle Woolven – PROJECT MANAGER
Marc Hallworth is an actor, comedian, and writer, who regularly does stand-up, sketch, and improv. He is a lead Comedian Coach, Facilitator and co-developer in the Happiness at School™ project.He was part of NXNE and was a semi-finalist in the Toronto Comedy Brawl, and his sketch troupe Vest of Friends has won the Toronto SketchFest Best of the Fest Award, the Montreal SketchFest Best of the Fest Award, the Columbus Brew-ha-ha Producer’s Pick Award, as well as being named one of Bite.ca‘s “10 Troupes You Need To See Right Now.”
Trevor Burnett is a graduate of The Second City Workshop Training Centre and brings unique comedic stage performance experience with groups such as The Second City and Theatre Passe Muraille. He was People to People Citizen Ambassador and Delegate to Rwanda, Production Assistant for Late Night with Conan O’Brien and winner of the Toronto Theatre Alliance-Second City Annual Cross Cultural Scholarship. Trevor is a comedian coach and a certified facilitator.
Amy Cicchillo is a recent teachers’ college graduate from Trent University with subject specialties in Drama and History. She attended Brock University for her undergraduate degree with a BA Honours in Drama in Education. She was recently a Drama teacher at Appleby College in Oakville ON and taught a comedy and clown unit for grade 11 students — their favourite unit! Amy is a Facilitator in the Happiness at School™ project.
In over 30 years in education, she has worked in junior, middle, secondary and Provincial Schools in Ontario including 10 years as a teacher of the Deaf, then teaching a Behaviour class and then moving into the Board Office as the consultant for Developmentally Delayed students. Administration followed where she experienced one of the highlights of her career in opening a new school. A firm believer that a happy school is a successful school, she has made laughter a part of her daily routine. Gayle is Past-President of the Toronto Dragons Abreast Dragon Boat Team (a team made up of over 100 Breast Cancer Survivors).