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Bil Chinn

Bil Chinn and Patrick Monahan in CEL EC Meeting, San Antonio, TXBIL CHINN recently retired as a supervisor in Human Resources Consulting with Edmonton Public Schools - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Previous assignments, 42 years with the District, include classroom teacher, director of a drama troupe of teacher/actors, consultant for Drama and Language Arts with Consulting Services, consultant and then supervisor in Personnel Recruitment and Staffing, and supervisor in Human Resources Staff Relations.  Bil holds a Bachelor of Education, Secondary Education [Mathematics], a Masters of Education {English and Drama], and has completed course work for a Doctorate in Education focusing on induction of new teachers. 

Bil joined the National Council of Teachers of English initially to complement membership and work with the English Language Arts Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association and with the Canadian Council of Teachers of English Language Arts and, later, to remain connected to that work through a professional organization focused on teaching and learning.  His initial membership with CEL was to facilitate consulting work with district English teachers and department heads and to further connect with teachers and researchers in the field.  Since 1998, Bil has served as secretary to the executive committee for CEL, enjoying the intimate camaraderie and support for teaching, learning and leadership. 

Bil enjoys family, 3 sons with families of their own [including 3 grandchildren], along with good food; fine [and not so fine] wine; quality television, theatre, and film.   His reading interest is broad including many titles by Canadian authors: the late Timothy Findlay, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Guy Vanderhaeghe, the Margaret’s [Laurence and Atwood], Jane Urquhart and others.  He’s also a devotee of Irish writer William Trevor as well as Britain’s Julian Barnes, Kazua Ishiguro, Hilary Mantel and Ian McEwan.  Bil believes in and strives to model life long learning, trusting retirement will allow him to capitalize on newly found time and opportunity.

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