Geneviene Lepine (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the principal in area of K0-6 at K12 School Unit, NIST. She is also a Junior Teacher in area of K0 at K12 Unit of OE Division, NSRIC. Genevieve LePine is from Southern Ontario, Canada, with a degree in Geography. A mother, an author, and now a teacher, she lives with her 7 year old daughter and a clan of animals in a small town. Her debut novel, a fiction based retelling of stories by the Brothers Grimm, came out in 2020. Currently working on a middle school series, she spends most of her day writing, researching and now lesson planning as a Junior Teacher with the NSRIC K12 Unit. During her spare time she and her daughter like to hike, walk along the beach collecting sea glass, or visit parks and libraries within their neighborhood.
Genevieve grew up in Oakville Ontario, as well as Calgary Alberta, and started at Brock University (Ontario) in the fall of 2006. Head strong on becoming a historian, she majored in History and Languages. During the first semester of her University career, Genevieve took a course on geographical landforms and phenomenon, and was instantly drawn into the science of how the world works and how we as humans influence it. Switching majors, she took courses that centered around Fluvial and Glacial Geomorphology, Soil Science and Analysis, Cultural and Urban Structures, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She also found a job in the University’s Map Library, where maps became one of her favorite things to study. The who, what, where, when and how of our planet’s workings caught her attention and through hard work, endless papers, experiments, and research, she graduated in 2011 with an Honors Bachelor of the Arts degree in Geography.
Finding work with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and with the City of Burlington, Genevieve was able to apply all that knowledge to ecosystem restoration and ground water analysis, as well as being part of the group of designers and engineers who developed, implemented and constructed the King Road Underpass in Burlington Ontario, pioneering and paving the way for new concepts and development across the GTA and Ontario. Although a rewarding start to her career, Genevieve took on another role in 2014 and became a mother. Working freelance for a time within the GIS community, she eventually found herself working towards finishing a lifelong dream of writing fiction. For the first few years of her daughter’s life, she focused on giving her the best start, with frequent learning opportunities, trips to the library and the local Early Years Centre, as well as plenty of time spent outside learning about nature, the environment (both physical and cultural) as it relates to conservation and stewardship, and how the planet works. It was through teaching and watching her daughter grow, that Genevieve realized she had a love and a passion for teaching children.
When her daughter started Kindergarten, Genevieve continued to finish
her novel. In the spring of 2019, she began to look for a publisher, and to her surprise and excitement, she was offered a contract with a publishing firm in New York, who she currently writes with. Genevieve is looking forward to continuing her love of research and teaching within the NSRIC community, and helping to develop curriculum and courses within the company, as well.