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Joseph Sze Chung Chow

Department Head of Moderns
at St. Brother André CHS


OCT Number


Date of Birth:

March 1st, 1986

Educational Background

June 2017

Religious Education in Catholic Schools, Part 2

March 2019

Junior Division 

July 2011

French as a Second Language, Specialist

August 2018

DELF Correcteur for A1, A2, B1, B2 French Language

July 2018

Advanced Placement Teacher Training for French Language and Culture

June 2019

Religious Education in Catholic Schools, Specialist

September 2019 - November 2021

Master of Education in Language and Literacy Education, University of Toronto Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Ontario

June 2011

Religious Education Part 1

December 2010

Intermediate Division, Religious Education

July 2010

French as a Second Language, Part 2

June 2010

English as a Second Language, Part 1

July 2009

Special Education, Part 1

July 2008

Honours Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto, Ontario,

Major in French Language and Studio Arts

June 2004

St. Augustine Catholic High School, Markham, Ontario

July 2009

Bachelor of Education, Faculty of Education, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Intermediate and Senior Division, French as a Second Language and Visual Arts

December 2022

Principal's Qualification, Part 1


Principal's Qualification, Part 2 (Candidate)

January 2022

YCDSB Aspiring Vice-Principal Discernement Series 

Work Experience

September 2010 - Present

St. Brother André Catholic High School 

Department Head of Moderns Languages (2013 to present) 

  • Lead professional activities days

  • Build the French Immersion program at the secondary levell for YCDSB

  • Provided curriculum guidance and support to department members

  • Ensured compliance to Growing Success with assessment and evaluation strategies

  • Maintained a balanced department budget

  • Mentored beginner teachers through the Teacher Induction Program

  • Lead professional learning communities for oral communication strategies to enhance everyday usage of French

French as a Second Language, Religious Education and English Teacher

  • Engaged grades 9 – 12 students with interactive language learning

  • Supported differentiated instruction to ensure student success

  • Collaborated with the special education department to address learning needs and accommodations for students

Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) Arts and Culture Liaison

  • Organized enrichment opportunities for Reach Ahead and Experiential Learning requirements for certification 

  • Mentored, tracked and supported SHSM students towards the Red Seal diploma

  • Liaised with district and provincial SHSM leads

September 2018 - Present

York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB)

Subject Council Chair (completed 2021-2022 school year)

  • Facilitate Moderns Subject Council meetings with all the department heads of Modern Languages 

  • Attend meetings at the school board to discuss new initiatives

July 2010 - Present

e-learn Summer School teacher, Careers Education and Civics and Citizenship, Literacy Non-Credit Course, Photography and Kickstart Program

  • Taught Summer school course online through Desire2Learn system and Google Classroom system

  • Created resources for a variety of summer school courses

  • Communicated with parents to inform them about their child's progress

July 2015 - August 2015

AYJ Global 

English as a Second Language Teacher 

  • Taught English as a Second Language to students (16 - 20 years old) in Kaiping, China

  • Used differentiated instruction and strategies to promote second language acquisition 

  • Communicated with parents in both English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) regarding student progress

  • Collaborated with teacher assistant in China as well as Canadian ESL teachers to ensure student success

Sept. 2009 - June 2010

Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy 

French as a Second Language and Religious Education Teacher

  • Incorporated Cooperative Learning strategies to enhance student learning

  • Aligned classroom practices to the Catholic Graduate Expectations

  • Supported students learning through extra-curricular activities

July 2004 - Jan. 2019

Private Tutoring in French Education 

  • Delivered grades 4 – 8 curriculum expectations  

  • Engaged grades 4 -12 students with grammar usage in French

  • Provided transition strategies for grade 8 students to become successful in grade 9 French

  • Assisted students practice their oral French by engaging them in French Conversations

April 2005 - August 2008

Toronto Cross-Cultural Community Association (TCCSA) 

Community Development Assistant Coordinator

  • Organized engaging activities to promote active learning through crafts, life skills, language arts, mathematics and science for students from 6-13  years old

  • Managed program budget and expenses

  • Maintain regular communication with parents on student progress

Professional Development & Presentation

August 2018

Centre international d'études pédagogique (CIEP) Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) Correcteur Training 

  • Acquired strategies to teach in a DELF classroom 

  • Certified to evaluate students French abilities in accordance to the Ministry of Education in France

July 2018

Advanced Placement French Language and Culture Training

  • Acquired strategies for the Advanced Placement French Language and Culture classroom

March 2016

YCDSB EdTech Saturday Presented

  • Presented ideas and strategies to engage language students through technology and support their second language acquisition. Perspective  shared was from the context of the French Language classroom.

March 2013

OMLTA Conference Attended

  • Incorporated information communication technology in French teaching to enhance practical use of language

  • Acquired an understanding of the Common European Framework for teaching French

  • Applied effective oral communication strategies to engage student participation

December 2009

Fred Jones: Tools of Teaching Workshop Attended

  • An 18 hour workshop that teaches practical strategies for discipline, instruction and motivation in the classroom

March 2016

GLACIE Cooperative Learning Conference Attended

  • Acquired cooperative learning strategies and incorporated them in delivery of lessons

  • Integrated cooperative learning activities to enhance student engagement and retention

November 2017

YCDSB EdTech PA Day Presented

  • Presented ideas and opportunity for teachers to gain ideas for language development in their classroom. Some technology that was explored was  D2L, Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Forms, Google sites & screencastify.

February 2018

Standard First Aid & CPR - Certified under ACT First Safety

April 2021

OMLTA Conference Attended

  • Acquired an understanding of how to create a culturally relevant pedagogy 

  • Learned different strategies to be inclusive as an administrator for the FSL program



Ontario Volunteer Award: Youth

  • recognition for commitment in volunteerism


Tom Tittle Youth Award

  • recognition in St. Augustine for being a positive role model


York Secondary Catholic Presidents' Council: Religious Leadership Award

  • an award that celebrates a student whose Catholic Leadership has made a significant contribution to the school community. The winner is an advocate of the Church, and demonstrates the moral teachings of the York Catholic Distribute School Board


York Secondary Catholic Presidents' Council: Teaching Staff Award

  • an award that pays tribute to the patience and encouragement of a teaching staff member that has been actively involved with the extracurricular activities at his or her school

Additional Qualifications


Principal's Qualification, Part 2 (Candidate)

December 2022

Principal's Qualification, Part 1

June 2019

Religious Education in Catholic Schools, Specialist

March 2019

Junior Division

June 2017

Religious Education in Catholic Schools, Part 2

July 2011

French as a Second Language, Specialist

June 2011

Religious Education in Catholic Schools, Part 1

December 2010

Intermediate Division, Religious Education

July 2010

French as Second Language, Part 2

June 2010

English as a Second Language, Part 1

June 2009

Special Education, Part 1

Co-Curricular Activities 

current and past involvements as teacher supervisor

  • Asian Students Association and Partnership

  • Student Council

  • Student Government (President's Council) 

  • POWER Source (Anti Racism/Multicultural/Diversity) Council

  • Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving Council

  • Senior and Junior Badminton Coach

  • Ski and Snowboard Club

  • Dance Club

  • Graduation Committee

  • Literacy Committee

  • Prom Committee 

  • Awards Committee


the following are some websites of projects that I was involved in i

Blended Learning Models and BLE Tools​

Learning French for Everyday Life

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