The Team

Learning Specialist Team from Rocky View Schools

Meet the Design Team


In the 21C Branch of the RVS Learning Department, we learn by doing. We don’t have a syllabus of content we want to impart on teachers and leaders, we support them to define what their learning needs are and then to tackle them collaboratively. Our professional learning opportunities start with field experiences, where participants develop empathy for the people they are designing for, and uncover real human needs they want to address. They then iterate to develop an unexpected range of possible solutions, and create prototypes and designs to take back out into the field and test with real people. Our bias is toward action, followed by reflection on personal discoveries about process. Experience is measured by iteration: together with our learners we run through cycles of learning. Each cycle brings stronger insights, more unexpected solutions, and an evolution of our process. Through learning stories we share these insights with our broader community and scaffold opportunities for everyone to share their experience by making learning visible. We hope you’ll join us.

Dan McWilliam

Dan McWilliam

Learning Specialist

The Ripple Effect: Spreading Innovation and Engagement. Dan works as an inquiry enabler who uses design thinking and the RVS Instructional Design Framework collaboratively with teachers and administrators to produce engaging and authentic learning opportunities. dmcwilliam@rocky…

Jason Ness

Jason Ness

Learning Specialist

Through a spirit of innovation, Jason wants to empower professionals to consider possibilities and challenge their status quos. He believes in the personal satisfaction found in risk-taking, and he hopes to empower teachers to try new things and explore their “why.” jness@rocky…

Janelle Fortmüller

Janelle Fortmüller

Learning Specialist

Janelle is committed to growth and engagement and is inspired to empower and innovate. jfortmuller@rocky…

Sara Martin

Sara Martin

Learning Specialist

A lifelong learner, who is inspired to make positive change in education. Coding, Making, DIY and STEM, what did you make today? A passion for advancing the role and recognition of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math. saramartin@rocky…

Dave Morris

Dave Morris

Associate Superintendent of Learning

For Dave, impactful learning is shared and ongoing. He engages learners at all levels by modelling innovation, sharing new ideas and taking risks with others. dmorris@rocky…