Shannon Smith is currently the vice principal at W. Erskine Johnston PS, a K-8 school in Ottawa, Ontario. She also provides special education support and leads a writing workshop for intermediate students. Shannon is involved in the leadership initiatives in her District and recently chaired the committee that brought “Make a Positive Impact: An Appreciative Inquiry Event” to the OCDSB. She is passionate about leading from an appreciative approach, engaging the creative capacities of all learners in the school, and supporting experimentation in teaching and learning. She sees her role as a “lead learner” and blogs about her experiences at shannoninottawa.com.