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Tim Gernstein, OCT

Tim Gernstein
  • Registration: 476805
  • Central Region Full-time

Certified to teach in Ontario: 2004

Current employment: Elementary teacher

Employer: York Region District School Board

Professional qualifications




BA Spec. Hons.

York University
Nipissing University
University of Toronto

Required biography

Experience teaching since 2004 in the Primary, Junior and Intermediate divisions. Currently teaches a Grade 5/6 split at Blue Willow PS in Woodbridge with the York Region DSB. Has been an occasional, rotary, homeroom and reading recovery teacher and been involved in many extracurricular clubs, including chess and drama, and staff committees, including timetabling and social.

A proud several-time ETFO school steward, he has served on many ETFO York Region committees and often been an elected AGM delegate.

An elected member of the seventh College Council since 2015. Whether meeting with the full Council or with members of the Investigation Committee, continually asks: Does this serve the best interest of the public? The public interest does not need to come at the expense of teachers’ interests; these are not always mutually exclusive ideas. Self-regulation is a privilege and it is better to self-regulate than to leave regulation to the whims of inconsistent governments that have over time both loathed and adored teachers. Inconsistency is not in the profession’s best interest. What is in its best interest is to self-regulate consistently and responsibly and if done right, then the public interest is served and protected in the process.

Optional biography

Tim Gernstein is an elected member of the seventh College Council representing teachers living in Toronto, Durham and York. He is vice-chair of the Investigation Committee and member of the Editorial Board.

By the time he graduated from high school, Tim had attended 17 schools and had no ambition to teach. After earning a theatre degree at York University, he worked in television production. During this time he volunteered at an inner-city kindergarten in Regent Park, Toronto, where his teaching journey began. Tim obtained his B.Ed. from Nipissing University where upon graduating in 2004, he embraced his first assignment: teaching Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 in a two-room school in Granville Lake, Man., a fly-in First Nations community. This led him to the York Region DSB, where he has worked since 2005. He has enjoyed every grade and classroom, yet kindergarten holds a special place in his heart.

In 2011, Tim completed an M.Ed. from the University of Toronto. He continues advancing his skills through AQ courses and is active with his teaching federation. Outside school Tim is an avid volunteer, serving on the boards of the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre, the York Lions Club and Mount Dennis United Church. He lives in Weston, Toronto, with his partner Paul and their cats. Tim appreciates the responsibility of Council service and wishes to continue for a second term as a strong advocate for self-regulation while serving and protecting the public interest.

Eligible nominators (Registration)

  1. Wendy Bacon, OCT (431740)
  2. Michelle Chitiz, OCT (214290)
  3. Liliana Ferraro, OCT (212842)
  4. Jatinder (Jodi) Gill, OCT (428394)
  5. Michelle Jones, OCT (485843)
  6. Jacqueline Karsemeyer, OCT (149514)
  7. Ashley Macri, OCT (642260)
  8. Kelly Murray, OCT (179168)
  9. Shivam Patel, OCT (615536)
  10. Diane Pellarin, OCT (195978)
  11. Erin Templeton, OCT (615914)
  12. Kathryn Wright, OCT (419315)
  13. Maxelle Yablon, OCT (102002)

Required statement

1. Tim Gernstein attests that he is eligible and willing to be nominated, meets all the requirements to run for the Central Region – Full-Time position and to serve on Council, confirms that all information provided is accurate and agrees to the publication of this information (in response to questions 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 of the Candidate Statement part of his Nomination).

2. Tim Gernstein does not hold an excluded position that would prevent him from serving on Council (in response to question 4 of the Candidate Statement part of his Nomination).

3. Tim Gernstein acknowledges that, if elected, he will be required to swear an oath or make an affirmation to serve in the public interest prior to assuming a Council position (in response to question 5 of the Candidate Statement part of his Nomination).

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