My Story

A small-town boy from Ontario with a big heart, I moved from St. Kitts to Manisnowba to study, and for love interests that didn’t pan out. While “studying” for my masters, I met my would-be husband while dancing to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’. A love that I cannot speak highly enough of, we have since adopted a dog, traveled Peru & Europe, and relocated from Winterpeg to wine country, BC. Currently working at Okanagan College, my goal this year is to develop shareable open-ended calculus resources for mathematics educators around the globe.


  • Organizer of the Spring into Math Event: a day of interactive and movement-based mathematics for elementary school students, hosted by Okanagan College
  • Established presenter in Canada (BC, SK, MB, ON, PEI) and internationally (NY, DC)
  • Finalist for the Strong Start Faculty Award at Okanagan College


Master of Mathematics for Teachers (MMT), University of Waterloo
Graduated: Fall 2015
Capstone Project: Proof Techniques: The Uniqueness Method
Master of Science, Mathematics (MSc), University of Manitoba
Graduated: Summer 2010
Supervisor: Dr. Eric Schippers
A Study of the Geometric and Algebraic Sewing Equations
Bachelor of Science, MICA* (BSc), Brock University
Graduated:  Summer 2008
Minor: Biology
Concentration: Pure Mathematics
*Mathematics Integrated with Computer Applications

Upcoming – Non-Routine Cognitive Tasks
SUM Conference, Saskatoon, SK

Upcoming – Interleaved Mathematical Problems: Perspectives from Research & Teaching
researchED New York

Adding it all up: A look at BC’s new math curriculum
Okanagan College, BC

Stop “Blocking” Students’ Learning: Flexible and Long-Term Learning via Interleaving
OAME And Now for Something Completely Different, Kingston, ON

Bridging Mathematics & Mathematics Education
researchED Washington, D.C.

Quizzing Software in the Mathematics Classroom
PIMS Emerging Mathematics Instructor Workshop, Winnipeg, MB

Instructional Videos in the Mathematics Classroom
CHARGE Conference, Winnipeg, MB
Connecting the High School Precalculus Curriculum with Higher Education
MAMT Math Outside the Perimeter, Selkirk, MB
The Flipped Classroom Model in Post-Secondary Education
CMS Summer Conference, Winnipeg, MB

3 Comments on “About

  1. Hi, I found your blog while searching for feedback on Waterloo MMT program. I have noticed that you’ve done MMT and another masters, may I ask why? What made you decide to get two masters, and what makes MMT stand out from a “regular” masters in math?


    • Hey Jackie,
      the MMT is designed for high school teachers who might be looking to upgrade or extend their learning in many areas of mathematics. I took the second masters since I am heavily focused on mathematics teaching within my career, and I thought it would help me stand out from the crowd. It also allowed me to take some math courses that I wasn’t able to during my undergrad/grad programs such as math finance or cryptography. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at bryan.penfound@gmail.com. 🙂


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