The goal of this lab is to situate Physical and Health Education in evolving Digital Culture; to develop a place where educators and sport leaders can leverage technology to build a culture of healthy movers, healthy communities and a Healthier Canada. 


Our aim is to promote resilience, wellness, and a healthy lifestyle, using digital technology to facilitate sustainable and meaningful Physical Health and Education programs.  

The PHE WISE Digital Culture Lab

Meet The Team

Dr. Wendy Barber, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, ON, Canada

Dr. Barber is a member of the R. Tait McKenzie Society for Academic Excellence at the University of Toronto. She is the winner of the Ontario Tech University Teaching Award of Excellence for Tenured Faculty. Her research interests include Resilience and Grit, Human Performance and Excellence,Teacher Development, Health and Physical Education and Online Learning Communities. Creative passions include the role of Mindfulness, Flow, Awareness and Play in teaching and learning. Her passions include aquatics, dance, art and music, and her work is framed by intuition and her pack of small dogs, Georgia, Gracie and Sophie.


Dr. Bill Walters, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education

St. Francis Xavier University,

Antigonish, NS, Canada

Bill Walters, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Saint Francis Xavier University. Bill came to StFX following a 33-year career teaching physical education in public schools. In 2012-2013 he received the National Teaching Excellence Award for secondary physical education from Physical and Health Education Canada. His desire to continually improve his practice brought him to StFX in 2014 to earn a Ph.D. The research leading to his doctorate and now continued in preceding years focus on the physical educator. Mentoring, instructional strategies, and the isolation and marginalization of physical educators are the focus of his research. Currently, Bill teaches pedagogy, physical education curriculum, and instruction courses, as well as in the Masters of Education program.

Dr. Ian D.R. Brown, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Clinical Psychologist, Former School Psychologist,

Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology

Trent University, Peterborough, Canada

Dr. Brown is a clinical psychologist, and has provided psychological services since 1977; treating children, adolescents, adults, and families for primarily mood and anxiety disorders.  He was a school psychologist for nearly 34 years, including 18 years in the Scarborough Board of Education and 16 years as Chief Psychologist in Peterborough, Kawartha Pine Ridge, and Durham Catholic District School Boards.  He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Department at Trent University where he has been teaching for 28 years. He is intensely interested in the mental health and well-being of students and teachers.

Shannon Galea​, B.HSc. Kinesiology, B.Ed., OCT,

MA Olympic Studies 

Game Plan Specialist

Canadian Olympic Committee

Shannon Galea holds a Masters in Olympic Studies, BEd. OCT, and currently works as a Specialist for Game Plan at the Canadian Olympic Committee.


She retired from her professional softball career in 2017 after playing internationally for 6 years along with 28 years in the sport. Shannon also teaches Intermediate/Senior Physical Education and Geography with the Durham District School Board and has taught and coached in various international schools overseas.  Lastly, she is the CEO of the Maltese Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation and currently in the running as a 2022 Olympic hopeful in the sport of Skeleton.

Mike Whitmarsh, B.A., B.Ed., OCT

Instructor, Faculty of Education

Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, ON, Canada

Mike Whitmarsh is a retired principal from Durham District School Board and is currently the Outdoor Education Instructor for the Faculty of Education at Ontario Tech University where he teaches pre-service teachers in the Bachelor of Education program.  In addition to his varied administrative and teaching career in both elementary and secondary schools as well as outdoor and environmental education, Mike has personal experience related to natural habitats, environmental issues and outdoor pursuits including hiking, backpacking, camping, winter travel, canoeing and kayaking.  He has a passion for outdoor learning and for learning from the land.

Carolyn Temertzoglou, B.P.H.E. Hons., B.Ed., M.A., OCT

Health and Physical Education Teacher Education Curriculum Consultant, Workshop Presenter

OISE, University of Toronto

Carolyn Temertzoglou is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Toronto. She is an international leader in the field of Physical and Health Education (PHE). Carolyn has presented internationally as an advocate for PHE and physical literacy.  She has been globally acknowledged for her work in inclusive education and physical literacy.  She is the recipient of the Ontario Supervision of Physical and Health Education Teacher Advocacy Award for her work in supporting pre-service and in-service health and physical education teachers with their practice. Carolyn has been an outstanding presenter at international conferences.

Nicole Muchos, B.Sc. Kin., B.Ed., OCT,

Teacher, York Region District School Board

Nicole attended the University of Waterloo where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology in 2007.  Throughout her studies she served for 5 years as an Athletic Therapist for the University of Waterloo's Varsity Soccer and Rugby teams. She worked as a Kinesiologist for 8 years at The Chousky Centre a spinal rehabilitation and neuropathy clinic where she implemented skills learned from Dr. Stuart McGill. Her passion for educating patients on the importance of physical competencies and leading a healthy lifestyle fuelled her desire to return to school and pursued her Bachelor of Education at the Ontario Tech University.  She currently works for the YRDSB as a Science and PHE Secondary Teacher.

Dr. Scott White, B.PhEd. Hons., D.C., B.Ed., OCT,


Teacher, Durham District School Board

Scott began his studies in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University where he earned his Bachelor of Physical Education degree with Honours in 2008.  He then proceeded to further his studies at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where he completed his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in June 2012.  As a Board Certified Chiropractor, Dr. White provided on field injury and clinical assessment and treatment for both provincial and student athletes before continuing his academic journey and completing his Bachelor of Education degree at Ontario Tech University in 2015.  He currently practices part time and works for the DDSB as an Inclusive Student Services Department Head/SERT and Special Education Class teacher.

We are a group made up of teachers, researchers, coaches and a physiologist who advocate for Physical Health Education and Sport in Canada. 

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