Don’s value to Maple Bear educators and owners is his long experience in both Canadian and International Education, He has the ability to assess whether a school is successful and , if not, what needs to be done to improve. Don spent 34 years in Ontario education as an elementary teacher, adult education teacher, principal, superintendent and ultimately Director of Education for a large geographical area with responsibility for all facets of public schools which offered elementary, secondary and adult education programs in English or French.

Since his retirement in 1998 he served for two years as a humanitarian worker in Myanmar where the key project was working with High School English teachers. He was Director of the Canadian International School of Egypt for two years and was full-time Academic Director for Maple Bear Brazil for two years. Don presently fulfills the Academic Director role when there is a transition between full-time directors in a country. He has had this experience in Brazil, Mexico and Asia. Don also regularly does short Quality Assurance assignments, mainly in Brazil, but he has also visited Maple Bear Schools in Mexico, Korea, China and Vietnam.

In addition to holding teacher certification for the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba, Don holds Principal, Supervisory Officer and Special Education qualifications. Don's university studies in Ontario have led to a B.A., B. Ed., M. Ed. and all but thesis in an Ed. D. in Educational Administration.