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Updated April 13, 2015

by Michael Peirce


Biography: Dr. Michael R. Peirce, Ed. D.

  Dr. Peirce has more than 30 years teaching and counselling experience in the independent school system where he has focused on career and educational issues. He completed his secondary education at Stanstead College in Stanstead, Quebec. From there he went on to Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology (1977) followed by his Bachelor of Education (Guidance & Mathematics,1978). Dr. Peirce then returned to Stanstead College where he joined the faculty for seven years holding various positions including: mathematics teacher, House Director, Director of Admissions and Director of University Counselling. In 1983, he was awarded a Shell Canada Merit Fellowship in Career Education. From 1985 to

2010 he served at Appleby College, a university preparatory school in Oakville, Ontario where he served as the Director of Guidance and several Assistant Head roles before retiring as Head of School in 2010. During his time at Appleby, completed his Master of Education in Applied Psychology (Guidance and Counselling, 1989) and his Doctorate in Education (Counselling) in 1994 at the University of Toronto focussing on university decision-making models.

Dr. Peirce has given presentations and written articles about the university selection process. He has reviewed books for the National Association of College Admission Counsellors, the Guidance Centre and Addison Wesley Publishing. He publishes the Canadian university guide book "For Grads Only" and, in the year 2000, wrote and published "It's Your Choice!", a Canadian university decision making workbook. His last project was the creation of a workbook for Canadian students considering U.S. universities titled "Considering the U.S.". He is currently working on a similar workbook for students applying to British Universities titles "Considering the U.K." as well as a book for international students considering Canadian Universities titled "Considering Canada".

Dr. Peirce has also done extensive work in "Peer Counselling". In addition to establishing a peer counselling program at Appleby College for more than 15 years, Dr. Peirce has designed and delivered a number of training workshops for communities and schools including the Dene Nation Project in Fort McPherson in the Northwest Territories and the Niagara District School Board and Appleby College Project in Temagami, Ontario. Both these projects involved teaching peer support skills to First Nations adolescents. Dr. Peirce has completed extensive training in this field over the years and received his National Level III Certification in Peer Coaching in 2008 through Peer Resources, a global leader in peer assistance, mentorship and coaching.

With over twenty years serving on educational executive teams, Dr. Peirce has a great deal of experience and expertise ranging from strategic planning, policy development and implementation, to faculty and department evaluation, admission planning and timetable development.


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