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Dan Grassick is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Professional Development program area. Among his chief responsibilities are supporting the ATA's teachers' convention associations and working with the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. Before joining the Association in January 2016, Dan worked as a teacher and learning leader for the Calgary Board of Education, as an instructor at the University of Alberta, and as a senior manager with YMCA Calgary. Dan encourages his students and colleagues to "embrace their inner geeks". Dan is a doctoral student at the University of Alberta and his research interests focus on classroom and school design; metacognition and transfer; and experiential education.