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Paul Aikins

Paul Aikins teaches music theatre at Etobicoke School of the Arts (ESA). ESA is a performing arts high school where students must audition to be accepted. With the popularity of shows like American Idol and Glee, kids flock to audition, but how many will really make it to Broadway? A former actor himself, Aikins knows firsthand the struggle of really making it in the business and brings this experience to the classroom.

The Real Lives of Canadian Teachers
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"The Real Lives of Canadian Teachers" is an exclusive, fly-on-the-wall series that shows the remarkable, dramatic and uplifting real-life moments in the lives of four high school teachers, who demonstrate that leadership matters when it comes to shaping Canada’s future.

"Real Lives of Canadian Teachers" focuses as much on the lives of teachers and the surprising realities of the students they deal with as it does the intricacies of the work they do. Home lives often clash with the demands of the job, and as another school year begins, this is an inside, intimate look at the education system and all its challenges.

Taking viewers inside "The Real Lives of Canadian Teachers" are:

Paul Aikins, who teaches music theatre at Etobicoke School of the Arts

Tiffany Shelton, a teacher at Sir Sandford Fleming Academy in Toronto

Keith Hoare, who teaches culinary arts at Thistletown Collegiate Institute in Rexdale

Nicole Magson, who teaches history, social science and dance at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate in Scarborough.