Bachelor of Education – Math, French, Early Childhood
Masters of Education – Education of Exceptional Children
PhD (Plan to complete by Summer 2017!) – Educational Administration (Implementation Science)
My career path as a teacher and leader has focused on “whatever it takes” to help students be successful in their learning. I have a wide variety of experiences working with students, teachers, families, government and agencies from across Saskatchewan working on, learning needs, curriculum development, student behaviour and community support. As part of provincial government teams, I led the Student Support Services’ Response to Intervention and Violent Threat Risk Assessments collaborative initiatives. One of the most exciting learnings I’ve had is being part of the provincial research team to understand and support our First Nations’ students’ learning through changing our mindset as teachers. Teaching classes for the Special Education department and the ITEP (Indian Teacher Education Program) in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan helps to keep me “current” about teaching practices. In 2015-16, it was exciting to work with a Grade Three teacher on a Blended Learning (i.e., technology infused) for math!
I am motivated by students who have challenges or issues that affect their learning. They work SO hard! They make me the best teacher and advocate I can be!
a card on my desk from a student who grew two years in her reading last year. It says, “Thank-you for helping me learn how to read good!”
A special gift of hand carved earrings from an elder in appreciation for working with his First Nation community.
Being elected to represent Canada on the International Council of Exceptional Children’s Board of Directors.
I have been to the Sturgis (S. Dakota) motorcycle rally several times … on purpose!
My brother, sisters and I were born and attended school in three different countries.
I have a deep fascination with rocks, minerals (geology) and fossils (paleontology).