Teachers and staff make EA, EA Adults and Magnussen the special places that they are for helping children and adults strengthen their brains. They are educated, experienced, caring and dedicated professionals. Please read their bios below to find out more about them.
I love creating educational, life-enhancing programs for children, young adults and adults. My focus has been on building educational environments for children with a variety of special needs profiles – from those who are diagnosed as gifted with learning challenges to others with severe learning disabilities. This passion to help others started with my own diagnosed Dyslexia, and the impact this disability had on my life. Fortunately, I had a wonderful team of teachers that got me through high school and provided enough guidance to encourage me to attend university. In 1990 I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in psychology. From there, I went on to do graduate work at Boston University, earning a M.Ed. in special education with a teaching certificate in elementary and high school instruction. I spent three years teaching at both the elementary and high school level prior to starting a career in conducting educational assessments. In 2005 I started my first school, Eaton Arrowsmith in Vancouver, British Columbia. This school utilizes the Arrowsmith Program, founded by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, to improve the cognitive functioning of children and young adults with learning disabilities. Since then, four new schools have opened, including Magnussen School, Eaton Arrowsmith Adults in Vancouver and additional Eaton Arrowsmith locations in White Rock and Redmond, WA. I am also the Chair of the Watson Centre Society for Brain Health (WCSBH), a centre designed to bring the Arrowsmith Program, along with mindfulness, exercise and quality of life tracking, to those recovering from brain injury. Through my involvement with WSCBH and as the President/Chair of ABI Wellness, I am connecting with those in health professions in order to help individuals with brain injury further improve their quality of life. I also speak and write books (Brain School, The Brain Pioneer) on a range of topics – from educational neuroscience to learning disabilities.
I have a passion for learning and the richness that it brings to life. I’ve been working with Howard Eaton in the field of learning disabilities since 2002 and was part of Eaton Arrowsmith at its inception. I have moved through several key roles in the school and am now supporting the whole Eaton Arrowsmith staff, students, and families through human resources. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major of economics and religious studies, and a Bachelor of Education. I am currently studying human resources at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. I am an active wife and a mother of two boys and an avid runner, cyclist, meditation student, home chef, and reader.
After receiving an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Victoria, I worked as a special education assistant with the Vancouver School Board. I also volunteered and tutored students with learning differences through the Learning Disabilities Association in Vancouver for four years. I then went on to receive a teaching certificate in elementary education from Simon Fraser University and worked as a resource teacher for the Vancouver School Board for five years, during which time I received my Diploma in Special Education from the University of British Columbia. Over the past 10 years, through my work with Howard Eaton, I have had the opportunity to help many children and adults better understand their learning styles. I have been very privileged to be one of the founding staff members at Eaton Arrowsmith. I have had the pleasure of occupying many roles at the school, from head cognitive teacher to admissions director. Watching our students build their capacity to learn and become more confident, capable individuals is truly a joy. As admissions and marketing director, I look forward to reaching out to the public in order to share my knowledge of not only the Arrowsmith Program, but also the incredible community spirit that exists at the school. When I am not at EA, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, Kate and Sam. I also enjoy running, hiking and connecting with good friends.
Early experiences with friends and family with learning disabilities inspired a passion that has remained with me throughout my life, and a desire to support students with learning disabilities academically as well as socially and emotionally. I completed a B.A. in psychology and sociology at the University of British Columbia, where I also dabbled in math, physics and special education. I then spent several years working with Howard Eaton at the Eaton Learning Centre, which gave me experience in psycho-educational assessment as well as a better understanding of the needs of students with learning disabilities. My experience as Eaton Learning Centre’s assessment manager made for a natural transition to assessment manager at Eaton Arrowsmith.
In 2008, I joined the staff at EA and had the pleasure of working one-on-one with each new student to guide them through the initial Arrowsmith assessment. In 2009 and 2010, I returned to UBC to study human development, learning and culture, and received a Master of Education degree. I was particularly interested in learning about the interactions between social and emotional learning, mindfulness and learning disabilities.
I entered my role as admissions director at EA in 2010, and in August of 2012 I transitioned to the role of admissions director for the Eaton Arrowsmith family of schools. As registrar, I welcome families and individuals into Eaton Arrowsmith in Vancouver, White Rock and Redmond, Eaton Arrowsmith Adults in Vancouver and Redmond, and Magnussen in Vancouver. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know new students and their families and introducing them to our amazing schools, knowing that all new students will be welcomed wholeheartedly by students and staff into a warm, caring, and supportive environment. In my spare time, I enjoy camping and hiking, ballroom dancing, photography, traveling, sewing, watching hockey, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
I had the fortune of joining Eaton Arrowsmith in 2007. It’s been such a wonderful journey to work with so many inspiring, passionate and enthusiastic individuals in this community. I am responsible for management and oversight of accounts payable, receivable, fiscal control and budget operations. Prior to Eaton Arrowsmith, I worked in the headquarters of the International Language Institution in Japan, Toronto and Vancouver, where I was mainly responsible for recruiting and training. In my spare time, I enjoy practicing yoga, taking exercise classes, dancing and cooking. I am a huge fan of travelling and seeing the world. I look forward to meeting all of you!
I am very excited to be part of the Eaton Arrowsmith as the chief information officer and facilities manager. I feel fortunate that my knowledge of technology can, in some small way, help support the teachers who change the lives of children for the better every day. I have a great love of music and enjoy playing piano and guitar, and listening to music of all kinds. I also enjoy photography and kayaking.
I am excited to join Eaton Arrowsmith as their Office Manager. Having come out of a background in engineering and finance I am looking forward to supporting the staff and assisting parents with their financial needs. I am responsible for accounts receivable. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require assistance. I am fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
It’s a privilege to lead Eaton Arrowsmith in Redmond. The staff and families in this community are super committed to its success and enabling a bright future for the students. I cannot imagine a more perfect fit for my professional background and for my personal commitment to improve educational opportunities for all children. I have served as a special educator in public schools for more than 10 years. This role provided me with experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and with a wide array of learning disabilities. However, for many, cognitive change was not happening. Discovering the Arrowsmith Program has been transformational for me. I am incredibly excited that this is the “missing link” that bridges the gap between disability and ability in learning and future opportunities for students. I am dedicated to making this opportunity available to anyone who needs it. On a personal note, I’ve been married to my husband, Scott, for more than 30 years. We have three grown children and two adorable “grands”. I enjoy reading good books, growing veggies in my garden, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a teacher. I have a personal connection to learning disabilities as my brother struggled with learning from an early age. This was hard for me to watch. It was his experience in education that helped me narrow down my career path to teaching students with learning challenges. After receiving my Early Childhood Teacher diploma in 1994 I decided to move onto pedagogical studies with a focus on elementary teaching at the University of M. Bella in Slovakia. In 1998 I moved to Canada where I have spent more than 10 years working with children and young adults in various educational capacities. Along the way, I took General English Studies at Vancouver Community College and Langara College. In 2005 I obtained my B.C. ECE Certificate, Fun Family Phonics Teacher Certificate and Montessori Teacher Diploma. I then applied to work as a Montessori preschool and kindergarten teacher. My desire to help students with learning challenges led me to Eaton Arrowsmith in 2007. I am passionate about teaching, supporting and learning from my adult and school-age students. This continues to this day at Eaton Arrowsmith Adults in Vancouver. I love to learn and experience new things and have found Vancouver to be an amazing city for opening up doors to endless possibilities. I like to spend my spare time with my husband and daughter Kaija. I also love to read, sew, knit, make jewellery, cook, and try to fix and renovate anything around the apartment. I love to visit Europe in the summer months, when possible, and spend some quality time with my family there.
The great teachers in my life inspired me early on to become a teacher. I hope the way I work with my students at Eaton Arrowsmith helps me pay forward what those teachers did for me. Since graduating from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Education specializing in special education in 2007, my journey to become the educator I always wanted to be has continued at EA. I have worked with many amazing children and youth whose determination and resilience to challenge their cognitive abilities and achieve their goals inspires me and keeps me learning every day! What the students in the Arrowsmith Program can do if they work hard is truly amazing. If I can help them achieve their goals, I will have reached mine as well. Outside of school I enjoy a happy life with my wife and young children.
When my younger sister was challenged with some math concepts in elementary school, I immediately started finding new and interesting ways to help her understand. This often looked like toys collected in equal groups and baking supplies and utensils ordered by size. Looking back, I can see that this was the very beginning of my lifelong pursuit of learning and teaching. Throughout high school, I tutored and mentored students in and outside the classroom and became aware of brain development, which sparked a great interest for me. I pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UBC, focusing on child and health development, and continued in 2012 with my Bachelor of Education in middle years. I then worked extensively as a teacher on-call in West Vancouver and with various private schools and focused my attention on creating physically and emotionally safe spaces for students to grow. Ultimately, this experience led me to Magnussen and Eaton-Arrowsmith, where carefully selected methods and principles of learning provide the best possible environment for students to reach their potentials. I feel so privileged to be part of these programs where my passion and educational philosophy truly align. Outside school, I still pursue learning, although now it is mostly through play with my toddler and inevitably looks like a tornado of toys, bubbles and baking supplies. I also love to read, eat, watch performing arts and dream of traveling with my young family.
I graduated with a teaching and business degree and, shortly after, was blessed with twin boys. During my time as a stay-at-home mom, I opened an online children’s store selling all things handmade by local artisans. I have always had a passion for teaching – especially in schools like Eaton Arrowsmith, as they have a positive impact on students’ lives. I decided to start substitute teaching classes at Eaton Arrowsmith and immediately knew it was a good fit for. I couldn’t imagine teaching anywhere else. I am so excited to be teaching full-time in the program and supporting each student’s growth.
Teaching has been my lifelong dream. In 2003, I completed a Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in primary education and English as a second language. Upon graduation, I worked extensively as a teacher on call, teaching a wide range of grades and curriculums. The following year, I implemented AIM, an accelerative, integrated method to teach junior school French at a local private school. In 2005, I had the pleasure of meeting Howard Eaton and the opportunity to work as an academic teacher at Eaton Arrowsmith. For five years, I worked in an environment that supported a community of learners, students, teachers, parents and caregivers like no other. In the spring of 2011, I was approached by Kristin Harbut and Roger Brunson and offered the position of Magnussen vice principal and academic teacher. At this point, I reflected on my kindergarten and primary teaching experiences and mentors. I could visualize the type of nurturing, compassionate, and stimulating classroom that could meet the social and academic needs of young people. I am grateful for this opportunity and I am committed to creating a primary program that rests on a solid foundation of academic, social and emotional skills.
I enjoy being a member of the Eaton Arrowsmith and Magnussen administration team. Working with children in a learning environment has always been a passion of mine. I am originally from Edmonton, Alberta but arrived here in beautiful British Columbia late 2015 and am only just beginning my journey in exploring and learning everything I possibly can about this amazing province. I hope to one day be in a more interactive and hands-on role with either children or seniors. In the meantime, I am excited to expand and utilize my skills in customer service and hospitality to the benefit of my colleagues and, of course, the children at Eaton Arrowsmith and Magnussen. Outside of my professional life, my interests include hiking, the batting cages and watching documentaries.
My teaching journey began in my formative years working at a children’s summer camp. It was there that my passion for working with youth and teaching grew. I received my undergraduate degree in Classical Studies from Bishop’s University in 2007. I then went on to teach kindergarten in Seoul, South Korea, both before and after I attended Teacher’s College at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in 2011. My experiences in Seoul and New Zealand were very eye opening, particularly pertaining to the field of Special Education. Those experiences encouraged me to explore Special Education in my own home, Canada, and focus my professional development in this field. I began working at Eaton Arrowsmith School as TOC and Student Aide in the 2013/2014 school year, and then had the wonderful and challenging opportunity to be a Cognitive Teacher from 2015 – 2017. In 2017, I went on to work with the Vancouver School Board teaching in various roles from resource support to curriculum teaching, while working on my professional development at U.B.C. in Counselling and Psychology. I feel very grateful to be re-joining the team at Eaton Arrowsmith Vancouver as a Cognitive Teacher, where I will continue to grow as an educator in such a dynamic, progressive environment. Outside of the classroom I enjoy travelling, yoga, hiking, and camping throughout our beautiful province.
After years of exploring several different career paths – from studying to be a pastry chef at Vancouver Community College to honing my artistic abilities at Langara College’s Fine Arts program – I found my true calling at EA Vancouver. I started in February 2012 working as a one-to-one student aide. Seeing the growth and positive change in our students was an exciting experience. I was inspired by them and my colleagues to strengthen my own skills and decided to go back to school. I continued to work as a student aide at EA Vancouver while attending the Education Assistant Program at Langara College. I gained more confidence and a wide variety of experience and strategies during my practicums. One was at a high school resource centre, another was at an elementary intermediate autism program and another at a behavioural remedial program. I learned a lot from my studies, but most importantly, I learned what it feels like to be a student. I make it my goal as a student aide to be a detective, an inventor and a chameleon. I use my keen observations to understand what every student needs. I use my creative strength to meet those needs and make learning fun. I use my ability to blend in and step back so students can use their new skills independently and feel confident in their abilities. After receiving my Education Assistant Certificate, I returned to EA Vancouver to be a part of the Summer Cognitive Intensive Program. When I’m not dedicating my life to helping others realize their full potential, I like to sing and play guitar, watch movies at the cinemas and put myself through intense boot camp-style workouts to help me keep in touch with our cognitive students and their hard work.
I have always envisioned being an educator because of my love for children and learning, and my desire to have a positive impact on children’s lives. I graduated in 2010 from the University of Victoria with a Professional Bachelor of Education degree, specializing in elementary curriculum. After working in public and private schools, I was excited to join EA White Rock when it first opened over six years ago. There, I taught math and English to our bright and creative learners for two years. I also had the privilege to serve as Principal for three years, and develop even closer relationships with our families and staff. I believe learning should be engaging and meaningful and I strive to help all of our students experience this through my teaching. Being cognitively trained in the Arrowsmith Program allows me to build cohesion between our cognitive and academic program, and create limitless opportunities for growth. After a memorable year with my family on maternity leave, I am excited to be back with the Eaton Arrowsmith community and look forward to returning to the classroom, learning alongside our courageous students in Vancouver.
Math is an interesting subject. Some of our students find comfort in its set rules and boundaries while others dread how restrictive numeric operations can be. A subject that is traditionally perceived as one-sided and rigid is actually flexible in many ways. We celebrate multiple perspectives in math. Students are invited to state their observations, disassemble and assemble numbers in different ways to reach the same answer, take multiple approaches to a question, make reasonable assumptions and stretch their imaginations. In short, everyone is a mathematician when they can come to class with an open mind and be given the opportunity to explore their relationship with math in a safe and nurturing environment.
After teaching in the cognitive classroom for a couple years, I am excited to be teaching mathematics. It is a treat to see the big and small changes that students experience when they pass certain cognitive milestones in the Arrowsmith Program. I am curious to see how those changes would impact their participation in math class and I plan to capture those moments to maximize their new capacity for learning.
I had always dreamed of becoming a teacher, but it wasn’t until my final years of high school that my love for the English language really flourished. An enthusiastic teacher that I looked up to inspired me. One of my teaching placements for my B.Ed was at a school for struggling students and I had the pleasure of teaching English with a locally developed curriculum and remedial reading. I was ecstatic when I was offered a full-time position teaching high school English in England. This experience solidified my passion for teaching and my enthusiasm for connecting students with their learning in a way that excites and engages them. In England, I taught children of varying abilities and loved it. When I returned to Canada I knew I wanted to continue working with and making a difference in the lives of students who learn differently. I am honoured to be working at EA and look forward to exploring the wonders of English every student.
My love for neuroscience brought me into the world of education. I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Science in psychology and a minor in political science. After college, I served two life-fulfilling years in AmeriCorps and immediately fell in love with teaching, putting cognitive psychology on the backburner. Feeling the need to see more of the world, I spent one of the most challenging years of my life teaching ESL in China. After returning to the US, I taught science and mathematics at a number of private schools, but was itching to get back to doing something regarding the brain. When I first heard about the Arrowsmith Program, I was so excited and amazed to see my love for neuroscience and my passion for education coupled perfectly together into one welcoming place. I knew instantly that I wanted to be a cognitive instructor. Outside of teaching, I spend my time outdoors, traveling or curled up with a good book.
I have always had a passion for working with children – especially individuals with learning disabilities. Through many summer jobs working with children with special needs, I knew that teaching was the right place for me. I received my teaching degree in Ontario from Nipissing University. I moved to British Columbia in 2009 and began teaching in 2010. I believe in lifelong learning and I am looking forward to passing this belief on to my students at Eaton Arrowsmith. I also believe in fostering positive and trusting relationships with all my students. During my free time I enjoy cooking, baking and reading. I love exploring the many hiking trails in and around the city with my husband and daughter. I am very excited to continue my educational journey with EA.
I’ve worked with children for more than 15 years – in both volunteer and teaching positions. I am excited to be part of Eaton Arrowsmith’s administrative team. I have always had a passion for working with children and helping to expand their minds. After years of volunteer work with my daughters’ schools – producing school plays, coordinating school events, running countless art projects, teaching small groups and assisting teachers in their administrative tasks – I have re-entered the workforce. Working at Eaton Arrowsmith gives me the opportunity to share my creative side, while utilizing my organizational side, which will enhance both the students and school learning experiences.
After completing my Bachelor of Arts in English at SFU, I decided I wanted to teach very young children and received my Early Childhood Educator Certificate from Capilano University. I taught preschool until the birth of my first child and then worked part-time until my youngest was in third grade, always enjoying volunteering in my children’s classes. I became an Orton-Gillingham tutor when my youngest son was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD, and began working at Eaton Arrowsmith in 2008. I joined the Cognitive teaching team in 2009, and I was thrilled that my journey led me back into the classroom. In 2012, I became principal of EA White Rock and watched the school grow from 17 students to 30 in just two years! As a teacher and principal, it was so exciting to help students understand how to change their cognitive capabilities (and their lives), and watch them blossom into more confident, eager learners. I am excited to work with the parent community, first by communicating solutions to their children’s struggles available in our schools and then by guiding the families’ journeys as their children make cognitive progress and realize their potentials. When I’m not teaching, I love hiking and skiing the trails of the North Shore mountains, cooking, reading and spending time with my four children.
My admiration for teachers and their ability to make a positive change in a student’s life developed into a desire to become an educator. I pursued a double major in the English Language arts and Education at the University of Calgary. While my degree titles focus on a specific age group and discipline, my schooling provided me the opportunity to engage with various age groups, disciplines and needs. I gained new skills and strategies for diverse needs while working in a specialized elementary program, and continued to build upon both previous and new skills when teaching in both junior and senior levels. I strongly believe in the power of teaching through relationships, as well as creating a safe learning environment and positive community in every school and classroom. Every experience and mentor throughout my educational journey thus far has deepened my passion for teaching, and as an educator, I strive to help others explore their passions.
I’m a passionate educator that tries to help each student achieve their potential. I like my classroom best when it is filled with curiosity, enthusiasm and victory. In moments when my students struggle, I extend great sympathy, support and belief in their capabilities. I graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors of Mathematics. I’ve held professional designations within consulting groups, insurance companies and software companies. I believe that compared to all my previous roles, teaching is the by far the most rewarding work I’ve done. I’m so pleased to join the EAS team and contribute to the amazing work they do here.
I have had the privilege of working at Eaton Arrowsmith since 2005 in varying positions, (senior math and head academic teacher and vice principal). Through these experiences, I learned the value of patience, connection and leadership – all key components that lead to a positive and healthy learning environment.
Teaching groups of children with varying abilities can be challenging and it takes a great deal of patience to do this successfully. My extensive background in mathematics allows me to appreciate different approaches to solving problems and teach concepts in a variety of ways depending on individual needs. Having a strong teacher/student connection creates a supportive environment in which students thrive. When learning new and often difficult concepts, I feel it is important for student to feel safe, to verbalize or question the concept and to gain confidence in their learning. By embracing creativity and students’ interests, I feel that I have been effective in establishing these principles.
Becoming a teacher was not a straightforward decision for me. But since joining EA in 2011, I can’t imagine doing anything else. I have had the privilege of being inspired by the talented young minds around me and by patient colleagues who guide me along the way. After spending 13 years living abroad, I returned to Canada to attend the University of British Columbia where I majored in Psychology and minored in Economics. I’ve spent the last three years working at EA as a T.A – a life changing experience. During my time spent in the classroom one thing has become crystal clear: it’s not the end result that is most crucial, but the small steps along the way. I hope to learn as much as possible from working with such gifted students and I want to make their time at EA as valuable and intrinsically rewarding as possible. Away from the classroom, I like to stay active and can be seen doing a variety of outdoor activities from attempting to snowboard without injury to keeping the ball out of the forest on the golf course.
I joined the Eaton Arrowsmith team as a school counselor during the 2016-2017 academic year. Prior to moving to Vancouver, I was a practicing psychologist in Australia for 18 years – working with children, adolescents and their families. Back in Australia, I established a multidisciplinary children’s therapy clinic, which was a one-stop shop integrating various therapeutic interventions for children up to 18 years of age and their families. In December 2013, I moved to Vancouver with my family and ran a social skills program out of EA Vancouver and did some work at Eaton Arrowsmith Adults.
I have always wanted to be a teacher because of my love for children and learning. I received my Bachelor of Education in 1993 in India and subsequently worked as a science teacher in a private school. After moving to Canada in 2001, special education came to my knowledge as a result of my daughter having a significant language disorder along with some learning issues. My desire to help students with learning challenges led me to obtain a Special Educational Assistant Diploma. I had the fortune to work and volunteer in different classrooms and educational programs with varied special needs students. I began my Eaton Arrowsmith journey in 2013 and am thrilled to be a part of this awesome team. It is a pleasure to work with such wonderful students and watch the amazing neuroplastic change in their cognitive abilities. Outside of school, I enjoy a happy life with my husband and two teenage daughters.
I’ve loved working with children for as long as I’ve been old enough to and just knew teaching was the career path I wanted to embark on. One of my biggest influences, was of course Miss Honey from Roald Dahl’s Matilda. She was the literary figure who first inspired me to teach, to see the remarkable, magical things in all children and do all that I can to nurture them. With that in mind, I began my teaching training at Ottawa University where I obtained my Bachelor of Education with a specialization in primary education and set out to Calgary, Alberta soon after to be the best teacher I could be. I spent three years with the Calgary Board of Education as a substitute special needs teacher-it was life changing. Through this experience, I have come to the realization that every child has the capacity to succeed, but we as teachers are responsible to bring out these strengths and to believe in all of their abilities so that optimal learning can take place for each and every student.
When I am not teaching you can usually find me along the water, usually running or simply listening and admiring the beauty that is our pacific ocean or finding the next best place to eat in Vancouver.
I am beyond excited to be part of the team here at Eaton Arrowsmith and am thrilled to be teaching one of my favourite subjects, mathematics!
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
So if you’re privileged enough to work with young people, aim to put the fish back in the sea and teach them how to swim.
In the late 80’s my family immigrated to Canada and we settled in Vancouver. I grew up here and know and love this city as my home. I have been teaching in one way or another, since I earned my Bachelor of Education from UBC in 2003. I have worked as a high school English teacher as well as an ESL teacher for most of my career. Helping people of all ages learn and have that “AHA!” moment is one of my favourite things in the world!
I am excited to be joining the Eaton Arrowsmith team, where I hope to continue to learn and grow as an educator and a parent of a child with a learning disability.
I am a speech-language pathologist and behaviour consultant from China. In early 2011, I joined a team of an Italian international cooperation volunteer organization – an NGO committed to fostering the dignity and fundamental rights of children with disabilities in China. Those rights included responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting inclusive education. Through this experience, I realized that my work could impact the living conditions of children and families. This was a source of happiness and great satisfaction. Since then, it has been my lifelong dream to support more children with disabilities. In China, there are huge needs and few resources. Helping children with disabilities continues to be a passion of mine. I was fortunate to volunteer at Magnussen and am deeply touched by the creative and individual education provided. Students are lucky to be able to study in such an inclusive environment. In my spare time, I love to explore Vancouver and am extremely fascinated by this colourful city.
When I was very young, I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to go to school with “the big kids”, so it came as no surprise that I grew up to be a teacher. I received my bachelor’s degree in sociology from Acadia University in Nova Scotia. My love of children and horses led me to work as a counselor and assistant head of horseback riding at a children’s camp for three summers. In 2006, I volunteered with a children’s therapeutic riding facility in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I then became a teaching assistant at a private school in a small town in England where the kids were a delight to teach. In 2008, I spent an exciting year in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh where I earned my post-graduate diploma in elementary education. When I returned to Canada the following year, I volunteered at a school in Montreal for children with physical disabilities before I became a teacher at a local nursery school. I always loved the idea of living on the west coast and moved here in 2010. I feel elated when a child succeeds at something we have worked on together. I love both the challenge and fulfillment of working at Eaton Arrowsmith. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, drawing, skiing, road biking, swimming, rowing and exploring Vancouver.
I am very honoured and excited to be working for Eaton Arrowsmith. This has been a dream of mine since I first came to learn about the Arrowsmith Program in 2001, when my parents enrolled me in the Arrowsmith School in Toronto. I attended the school for two years. Those two years changed my life. After returning from Toronto, I attended Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver and graduated in 2008. I went on to Thompson Rivers University to take Resort and Hotel Management. After a year, I still felt strongly that I should be working with children and adults who have learning disabilities. This led me to take a break from TRU and explore the world to decide what I would like to do. I wanted to find something that would allow me to give back to others who struggle with learning difficulties. I was offered an opportunity to finish my last year of the Arrowsmith Program at Eaton Arrowsmith Adults. This was another life-changing year, as it opened many opportunities for me. I then worked as an after school program teacher at Eaton Arrowsmith Adults. After working for six months as a teacher’s assistant in the classroom, I realised that this was what I really wanted to do. I went to Toronto for full Arrowsmith Program training and am now a certified cognitive instructor. I am very happy to be a teaching assistant at EA Vancouver. I know what it is like to struggle with a learning disability. It is painful and tiring, but I can tell you from experience that with hard work and dedication and the Arrowsmith Program, anyone can change their brains.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph and—following my dream to become an educator—went on to complete my Bachelor of Education at D’Youville College in New York state. As education coordinator for a learning centre in Guelph, Ontario, I developed both remedial and enriched academic programs for children and youth. I have worked with children, youth and adults with learning difficulties for several years and I am passionate about effectively meeting individual students’ specific learning needs. Even before pursuing my education degree, I was interested in teaching and working with students of all ages. I volunteered for Girl Guides of Canada, was a literacy volunteer for school-aged children, a literacy tutor for an adult with a developmental disability, an ESL teacher and a museum educational program volunteer at the City of Guelph Museum. I am a committed, lifelong learner and a compassionate, empathetic person. I followed the Arrowsmith Program because I had a keen interest in neuroplasticity and I joined Eaton Arrowsmith Adults as an instructor in 2010. I have been thrilled to see neuroplastic change in action. I believe that research in neuroplasticity will continue to have important implications in education. I thoroughly enjoy working with the students at EA Adults to help them change their lives and am also keen to pursue further research in education and neuroscience. I enjoy spending my leisure time volunteering, gardening, cycling and enjoying Vancouver’s many outdoor activities. But my greatest joy comes from spending time with my husband Matthew and our son, Arrow, who was born in July of 2011.
Before coming to EA, I worked with the Vancouver School Board for 10 years as an alternative educator in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). Recently, I took time off to pursue a concurrent master’s program in special education and counselling psychology. The focus of my special education stream has been on learning disabilities (LD) in K – 3 aged children. Because I have struggled with LD/ADHD throughout my life, this is a very personal area of interest, as well as a professional focus. I took a rather circuitous route to becoming a teacher. I worked as a longshoreman in the Canadian Armed Forces (at home and abroad) and as a freelance writer and editor. I am particularly excited to be working with EA as it provides me the opportunity to deepen my understanding of—and experiences with—students struggling with learning differences and how this affects their socio-emotional well-being.
Thank you EVERYONE who attended, performed, and supported the 2nd Annual Eaton Arrowsmith Redmond’s Got Talent Show! There were so many magical moments that our student’s and community contributed to we hope you felt the warmth of the love shared here that night as well. Plus, through our snack… Read More »
You’re invited to the screening of Mindset Matters, a 45-minute documentary film that follows a Surrey, BC class participating in the six week PowerPlay Young Entrepreneur program, and documents the students’ journey, placing special focus on four students who have unique social and educational needs. After, you’ll have the opportunity… Read More »