Teachers and staff make EA and EA Adults 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. My blog, focusing on research, teachings and a positive future for those with learning disabilities, can be found here.
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 (UBC), 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 (EA).
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. In my current role as Eaton Arrowsmith’s Registrar, I welcome new students and families into all of our Eaton Arrowsmith and Eaton Arrowsmith Adults locations and programs. I 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, dancing, photography, traveling, sewing, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
Before working at Eaton Arrowsmith I was travelling and living abroad in New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Thailand, and Haiti. While living in some of these countries, I was doing humanitarian work in children’s homes and providing safe environments for children previously living in poverty. I started working at Eaton Arrowsmith School Vancouver in the Fall of 2017 as a one to one student aide. Since that time, I have worked in several different classrooms as a student aide, teaching assistant, and homework program supervisor, during our full time, Summer Intensive and Part-Time programs. Working with children abroad and at EA has been a humbling experience. It has inspired me to remember that everyone is going through something and that it is my mission to be supportive and understanding of everyone, including those in our school community, but most importantly our students.
Working 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 administration to the benefit of myself, my colleagues, and of course, the children at Eaton Arrowsmith. Outside of my professional life, my interests include hiking, running and watching movies.
As someone who has been through the Arrowsmith Program, I have seen firsthand how helpful it can be and how much the teachers and staff at the school care about you. Seeing my students gain confidence and grow in Eaton Arrowsmith’s supportive and caring environment brings me great pleasure. With my experience of the cognitive program and understanding of how taxing it can be, I hope to be able to reciprocate that with the children I work with. I am very excited to be a Cognitive instructor for Eaton Arrowsmith and it has been an honour and a privilege to be able to help shape and strengthen the young minds of Eaton Arrowsmith. On my free time I enjoy watching movies and exploring new neighborhoods.
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.
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.
Challenging the brain has always driven my interests. I grew up in a society wherein education gets priority over all spheres of life. As a child I was driven by undying passion towards Mathematics and the Sciences, which yet thrives to be my area of expertise. I’m a double graduate in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. I received a concentration in cellular and molecular genetics during my degree at a Canadian university.
When I read about the program and the exercises delivered at Eaton Arrowsmith, I was intrigued by this unique layout of learning. I’ve worked as a Teaching Assistant, Academic on call and a Substitute Teacher here, and had fascinating revelations about the functioning of the brain. I’ll also be delivering the Lindamood-Bell programs- Seeing Stars and Visualize and Verbalize.
Observing the students unleash their brain potential and learning exciting things from the students here, provides me genuine satisfaction.
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.
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.
From the first day I started volunteering on a child helpline back in 2012, I quickly realised that supporting children was the job I was meant to do. Being someone who struggled during their school years, I was so grateful for the network around me that supported me during this struggle and I love that now I can part of a similar type of network and give students the opportunity to flourish in the way that I was given.
My time as a child helpline counsellor and my training as a professional counsellor has really given me the tools to appreciate how difficult it is day-to-day for students in the Arrowsmith program and I want to use these experiences along with my own personal experience to help them to become the superstars that I know they are.
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 have always wanted to be an educator. I knew the importance of a good educator from my childhood experiences in Singapore. Life sometimes takes you on a winding path and for me, it was filled with learning opportunities. After graduating university with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Counselling and Human Development, I worked in Early Childhood Education for 6 years and implemented the Reggio-Emilia approach. During this time, I entertained the idea of becoming an educator and finally took the leap when I stumbled upon an old assignment from my elementary school that stated my hopes of becoming an educator. I took that as a sign and went back to university and received my Bachelor’s in Education with a minor in Learning Disabilities. Upon graduation, a great opportunity came along, and I moved to London to teach students with the primarily diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I learnt how to create fun, engaging individualized lessons that catered to my students’ interests. I am excited to join the Eaton-Arrowsmith family and create fun, engaging lessons. I believe every child has to potential to succeed in whatever they want to do and with the right tools, they can.
I earned my Bachelor of Education from UBC in 2003 and have been working as a teacher ever since. I have been fortunate enough to travel and teach abroad for a few years and have learned a lot about different teaching methods and different styles of learning along the way. Working with people of different ages, backgrounds (academic or industry) and abilities Finding new ways to help people of all ages and abilities learn and have that “Aha!” moment is one of my favourite things in the world!
I am so happy to have joined the Eaton Arrowsmith team, where I have found great alignment between my own philosophy of teaching and learning and actual practices. It is exciting to see students change their brains!
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.
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