Teachers and staff make EA, ECIC 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 programs for children, young adults and adults that are specifically design to be life-enhancing. My focus has been on building educational environments that work with children with a variety of special needs profiles – from those who are diagnosed 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 five new schools have opened including Magnussen School, Eaton Cognitive Improvement Centre in Vancouver and additional Eaton Arrowsmith locations in White Rock and Redmond, WA. I am also the co-founder of the Watson Centre for Brain Health, a centre designed to bring the Arrowsmith Program, along with mindfulness, exercise and nutrition, to those recovering from brain injury.Currently, I am spending time developing brain imaging research opportunities for the Arrowsmith Program at various universities across North America. I also speak and write books on topics from educational neuroscience to learning disabilities.
Sarah Cohen has a passion for learning and the richness that it brings to life. She has been working with Howard Eaton in the field of learning disabilities since 2002 and was part of Eaton Arrowsmith at its inception. She has moved through several key roles in the school and is now supporting the whole Eaton Educational Group staff, students, and families through human resources. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major of economics and religious studies, and a Bachelor of Education. She is currently studying human resources at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Sarah is an active wife and a mother of two boys. She is an avid runner, cyclist, meditation student, home chef, and reader.
I am very excited to be part of the Eaton Educational Group as the chief information officer and facilities manager. I feel fortunate that my knowledge of technology can, in some small way, help to 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 had the fortune of joining Eaton Educational Group 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 Educational Group, 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!
After graduating from the University of Guelph in 2003 with a history degree, I did some travelling and lived and worked in the UK and Australia where I met people with all kinds of backgrounds. I moved to Vancouver in 2008 and started putting down some roots. The culture and wide range of outdoor activities drew me to the city. Prior to EA, I worked with Vancouver Organizing Committee’s (VANOC) transportation department. It was such a great opportunity to be involved in the 2010 Olympics. Outside of work I enjoy snowboarding, soccer, reading and travelling. I am proud to be part of the EA team and look forward to meeting you.
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 School.
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 into my current role of admissions director for the Eaton Arrowsmith family of schools, welcoming families into Eaton Arrowsmith in Vancouver, White Rock, Victoria and Redmond; Eaton Cognitive Improvement Centers in Vancouver and West Vancouver; 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, travelling, sewing, watching hockey, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
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 communications director and admissions specialist I look forward to reaching out to the public in order to share my knowledge of not only the Arrowsmith Program, but of the incredible community spirit that exists at the school. When I am not at the school I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, Kate and Sam. I also enjoy running, hiking and connecting with good friends.
What a privilege it is to be leading Eaton Arrowsmith Academy 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. Over 10 years of serving as a Special Educator in public schools has been wonderful in providing me with experience working with students and their families from diverse backgrounds and a wide array of disabilities that interfere with learning. However, my hard work and that of my students was frequently frustrated by the fact that real cognitive change was not happening. My discovery of 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, and 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 over 30 years. We have 3 grown children and 2 adorable “grands”. I enjoy reading good books, growing veggies in my garden, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Working with the students and staff of Eaton Arrowsmith and Magnussen School is an incredibly rewarding and humbling experience. The students at EA come prepared each day to challenge what is most difficult in their learning and work to improve their lives through the Arrowsmith Program. At Magnussen School I am inspired by the connections that our students and teachers share and by what students can accomplish in an academic setting once their passions and strengths are realized. When I taught in public school classrooms, I noticed that a number of students struggled to learn the content. After graduating from the University of Alberta with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Social Studies, I spent my time teaching in an inner city school. Many of the students faced various social and learning difficulties. My time there was very valuable as I created many bonds with students and families in the community. I discovered how a strong community can positively affect a child’s learning. My other important teaching experiences came from my time in a Grade 6 International Baccalaureate classroom because I learned how different ways of teaching can help students reach full academic potential. In my free time I am an avid cyclist and runner. I also enjoy relaxing around the city with my wife and our two children.
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 his learning from an early age. This was hard for me to watch. It was his experience in education that helped me to 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 the past 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 ECIC 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, whenever 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, so 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.
After completing my bachelor’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, I taught ESL in Nagoya, Japan for two years. While in Japan, I had the good fortune to work with students of all ages and backgrounds. I had a profound sense of belonging in the classroom and knew that I wanted my career to be in the field of education. Upon returning to Canada, I attended Queen’s University and received my Bachelor of Education degree, specializing in English and history at the high school level. While teaching at a high school in Toronto, I was disheartened to find that many students’ needs were not being met in the traditional education system. This realization forced me to look for non-traditional approaches to learning. I was thrilled to discover the Arrowsmith School in Toronto where I worked as a program co-coordinator and cognitive teacher before packing up and moving to Vancouver. I consider it a privilege to have worked with the team at the Eaton Cognitive Improvement Centre in Vancouver and see first-hand how this program and its dedicated staff help students change their cognition and their whole lives. It is with great excitement that I am now leading the Vancouver ECIC team. Outside of ECIC I spend most of time running, hiking and enjoying all that beautiful British Columbia has to offer, with my dog and good friends.
As someone who has struggled in school with dyslexia and dyscalculia, I knew I wanted to help kids in similar situations. It has become so important to me that their learning journeys build up their self-confidence. After years of all sorts of after school programs and going back and fourth between public and private schools, I thought I had tried it all however, in 2014, I was convinced into giving ECIC (the adult program) a chance. These years would become the most useful three years of my life. But what was more amazing to me, was the mental and emotional changes that happened between myself and all of my peers. Both knowing the cognitive exercises first hand and how hard you have to work each and every day to make new neuropathways, makes me all the more passionate about encouraging all the students at EAS. I am tremendously honoured to be a part of this community.
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 life-long pursuit of learning and teaching. Throughout high school I tutored and mentored students both in and outside of class where I 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. Since then I have worked extensively as a teacher on-call in West Vancouver and with various private schools and have focused my attention on creating physically and emotionally safe spaces for students to grow. Ultimately this led me to Magnussen 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 this program where my passion and educational philosophy truly aligns. Outside of 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 travelling with my young family.
I graduated with a teaching and business degree and shortly after I was blessed with twin boys. During my time as a stay at home mom, I opened an online kids store selling all things handmade by local artisans! My passion has always been in teaching and especially teaching in a school such as Arrowsmith that makes a positive difference for all my students. I decided to start substitute teaching in the classrooms at Arrowsmith and immediately knew it was the best fit for me and couldn’t imagine teaching anywhere else. I am so excited to be teaching full-time in the program and helping support your children’s growth.
I obtained my undergraduate degree in Developmental Psychology in 2003, kick-starting my passion for working with those who struggle with learning differences. During that time I worked closely with a neuropsychologist in writing an honours thesis examining the relationship between motor impairment and intellectual functioning. This work fostered my interest in teaching students with special needs, prompting me to attend teachers college and volunteer in a special education classroom. Upon graduation, I worked for five years in the Ontario public school system, primarily in a special education setting, before taking some time to work and travel in Europe. I then decided to continue my teaching career in Australia, where I gained new experiences working in a collaborative, dynamic, open learning community. I have recently moved to Vancouver and am thrilled that my journey has brought me to Eaton Arrowsmith and the innovative work they are doing with students. I look forward to building strong relationships with students, and fostering confidence and independence as we work through the program together. In my free time I enjoy hiking, reading, movies, shopping, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
I have always been interested in learning new things, from languages and sports to art and music and, of course, academic subjects. Mathematics has consistently been a passion of mine. I graduated from UBC with a degree in Mathematics in 1994. I then worked for two years as a math tutor and taught SAT and LSAT preparation. I followed that with a graduate degree in Finance from the University of Illinois. After working in Chicago and New York in the fields of banking and software I returned to Vancouver and shortly thereafter entered the Faculty of Education at UBC for my teacher training. I worked as a math teacher for twelve years at a local private high school before returning to UBC once again to study computer science. After three years of coursework at UBC and online I decided to return to teaching and was very lucky that Eaton Arrowsmith was in need of a Math Teacher. I have been interested in neuroplasticity and the work of Barbara Arrowsmith Young for many years and I followed the founding of Eaton Arrowsmith closely. I really admire the work that has been done at Eaton Arrowsmith and the willingness to incorporate many different ideas and philosophies to enhance the lives of the students and to make the school a dynamic place to work.
My passion for learning about the world, growing as an individual and as an active participant in various communities, and joy in helping others began at a very young age. I have always wanted to teach and I believe this stems from having positive role models such as my family members, teachers, and friends influence and guide me throughout my life- this is absolute teamwork! Learning is a lifelong adventure and is my philosophy that I live by when working together with each and every student that I am fortunate to meet.
I earned my Bachelor of Education degree from McGill University (Montreal, 2006) specializing in Kindergarten and Elementary Education. Fueled by my love of travel, upon graduation I ventured to London, England to work as a supply teacher in various school settings. The majority of my teaching experience comes from having worked for the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board in the Laval/Laurentians/Montreal area mostly within the upper elementary levels in the public school system. Intent on seeking new adventures around the world, I went on to teach in Baku, Azerbaijan and most recently in Lampang, Thailand at a pre-k/kindergarten private school. Always fascinated by the west coast of Canada, I have decided to make Vancouver my home in order to root myself back in my own country and be closer to my family.
Away from the classroom, I have a keen interest in all things related to sports. You can find me kicking a soccer ball on the pitch, skiing the slopes at Whistler, or cycling the beautiful paths all around British Columbia any day of the week. I also enjoy painting and photography in my spare time.
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 School 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.
As my lifelong dream to become an educator, I had the fortune to work and volunteer in various classrooms and educational programs. Through the University of British Columbia, I received my Bachelors of Science in 2012. From there, I went on to receive my Bachelors of Education degree the following year in 2013. My opportunities have led me to work with children, youth and young adults with various learning difficulties. In addition, I have worked as a School-age Assistant, Private Tutor and ESL Teacher. Every position that I have held in the past solidified my passion for the education sector. This drive has led me to find the Eaton Arrowsmith Program. I am very excited to start my first year at ECIC as a Cognitive Instructor. I love to learn and experience new things and I look forward to extending this passion into my time at ECIC. I believe that the Arrowsmith Program and its ties to neuroplasticity can be very beneficial for diverse learners. The potential for all learners in the program is astounding and I hope to be part of their transformations. I love that I live in Vancouver, a city with endless opportunities to learn and have fun. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, baking, painting and finding the best coffee shops for people watching.
Joining the Eaton Arrowsmith and Magnussen administration will without a doubt be a very exciting experience for me, as working with children in a learning environment has always been a passion of mine. I truly believe that working with this school will cater to my deep desire to discover a great sense of purpose and gratification, which is something I think we all should strive for every day – and for this, I am truly grateful. I am originally from Edmonton, Alberta but arrived here in beautiful British Columbia late 2015, and to no surprise am still 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 here at Eaton Arrowsmith and Magnussen. Outside of my professional life, my interests include hiking, the batting cages, and watching documentaries!
I am very excited and honored to be working as a Student Aid at Eaton Arrowsmith (EAS). I was enrolled in EAS when I was in high school and have experienced how tough the program can be but also how the teachers and staff can make things fun. During my time in college and work, I would put some time aside to volunteer with summer, after-school and weekend children programs. I really started to have a passion for working with children and jumped at the opportunity working with children full-time. I hope to be able to encourage children just like the teachers who taught and helped me.
After years of exploring several different career paths, from studying to be a pastry chef at Vancouver Community College, to honing in on my artistic abilities at Langara College’s Fine Arts program, I finally found my true calling at EAS 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 ECIC Oakridge 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 at an elementary Intermediate autism program, and another at a behavioural remedial program. I learned a lot from my studies, but the most important lesson I learned was: 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 will use my keen observations to understand what a student needs. I will use my creative strength to meet those needs and make learning fun. I will use my ability to blend in and step back so that the student can use their new skills independently and feel confident in their abilities. After receiving my Education Assistant Certificate, I went back to EAS Vancouver to be a part of the Symbol Relations Summer Intensive Program. While 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 wanted to be an educator because of my love for children and learning, and my desire to have a positive impact on children’s lives. With the dream of becoming a teacher, I graduated from the University of Victoria with a Professional Bachelor of Education degree, specializing in elementary curriculum in 2010. I then spent time teaching in public and private schools before joining EA White Rock when it first opened. For the past two years I have had the pleasure of teaching math and English to our bright and enthusiastic learners. 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 also allows me to build cohesion between our cognitive and academic program and create limitless opportunities for learning. In my spare time I love visiting with my friends and family. My favourite hobbies include reading, running, singing, and surfing. I’m excited to be a part of the EA community in my new role as principal and I look forward to sharing your children’s achievements and progress in the upcoming school year.
Math is an interesting subject to say the least; some of our students find comfort in its set rules and boundaries while some dreads how restrictive numeric operations can be. A subject that is traditionally perceived as one sides and rigid is actually rather flexible in many ways. We celebrate multiple perspectives in math in that students are invited to state their observations, disassemble and assemble numbers in many different ways to the same answer, take multiple approaches to a question, make reasonable assumptions, and stretch our imagination. In short, everyone is a mathematician when they can come into math 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 the past couple of years, I am excited to be teaching Mathematics this year. It was always a treat to notice the big and small changes that students had when they cross certain cognitive milestones in their Arrowsmith Program in the cognitive classroom. 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.
As a student I immersed myself in philosophy, psychology and comparative religion, as well as music and language. My fascination with the complexity of the brain, how different people think and experience the world, as well as my love for empowering others and sharing ideas, led me to the field of education. I began my career teaching rhythm and percussion classes at Chief Sealth International High School and Northwest School where I worked with students from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and from all around the world. Over the last four years I taught multiple subjects in middle and high school classrooms at the Academy for Precision Learning. While there, I worked closely with students with a diverse range of ability and challenges, including those on the autistic spectrum. I am thrilled to be part of the Eaton Arrowsmith faculty as a cognitive instructor and to have the opportunity to combine neuroscience and education to empower students to overcome challenges, strengthen skills and reach their full potential. I live with my wife and two daughters in Seattle, Washington.
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. I was inspired by an enthusiastic and inspirational teacher. 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 honored to be working at EA and look forward to exploring the wonders of English with your children!
It was my love for neuroscience that 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 states, 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 of 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 traveling, being outdoors, or curled up inside with a good book.
My journey with Eaton Arrowsmith started in 2006 when I was finishing my combined Bachelor of Arts and Education degree and was hired as a student aide. I have always had a passion for working with children and helping them succeed at school so I loved this program immediately. Since then I have continued my career with the Arrowsmith program in a few different roles. I have been a cognitive teacher for elementary and high school students here at EAS Vancouver. I helped open an Arrowsmith program in Alberta and was the head teacher there for 3 years. And now I am excited to reach out and share my knowledge and experience in my current role of Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications. When I am not at work I am a proud mother to my twin daughters and my little dog. My hobbies are hot yoga classes, Pinterest, home decorating, and cooking healthy meals for my family.
I completed my Bachelor of Education degree at the University of British Columbia in 2006. While studying at UBC, I worked as an English tutor at the UBC Writing Centre. This position gave me an understanding of the varying needs and abilities of learners and provided me with a greater appreciation of the benefits of one-to-one and small group learning. While working as a teacher on call, I developed a stronger awareness of the support needed for students with learning disabilities. I strongly believe that individualized educational support is essential to improving personal wellbeing and educational performance. Eaton Arrowsmith provides an excellent opportunity for students to reach their full potential and it is for this reason that I have chosen to continue my teaching career at EA. Outside of school I love to snowboard, bike, hike, spend time with friends, and cook. I look forward to being a part of the EA team and experiencing the achievements of our students!
I graduated from McGill University in 2004 with a B.Ed in Kindergarten and Elementary Education. I was accepted into a Master’s programme at McGill before finding out my husband and I were relocating to Vancouver for his work. I have taught in both the elementary and high school settings and developed a niche for working with students with learning challenges. My passion for teaching was inspired by my kindergarten teacher, who instilled a passion for life- long learning in me. I strive to impart the same passion for learning in all of my students, who over the years have become my new source of inspiration. In June 2015, I moved across the country leaving Montreal and John Rennie High School, my home. I am looking forward to building a new adventure on the West Coast and excited that Eaton Arrowsmith will be part of my new home.
I have always had a passion for working with children, especially those with learning disabilities. Through many summer jobs working with children with special needs, I knew that teaching was the right place for me. I grew up and received my teaching degree in Ontario from Nipissing University. I moved to B.C. 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 (EA). 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.
With over 15 years’ experience working with children both volunteering and teaching, I am excited to join the Eaton Arrowsmith 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.
Since graduating with my B.A in Psychology in 2011, my career has focused on helping people. Through my five years in human resources and work in clinics in Brazil, I found my passion to do something meaningful, influence other’s lives positively, and support people in their emotional growth. I have called Vancouver home for two years and joined Eaton Arrowsmith as a student aide in 2016. Helping children achieve even the smallest of changes has been an inspiring and an amazing experience.
Outside of school, I value activities that bring people together to share, enjoy, hope, and think deep thoughts.
I have had the privilege of working at Eaton Arrowsmith School since 2005 in varying positions, (senior math and head academic teacher and vice principal) and it has been through these experiences that I have learned the value of patience, connection and leadership that I believe are key components that lead to a positive and healthy learning environment.
Teaching to 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 be able to teach concepts in a variety of ways depending on the individual. 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 the student to feel safe, to verbalize or question the concept and to gain confidence in their learning. By embracing creativity and students’ interest I feel that I have been effective in establishing these principles.
I am looking forward to teaching your children and working with the Magnussen team.
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 3 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.
It is our pleasure to introduce Renaty Layton, who will be joining the Eaton Arrowsmith team as a School Counselor starting in the 2016-2017 academic year! Prior to moving to Vancouver two and a half years ago she was a practicing psychologist in Australia for 18 years working with children, adolescents and their families. Back in Australia she 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 her whole family moved to Vancouver, and over the past year and a half she has been running a social skills program out of EAS Vancouver and has spent time working at Eaton Cognitive Improvement Centre. We are thrilled to have Renaty Layton working with us and our students starting this fall and in the years to come.
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 journey in Eaton Arrowsmith School in 2013, and I 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 come to Eaton Arrowsmith with a love of teaching that was instilled in me at an early age. My mother and both my grandmothers were teachers. I attended the University of California at Berkeley and received a B.A. in Sociology and two graduate teaching credentials in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. I have had a variety of teaching experiences in Berkeley, California, Incline Village, Nevada, and Sandpoint Idaho. I have three beautiful children that I home schooled due to various levels of Dyslexia. I wish I would have had the benefit of the Eaton Arrowsmith Schools as I was raising my children. I am excited to be a part of this innovative program.
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 counsellor 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 attend the school for two years. Those two years were extremely life changing. 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 the Eaton Cognitive Improvement Centre. This was another life changing year, as it opened many opportunities for me. I then worked as an after school program teacher at the Eaton Cognitive Improvement Center. 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 the Eaton Cognitive Improvement centre 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 ECIC 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 EAS, 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. During this last year and a half 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 having worked as a longshoreman, in the Canadian Armed Forces—at home and abroad, and as freelance writer and editor. I am particularly excited to be working with EAS 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.
On May 15th 2017 Eaton Arrowsmith Vancouver cognitive and academic staff members came together, along with some of our alumni parents and students for our first ever round table discussion about life before, during and especially after Eaton Arrowsmith! Everything you’ve ever wanted to know and more about the transition to and… Read More »
Join us online via our YouTube channel for our first ever round table discussion with current Eaton Arrowsmith cognitive and academic teachers, EA alumni students and their parents as we discuss life before,during and especially after Eaton Arrowsmith! Everything you’ve ever wanted to know and more about the transition to… Read More »