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 six new schools have opened including Magnussen School, Eaton Cognitive Improvement Centre (Vancouver and West Vancouver) and additional Eaton Arrowsmiths in Victoria, White Rock and Redmond. 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.
I work with the school’s management team in order to ensure that we continue to serve our community in a way that inspires positive change. I have been a part of this team for the past 10 years and am proud to have worked in varying capacities from teacher to vice principal and principal to assistant director. Learning differences/disabilities has been a field of interest for me since I was diagnosed with Dyslexia early on in elementary school. My experiences with education early on helped me to develop an interest in understanding different learning profiles in more depth. I earned my bachelor’s degree in 2001 from the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. Following that, I completed a master’s degree in educational leadership. My formal career in education began in 2001 with the Eaton Coull Learning Group where I worked with education professionals (district administrators, principals and teachers) to help students with learning disabilities better understand the nature of their learning differences and then devise and implement plans to steer around these difficulties. Since September 2005, in my many roles within this team, I have seen firsthand the overwhelmingly positive impact that strengthening specific neurological capacities can have in all aspects of a student’s life. As the CEO I look forward to working closely with our students, parents, founder/director, principals, administrative staff and teachers to ensure that we continue to provide our students with the highest quality educational experience possible.
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.
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.
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.
As an innately passionate and enthusiastic young 19 year old from Melbourne, Australia, I’ve always believed that the best learning any individual can acquire is through the life changing experiences that life spontaneously yet beautifully throws our way. My family and I made the decision to move to Vancouver from the end 2012-2014 after hearing about the Arrowsmith program. It was the first step towards the most incredibly rewarding emotional, academic and cognitive experience of my life to date. Thanks to the amazing Eaton Arrowsmith team, my family and fellow Vancouverite friends, I was finally able to truly embrace the person I am in all my capabilities. After completing my program that would usually take 3-4 years achieved in 18 months, my self-image, happiness and assurance in my independence sky-rocketed. The passion for helping people that I have always had was nurtured by my experiences at Eaton Arrowsmith. This significantly helped me when I travelled to Vietnam in 2015 to volunteer with orphans that were victims of the Agent Orange chemical warfare; an eye opening and moving experience. Similarly, I have a great passion for trying to reduce the critical issue of homelessness and where, on a regular basis, I have been working with charities here in Melbourne that deal with this issue. Feeding, interacting with and giving self-worth to these forgotten individuals of our society has always been important to me. Most recently, I’ve spoken to principals, teachers, families and children from across Melbourne about implementing the Arrowsmith Program into our schools here to assist in the colossal mission of changing the face of Australia’s education system forever. My studies in Psychology at school this year have explored varied topics such as neuroplasticity, learning and the power of memory, and has encouraged me to pursue a career in Psychology. I aim to transfer this degree into a Master of Teaching specializing in Special Education. At the conclusion of my 2 year long stint of Grade 12, my dream of working with the team that ignited my passion for change and challenge in the first place has come true. I will be taking a Gap Year and returning to Vancouver at the end of 2016 as part of the Eaton Arrowsmith team. Here I will be imbuing my enthusiasm and belief in the great ability of every individual into an array of different positions such as administrative support, bridging the gap in Australian/ Canadian understanding of learning disabilities, and interacting with wonderful parents, students and staff. When I am not busy trying to change certain aspects of the world, you can find me hitting the ski slopes, speaking French, singing, appreciating theatre, book worming, boxing and travelling. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity and beyond ready to make my impact with the Eaton Arrowsmith team who are developing minds and changing lives every day.
I come to Eaton Arrowsmith with a rich history of working with children and families. I have been blessed to work at a variety of programs as a counselor and therapist, including residential and day treatment, mental health agencies, juvenile department, outward bound, and public schools. My longest position (11 years) was working with at-risk students at the middle and high schools, which led me to move into district wide positions developing social skill programs for the classroom and school-wide level. I became interested in School Administration and went back to school and obtained my administrative license. I was given the opportunity to work at both a middle and an elementary school as an assistant principal. It was a great fit, allowing me to use both my Masters in Counseling and Administrative License. Following this position, I worked part time doing some coaching and providing assessments for principals/schools for the State of Oregon Department of Education until full retirement a couple years ago.
On a personal note, my family has always been my top priority, I am blessed with a supportive husband of 41 years, 29 year old twins and 4 precious grandchildren. I love the outdoors especially hiking and white water rafting, and I have a strong personal commitment to physical and emotional fitness.
Eaton Arrowsmith is a great match for my passion of working with children who are struggling. Throughout my career I have at times been frustrated with not finding learning opportunities for some of the children and families I have been serving. Eaton Arrowsmith is addressing these issues and I am humbled and absolutely delighted that I have skills and passion to offer this innovative process. I have a strong belief in building relationships, team work, collaboration, creating a safe environment for the entire school community, and always doing what is best for 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.
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.
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.
My journey to working with children with special needs was a natural step after completing my bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of British Columbia in 2012. I began working as a behaviour interventionist with a number of families and enjoyed working 1:1 with children on the autism spectrum. Eager to connect and work with children with diverse needs, challenges, and strengths, I began my current position as a student aide at Eaton Arrowsmith in early 2016. The time that I have been here has been an enriching and eye-opening experience and I’m excited to be starting a fresh new year, seeing some familiar faces as well as getting to know new students. I believe the best part of my journey so far is helping a child reach their goal, no matter how small.
I am very excited to be a part of the Eaton Arrowsmith program and provide support to the staff and families! Prior to joining Eaton Arrowsmith in Redmond I spent three years teaching preschool and almost nine as an administrative assistant. When my husband and I relocated to Redmond in 2015 I was fortunate enough to find this position that fulfills my passion for students/education and also utilizes my administrative expertise. Outside of work I enjoy exploring the Seattle area, cooking/baking, traveling, reading and visiting “home” in California.
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 have been a resident of this beautiful state of Washington for over ten years now. I grew up an “army brat”, a term lovingly attached to the children of military parents. I was one of 13 children and born in Heidleberg, Germany. Much of my younger years were spent in various parts of Europe until my dad retired from the Army in 1983. My family settled in Salisbury, MD where I attended Wicomico Senior High School and graduated in 1991. Shortly after, I joined the US Air Force and became a military photographer for five years. When I got out, I attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas and graduated in 2000 with my BA in Communication Studies. I got married in 2001 and moved to Seattle where I had my first daughter, Alexandra in 2005. After her birth, I went to visit my sister in Nevada to show off my new bundle of joy. While there, I was able to do some volunteering in my sister’s special education classroom and fell in love with it! I had found my passion and decided to change my career path. Shortly after the birth of my second daughter, Maya in 2010, I received my ME in Special Education from Grand Canyon University and began teaching a year later. I have been teaching ever since and absolutely love it. I am so excited to be a part of the Arrowsmith team of teachers and look forward to a wonderful year!
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.
Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. Evasick lived life on the wild side, working as a wildlife biologist for the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. Even in remote wilderness the teaching bug found him however, and he took his first teaching position as a high school science teacher in 2000. Since then, Mr. “E” (as his students call him) has worked to grow as an educator; teaching a wide range of students and developing curriculum for many unique hands-on courses, such as a zoology class which conducted field studies in cooperation with a local wildlife refuge and a “Science Explorations” class which explored science concepts in a shop setting. “If you can touch, smell (sometimes not so good) and manipulate science and math concepts, they are easier to understand,” Mr. E likes to say. “They are no longer intimidating, but rather something directly applicable to real life and worth exploring more.” Throughout his years of teaching, Mr. E not only developed a reputation for hands-on science and a contagious love of learning; but also a commitment to students who struggle. This dedication led him to become an academic resource teacher his final year of working for the Seattle Archdiocese Schools; where he taught for 8 years, prior to coming to Eaton Arrowsmith. “I found my true niche,” says Mr. E. “A teaching job where my creativity and flexibility as an educator really makes a difference in my students’ lives.” Mr. E lives in the mountains with his wife, who he met and married while in college. They have a Basset Hound named Bailey who has more than earned the pampering she receives in her retirement years. She is also known as the “Angel Basset”, since she was adopted at 20-months-old as a “therapy dog” while Mr. E went through a difficult battle with cancer. Now that he is more than a decade in remission, Bailey the Angel Basset has clearly done her job well! An additional member of the family is an elderly tabby cat with green eyes, named Darwin, who loves to have his tummy rubbed. In his free time, Mr. E enjoys time with his wife and pooch, fishing (or attempting to), hiking, reading and long-range target shooting.
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.
As a Magnussen School alumnus, I have experienced first-hand the passion and dedication that the teaching staff bring to our schools. I work to keep our computers and other technology running smoothly so our teachers can focus on their primary duties. Outside of work I enjoy playing video games, drawing, and videography.
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!
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.
My teaching journey began in my formative years working at a children’s summer camp. It was there that my passion for 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 both eye opening and inspiring, particularly within the realm of Special Education. Those experiences encouraged me to explore special education in Canada and focus my professional development in this field. I have completed the first part of a three-part course in special education through Queen’s University, and am continuing my studies in this field. I moved to Vancouver last fall and began working at Eaton Arrowsmith as a teacher on call, and this past winter I began a position as a student support teacher. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work and grow as an educator in such a dynamic environment and am looking forward to continuing this journey with the students and staff at Eaton Arrowsmith this fall. As a teacher, I hope to inspire my students because they inspire me. I wish to create a passion for learning as I myself continue to learn. Outside the classroom I enjoy yoga, hiking, camping and sailing.
My time at Eaton Arrowsmith has been incredibly rewarding and I feel very fortunate for the experience. Unlike many of my co-workers, I never thought I would ever work in education. When I was younger I was fascinated by people’s behaviour, which led me to pursue a degree in psychology from UBC. I was drawn towards working with children, gaining experience through tutoring, working with underprivileged youth, and running recreational programs. I was interested in their social and emotional development, helping them navigate through their feelings, and teaching emotional regulation. This road led me to Eaton Arrowsmith, where I work with students to cultivate motivation and aid them in their cognitive growth. Everyday I am inspired by these students’ perseverance and determination, and I am so thankful to be a part of their success. My favourite things are tea, my cat, crime dramas, and going thrift shopping.
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 enjoyed working with children, but I never thought I would become a teacher. Growing up, I was urged by my mom to aspire to careers in medicine or law. For a short while, I was able to find a balance between my family duties and my passion by attending university and mentoring at-risk youth. But my love and passion for working with children was louder than my mom’s advice. I transferred from Simon Fraser University to the University of Alberta to pursue a career in teaching without interruptions. I earned my Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta in 2011. My first classroom was an inclusive classroom of 25 students (five of the children had special needs). Working with these students was invaluable. They showed me what they can achieve individually and as a team. I enjoyed watching every moment of my students’ journeys. I help students strive towards their potential with my positive attitude. I love being part of Eaton Arrowsmith students’ growth!
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 into education started much later in life than for most! After earning my BSc. in Animal Sciences at UBC, my next 23 years were spent as a flight attendant. I was introduced to the field of special education as a result of having a son with significant learning issues. Over the years, I received training in Early Education, Special Education Assistant certification, and Orton Gillingham methodology. I started substitute teaching in a preschool for children with special needs during my days off from flying. I finally left the airline and was hired as an assistant preschool teacher. From there, I taught Kindergarten for 9 years. At a Professional Development day, I learned about the Eaton Arrowsmith school that was soon to be opening in White Rock. I had been aware of the program and following the science surrounding neuroplasticity for many years, and was so excited to learn that an Arrowsmith program was going to be in my neighbourhood! I was hired as a Teacher’s Assistant in the cognitive room in 2014. In the summer of 2015 I received my Cognitive Teachers Training in Toronto. I am excited to be joining the UBC team (Fall 2015) and feel so passionate about the work that we do with the students in this incredible program.
In my time away from teaching children, I teach and take The Dailey Method exercise classes in White Rock, love going for long walks along the beaches and hanging out with my family.
I am eager to be a part of the education community at UBC and getting to know the students and families in the program.
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.
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.
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.
My background is as a Behaviour Interventionist doing Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) with children on the Autism Spectrum. When I transferred to UBC to study Psychology in 2013 I was presented with a unique opportunity to work as a Student Aide at Eaton Arrowsmith. As a Student Aide I have been able to use my experience to provide positive behavioural support to students, allowing them to be maximally engaged and to get the most out of the Arrowsmith program. It has been such a valuable and rewarding experience being able to witness how hard our students work and the cognitive changes they are able to achieve. It’s also so fun and inspiring to work with all the amazing staff! When I’m not working at EA, I am completing my own schooling, spending time with my friends, family and cat, or probably laminating something.
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 am a recent graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University and Nipissing University in Ontario, where I received my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education concurrently. In the summer of 2011, my fiancé and I loaded up our car and drove from Southern Ontario, across Canada, to BC. It took us a week to cross the country, during which time we saw Ontario’s Great Lakes, Manitoba’s forests, Saskatchewan’s prairies, Alberta’s badlands, and finally, the awe-inspiring mountains of BC. In the fall of 2011, I began tutoring students in Language Arts and Math, while working part-time in a bakery. In 2012, I began my first year teaching at a school for students with special needs. My class was equal parts challenging and rewarding and I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to teach and get to know them. In 2013 I worked as a teaching assistant in Magnussen school and in 2014 I was the Junior Mathematics teacher here at Eaton Arrowsmith. In 2015 I received Arrowsmith teacher training and am inspired to look at the brain and how we learn in this new way. I pride myself on being able to find new and creative ways to engage my students, and I look forward to having the opportunity to share my passion for learning with the students of Eaton Arrowsmith.
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.
While earning my B.A. in humanities at the University of Winnipeg I worked with adults and children with special needs in both educational and non-educational settings. This experience provided me with a clear sense of the remarkable extent to which my clients and students were able to continuously learn and grow. I subsequently trained as an elementary-level Montessori teacher at the Toronto Montessori Institute, and taught at Montessori schools in Winnipeg and Victoria. While seeking further opportunities to grow as an educator I was delighted to discover the Arrowsmith Program’s elegant and focused application of the science of neuroplasticity. I worked as a Cognitive Instructor at Eaton Arrowsmith in Victoria, BC for two years with students between the ages of nine and 25 and was excited about the opportunity to become part of the Eaton Cognitive Improvement Centre team in Vancouver in 2011. My experience teaching the Arrowsmith Program has given me the opportunity to observe first-hand the tremendous capacity of neuroplastic change by seeing the increase in my students’ intellectual, cognitive and social abilities.
I graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2012 with a degree in French. I enjoyed a year of cultural exchange in the south of France where I taught 3 to 10 year-old children as an English teaching assistant. I thought that it was a great experience but never considered that it would be something in which I would have a career. I explored different career options including office work, banking, and education. This is when I discovered my passion for teaching and began looking for work in the field of education. I joined Eaton Arrowsmith in 2014 as a Student Aide and a translator for ESL students. In 2015, I enrolled in an early childhood education program at Vancouver Community College to expand my understanding of child development, which I anticipate completing in 2017. Working with my students taught me to appreciate and celebrate the small moments. I found a new meaning in learning and want to a part of children’s growth. Outside of school, I enjoy photography and travelling.
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 feel extremely proud and fortunate to have started my teaching career within the incredible Eaton Arrowsmith community. A son and grandson of teachers, I aspired to teach my whole life, but did not know until adulthood that I would be drawn to the rewarding world of alternative education. As a student teacher at the University of Victoria, I pursued teaching specializations in secondary Social Studies and Drama. However, a three-course summer institute in Diversity Education changed my professional trajectory by fully bringing home the imperative of reaching atypical learners. I came to firmly believe in the importance of harnessing the transformative power of education for diverse learners of all ages and backgrounds, and naturally jumped at the chance to work for the Eaton Education Group upon completing my B.Ed—first by running the homework program at EA Victoria that spring, then as an academic and cognitive teacher-on-call for all of the lower-mainland EEG schools, and finally as a full-time cognitive teacher for EA Van’s Red Division. It has been a humbling and inspiring experience from the get-go, and I cannot wait to see where the journey will continue to take me. In addition to my B.Ed, I hold a B.A. in Philosophy from Queen’s University (Kingston, ON), an Enriched Certificate in Performing Arts from the Canadian College of Performing Arts (Victoria, BC), and completed Summer Term in international studies at the Bader International Study Centre in the UK. I also harbour myriad pursuits and passions which I like to incorporate into my teaching practice, chief among them traveling, reading, foreign languages, and a love of drama and sport (specially in our great outdoors).
I first developed a passion for teaching while volunteering at elementary and middle schools during my undergraduate years at Simon Fraser University. In 2005, I graduated with a B.A. degree with a double major in criminology and history. While one of my dreams was to become a teacher, I knew that it was time for me to accomplish my other dream of traveling around the world. The experiences gained during this time, including teaching in Uganda, have been invaluable to me as a person and as an educator. In 2007, I returned to Vancouver and had the opportunity to work as a special education assistant before joining the Magnussen School team in 2008. I immediately fell in love with the opportunities and the individual attention that the Magnussen staff gave the students. In 2010 I received my B.Ed. degree, specializing in social studies and physical education with a minor in curriculum instruction and theory. When I was given the chance to return to Magnussen in 2011, I felt incredibly fortunate to once again work in such a positive and conducive learning environment that ensures the success of each student. It is my hope that in contributing to the positive atmosphere of the school I will be able to share not only my passion for social studies and physical education, but also my passion for reading, poetry, hiking, cooking and rugby.
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.
Have you ever wondered about some of the reasons why it is so hard for students…and grown ups…to pay attention? Thanks to our friends at VancouverMom.ca for sharing our thoughts and the experiences of our students so clearly. Have a read! http://www.vancouvermom.ca/school/paying-attention-school-difficult/
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