In September 2011, I took a leave of absence from my position as an education assistant with the Calgary Board of Education to pursue a two year teaching degree at the University of Calgary. Upon graduating, I was hired to teach 12 students who all have mild to moderate cognitive disabilities.
How did I get to this place in my life?
I didn’t always want to be a teacher. When I graduated from UBC in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, I had no clue what I wanted to do so I began working with the Royal Bank as a teller. The next 25 years have been spent gathering life experiences that have shaped who I am and influence the way I approach teaching and learning. Highlights include:
- marriage: 24 years of marriage to a loving and supportive partner
- parenting: two amazing daughters
- self employment: small business owner for 20 years
- fitness enthusiast: walking, skiing, biking, climbing, hiking
- hobbies: reading, going to the theatre, cooking, music
- interests: social justice, environment, education, civic engagement
- community service: former board member, school volunteer, engaged citizen
- travel: North America, Europe, Africa, South America, Asia
I am a curious soul and lifelong learner. I have embarked on an exciting journey of self-discovery and am excited about sharing my learning with people I meet along the way.