About Me

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.


Barb English


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