Presently I am teaching in the Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada.  I grew up in Invermere, B.C. where I attended smaller country schools.  During this time skiing in the winter and enjoying the warm summers were my pass times.  After I graduated I did my B.Ed. at the University of Alberta and then my parents gave me a graduation present – a year of university in Bristol England.  From there I went to Elkford, BC and found myself teaching mainly special education for the next nine years.  It was here that I finally found out that curling is not a boring sport.  Much fun was had in the league and at bonspiels!  The next stop was Los Angeles with the intent to enjoy the warm year-round weather.  I also completed a M.Ed. in Education from the University of Lethbridge during this time.  After six years we moved back to Canada where I subbed in the Lethbridge area for the next two years.  I decided that subbing wasn’t my first choice so I moved to London where I taught an amazing group of girls at a girls’ high school.  Traveling throughout Europe is extremely easy when you’re based in London.  Spain, Greece, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland and France made for excellent holidays; not to mention some great trips in England itself!

I have enjoyed meeting a great variety of people throughout this time.  Some in education and some not, but maintaining contact with all of them is a priority.  Facebook has been an awesome tool to make sure we stay in touch.  Now that I am on Twitter (trying anyway) and meeting new people through that venue I am looking forward to developing and maintaining a whole new set of friends.

I have been a teacher of students with special needs for more than twenty years in Canada, the United States and England.  I have been the coordinator for the Special Education Department working with paraprofessionals, parents, community support groups and administration.  In this role I conducted workshops and in-service training sessions and managed the special education budget.

My experience and education have provided me with excellent opportunities to learn about program planning and implementation, modification and adaptation strategies, behaviour management and assessment for students with special needs.  I have completed comprehensive training in other intervention programs that have enhanced my teaching methods such as Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Language! and Balanced Literacy.  As well, I have experience in assessing students for a wide variety of educational needs including Assistive Technology – Assessment for Learning Handicapped Students, Woodcock Johnson, Keymath and WIAT-II.  In addition, I have earned an Advanced TESOL Certificate (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and I completed the re-certififcation in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.

My mission as a teacher is to be a facilitator in building a foundation for lifelong learning in a safe and supportive environment.  Students must be provided with experiences that nurture and challenge them to become thinking, responsible contributing citizens who continue to learn throughout their lives.  Along with an education, a child needs a strong work ethic, which will be fostered throughout the year during the learning process.

I look forward to whatever new and exciting experiences the future holds.


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