I began my teaching career as an elementary school teacher in a multi-graded classroom in Saskatchewan and then worked at an international school in Saudi Arabia for a number of years. I received my Master of Education with a specialization in Counselling and School Psychology from the University of Regina, and my Doctorate of Education from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. I have been working as a school psychologist in British Columbia for over twenty years. I joined the Associate Faculty at CityU in 2015. My own learning and career journeys have assisted me in teaching the Assessment in Counselling course to CityU cohorts in the MEd in School Counselling program. I continue to learn from these students as to how to best support them in their learning and career paths.
Research and Training
Given my background working and studying in international settings, I have always been interested in strategies to support culturally diverse students. I focused on this area in my Doctorate thesis. I have worked as an Indigenous Success Counsellor and been the team lead on innovation grant projects involving Indigenous students for the past 4 years within the school district where I work. I have also been part of a team receiving a collaborative action research grant from the Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. I was recently part of a pilot project conducted through the Canadian Mental Health Association which allowed school counsellors in British Columbia to refer students for the BounceBack program. I am a certified safeTALK trainer, which I incorporate into my teaching at CityU. I have received recent training which enables me to co-facilitate Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (PATH) meetings, which is a strengths based approach to helping individuals move in positive and possible ways towards their hopes and dreams.
I feel good teachers apply the concepts of neurodiversity to enable a strength-based approach in their classrooms. Good teachers are aware that every student has a particular cognitive and learning style and work to identify this unique pattern and to foster an environment in which every type of learner focuses on what is meaningful to them and can thrive. Good teachers are role models, use assistive technology and Universal Design for Learning, encourage students to build positive support networks, and inspire students to move towards their “North Stars”.
- 1995-present: School Psychologist, West Vancouver School District #45
- 1993–1997: Teacher/Librarian, Yanbu International School
- 1985–1988:Teacher Biggar School District
- Doctorate of Education (Teaching & Learning; Psychology), University of Leicester, 2006
- Master of Education (Counselling Psychology; Psycho-educational Assessment), University of Regina, 1990
- Bachelor of Education, University of Saskatchewan, 1984