Principal Faculty, Master of Education Program
From the time I was a young child my parents, first generation Canadians, taught me that education was the key to a remarkable future. Higher education was not a choice; it was a requirement. I learned to love to learn.
I love the learning process. I love to teach. I love to watch other people learn and I strive always to meet the needs of every learner I encounter.
Though I have been an administrator, a director and an assistant superintendent in public schools in British Columbia, I am first and always a teacher. I have taught grades K-12 in three districts in BC. In 1999 I received the Canadian Prime Minister’s award for excellence in teaching. This recognition helped to highlight and support a program for at risk youth. Working with discouraged, disenfranchised learners is my passion. Beyond everything else, I believe that learning opportunities should be fair and accessible to everyone.
As a district administrator and director, I was responsible for initiatives in Teacher Mentorship, Early Learning, Programs for At Risk Youth, Professional Learning Communities for teachers, Leadership Development and Community Connections.
I have worked with City University since 2006 and have taught many courses in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Leadership. Working with Master’s students is a complete joy.
Since my retirement from School District #34, Abbotsford, I have been an educational consultant, a British Columbia Agent for schools off shore in China and Korea and an inspector of Independent schools for the BC government. I have been instrumental in the development of BC International Programs in China and Colombia, South America.
It is my belief that retirement is simply a chance to “reboot” and reinvent!
I am happily married to my terrific husband Ian who is my greatest supporter. We have three grown children and six wonderful grandchildren!
Courses taught at CityUniversity
- Preparation for Professional Growth (ECC 509)
- Instructional Leadership: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (EEA 532)
- Change Management with Global Perspectives (EEA 545)
2011-present: BC Agent Offshore School
2011-present: Educational Consultant
2010-2011: Assistant Superintendent, Abbotsford School District
2007-2010: Director of Instruction, Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, Abbotsford
2006-present: Lecturer, City University Master’s Cohort
2004-2007: District Principal, Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, Abbotsford
2003-2004: Vice Principal, Abbotsford Senior Secondary School
1997-2003: Coordinator/Developer, Integrated Studies Program (ISP), Abbotsford
1971-1997: Teacher, Abbotsford, Duncan & Burnaby School Districts
Doctorate in Education, City University, In-progress
Master of Education (Curriculum Design and Leadership), University of Portland
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (Communications), Simon Fraser University
Data Wise Institute, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence
Paul Harris Fellowship Award, Rotary Club
Excellence in Teaching Fellowship, McGill University
Queen’s Medal for Community Service
2002: An Integrated Studies Approach for At-Risk Secondary Students Education Canada, Promising Practices, Canadian Education Association