Originally from Newfoundland, I moved to Alberta in 2004 and began my career with Olds High that same year. While living in St. John’s, I attended Memorial University and completed a Bachelor of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a double major in English and Psychology. My Honours thesis explored reading challenges in the Deaf community and this project generated a strong interest in reading assessments. This interest has continued with my work at OHS and my role at the school includes teaching English at all levels and coordinating assessments and accommodations for students with unique learning profiles.
In 2013 I completed my Masters in Counselling Psychology through a joint program offered through the University of Lethbridge, the University of Calgary and Athabasca University. My final project for this degree revolved around the mentorship program that is offered at our school. In addition to my work at OHS, I am also currently working as a provisional psychologist.
Writing is a passion for me, and after several publications, including a children’s book, I try to use that passion to engage my students in the classroom. I also run a Creative Writing Club and a Public Speaking Club throughout the year. In conjunction with our band teacher, Karri Anderson, I also organize the annual Café in the Commons in which the student artists at OHS can showcase their talents.
While not in the school environment, I enjoy my time with my spouse and my two sons, Isaac and Easton. As a family, we love to enjoy the outdoors, swim, watch films, and travel.