I have been a resident of Kingston since 1990, and finished my Masters degree at Queens. I have over 45 years of teaching experience with both small and large boards including: Aurora and District, Markham, York Region, Operation Catch-up (OCU), S.D.#30 (South Cariboo) in B.C., Leeds and Grenville, and Upper Canada.
My teaching career has included both classroom and administrative roles, the latter with OCU where I designed and administered 35 programs throughout York Region for exceptional students at all levels. This 5-year position required working with government and community social service agencies and with elementary and secondary schools. I was then appointed as a board member of OCU.
I have extensive experience with both elementary and secondary school levels. As curriculum coordinator for S.D.#30 in British Columbia, I was responsible for all subjects, K to 12, and implemented language and writing programs as well as experiential math.
I have been privileged to teach young people of every exceptionality from gifted to developmentally challenged and ESL to prove that all kids can learn given the enriching environment, whether that environment be Foundations (an Alternative program), co-operative education, or a "buddy" system.
My last 23 years were at Thousand Islands Secondary School, 12 years as a consulting resource teacher, and then as an English and literacy teacher, securing our site as the demonstration school for Reading Plus, the computerized version of the old EDL effective reading course, free to us, but worth $25,000.
The Kingston Branch of Save the Children Canada allowed me to continue my volunteer work, volunteering that my family and I began when my children were small. I am the mother of two fine sons- one working for Utilities Kingston and one who amassed three degrees from Queens.