Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1987. Grew up in Edmonton, Regina, and Calgary, and as an adult I have lived in Edmonton AB, Regina SK, Canmore AB, Gimli MB, and Kimberley BC where I currently reside. My family is of utmost importance to me, including my wonderful parents, my two brother, and my sister-in-law.
Career & Education:
I completed my BSc in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta in 2010, in Spring 2013 I completed my BEd after-degree and Global Leadership Diploma from the University of Regina. I’ve had many different employment opportunities in the past from directing a summer camp, working at the local science centre, running a cardiology clinic, leading backpacking trips through East Africa, personal training, and bar tending. My passion of course is education: I am currently teaching Outdoor Education and Chemistry at Selkirk Secondary School in Kimberley BC. Previously I have taught Social Studies, Geography, Math, Science, Biology, Sports Medicine, and Physical Education. My extra-curricular involvment has included coaching soccer and basketball, Social Justice club, WeDay, Garage Band, and supervising a student Habitat for Humanity trip to El Salvador. I enjoy attending many professional development workshops and opportunities including The Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada National conference. I hope one day to complete a thesis-based Master’s degree in education.
Although I have a habit of keeping myself occupied with work, I will admit most of my entertainment has something to do with movement: trail running, rock climbing, surfing, kayaking, SUPing, camping, hiking, yoga, etc.. I also love to travel–the entire process of it. Booking things, flying, bumpy mutatu rides, getting lost… I love it. I never say no to a nice glass of wine, a cold glass of beer, or a hot cup of coffee. Photography has become a recent hobby of mine, thus all the photos! I’ve recently stepped out into the realm of technology and I’m looking forward to connecting with other educators, traveller, and using it within my classroom.
You may have noticed travel is somewhat of a reoccurring theme throughout this blog. My spark for travel began as a child, having driven across Canada many times with my family. My parents took our family to Europe for the first time in 1998, and it sparks my thirst for adventure and education. As mentioned, I used to lead backpacking trips through East Africa, and I continue to lead trips for students (Summer 2014 I supervised a Habitat for Humanity trip to El Salvador). My travels thus far have taken me to the following places: Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, the Western United States, Hawaii, France, England, Scotland, Germany, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Qatar, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Belize, and El Salvador.
Please don’t be afraid to send me a message!