I was born and raised in Spruce Grove, a small town just outside of Edmonton, Alberta. After 24 years of freezing, I realized that there are warmer places in Canada to live! I finished my BA in Psychology at University of Alberta, and decided to make a move out west to do my Education degree at UBC. I was teaching in the Richmond School District for 5 years before making a break for the corporate world.
At Bell, I found my own niche and developed the Learning and Development Specialist position. Here I was able to use my communication, organizational and people skills to bring valuable training to my team. I was responsible for needs analysis, curriculum development and strategic planning. With the executive team, I identified skill gaps and developed training plans for my team.
Feeling the pull back to the world of education, I found myself returning to UBC. But this time, I’m not a starving student, but on the payroll! At UBC, I help supervise the development of English Language Exams by researching, writing, and editing test items. I also administer these high-stakes secure examinations and manage the collection and marking of test responses. I’ve also written a variety of policy and procedures manuals, user manuals, and have helped deliver some of these programs. Basically, I’m a grammar nerd.
Outside of the regular 9-5 grind, I love to hop on my motorcycle (Suzuki SV650s) and bomb around town. When the weather gets too cold, I then strap on my snowboard and head out to Cypress or Whistler to scare myself silly by going faster than I should. I suppose that is why helmets were invented! Other than that, when I’m at home, I love to play fetch with my blind dog Charlie and make fabulous dinners with my husband. Thanks for visiting my website!