The short version
I am an educator by profession, and am keen on models and reforms in education, that break outdated patterns of conventional systems; that focus on holistic, integrated development for children and young adults; and that engage young adult learners in imminent problems their generation faces.
On this site, I aim to share reflections and resources on learning, reform, and innovative educational approaches.
Thank you for joining me on my journey!
The long version
After studying business and math in undergrad (BBA, Wilfrid Laurier University, BMath, University of Waterloo, '06), I started my career in management consulting before following my interests into the field of International Development (MSc., Development Studies, London School of Economics, '09). My research focused on the effect of schooling on child labour in India. I was overwhelmed by the gaps in education I observed (assessment, teacher training, leadership, curriculum design), and became determined to address them through my career.
I decided to formally become a teacher to inform my views on education reform (B.Ed, OISE, University of Toronto. '11). I questioned constraints in the system: Why are we rushing through math lessons when students were clearly not "getting it"?! Why are we not connecting this learning to their real lives? I began to develop a keen interest in alternative models to address the gaps that I was experiencing.
Over the past decade, I have taught in university and college classrooms. I am currently a Lecturer in Social Enterprise at the University of Waterloo, focused on designing and teaching critical, experiential courses for undergraduates. I believe in the capacity of young people to understand and address social challenges through their careers, through interdisciplinary, intergenerational collaboration.
I have been grateful to work with educational programs in several countries (Haiti, Uganda, Colombia, Bali, India, the US and Canada). Based on my conversations with students, employers, social change agents, and colleagues, I have learned that reform in fundamental ways is needed all over the world. I have also experienced that change happening, inside and outside our formal systems. It is these changes, and the people who are driving them that I aim to share with you here.