I have a PhD in Educational Leadership and a Master of Arts in Spanish from the University of Calgary. Before moving to Calgary, I attended Saint Mary’s University in my native city of Halifax where I earned a B.A. (Hons) in English.
Teaching and Educational Leadership Experience
My teaching career began in 1994. I started out teaching Spanish to adults and college age students and have taught at both the college and university level. Since 2010 I have taught courses in Effective Learning, How to Learn Online and several courses in the Master’s of Education program at the University of Calgary.
I have also worked as in educational administration in various capacities including management, program development, program and practice evaluation and consulting. I have hands-on experience in the fields of English as an Additional Language, modern world languages, educational technology and community development.
International Professional Experience
An experienced public speaker, I have presented on my work in a total of seven different countries (Canada, U.S., Mexico, Honduras, Cuba, Spain and the U.K.). These presentations take the form of professional talks, scholarly research dissemination and interactive workshops. Today, I regularly travel to the United States, providing consulting services to educational organizations and government.
While working at the University of Calgary, I had the privilege of being seconded to a number of international projects in Latin America. In 2008, together with my friend and colleague, Karen Dodge, I was invited to Mexico by the Ministry of Education in Jalisco. Together, we presented a workshop to foreign language teachers called “Bilingual Education: Sharing ideas, understanding context: Experiences from Alberta.” A few years before that, I spent time working at the Universidad Católica de Honduras in Tegucigalpa where I collaborated with colleagues to help establish a language program for foreigners. I also gave the address to the graduating class of the university during my stay. I took a lead role in facilitating the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.
In 1997, I was honoured to be selected by the then Alberta Centre for International Education (ACIE) to be part of a seven-member team from Alberta invited to take part in a provincial educational trade mission to Mexico, serving as the unofficial translator for the mission, including a presentation at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City.
101 Ways to Promote Your Language Program: a practical guide for language schools (available on Amazon.com) is now in its second edition. It has ranked among DeMille’s Technical Books Top 10 Best sellers, reaching #1 on that Top 10 list on August 25, 2003.
I have lived in the U.K. and studied in Spain and travelled throughout North America, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe. I currently live in Calgary, Canada, working as a private consultant, writer and professional speaker. I am a voracious reader who devours books on leadership, education and business, mostly. I also run and walk on a regular basis, participating in events ranging from 5K to half marathon distances.