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.
I have 12 years of experience teaching Spanish to adults and college age students and have taught at both the college and university level. I have also worked as in educational administration in various capacities including English as a Second Language, post-secondary language and educational research, and most recently, adult education and video conferencing for educational purposes.
International Professional Experience
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.
While working at the University of Calgary, I had the additional privilege of being seconded to the Universidad Católica de Honduras 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. Later in 2000, I took a lead role in facilitating the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.
In 2008, together with my good friend and colleague, Karen Dodge, I was invited back 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.”
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, webinars and interactive workshops.
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.