I have been supporting students with diverse needs in Vancouver's (Canada) public schools for the past eight years. My specific training areas are Deafblindness, working with and developing communication systems, behavior support, trauma-informed practice, promoting inclusion, and social-emotional learning. I have primarily worked supporting students in elementary schools, though I have also worked in high school settings in life skills and alternative programs.
My passion is teaching through the arts! As a visual artist and children's book illustrator, I believe that creating and enjoying art can help students engage in social-emotional learning. As the developmental psychologist, Alison Gopnik is quoted above as saying, it is our job to help children thrive by giving them the ingredients they need to meet their unique potential and destiny.
The Independent Book Publisher Association's Gold Medal Award in the children's picture book category, 2016. Eric Hoffer Award Honourable Mention, 2014. West End B.I.A. Culture Crawl Free Spirit Award, 2011
I attended Simon Fraser University's Program for Contemporary Arts as well as Emily Carr University's Foundational Arts Program. I also attended Langara University's Education Assistant Program.
I live in Vancouver, British Columbia where I love to walk in the woods with my pup, read books, and make art.