I grew up in South Vancouver until I was 10, and that’s when my family moved to Ladner. Since then, I have called Ladner home and really enjoy the small town feel and community it provides. I attended public school locally but went to high school at Fraser Valley Christian. There, I developed many friendships that remain to this day. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.
I completed my B.A. at Kwantlen and later went on to attend UBC where I graduated with a Master of Education in Special Education. I have worked with children with autism for the past nine years, getting my start as an interventionist, where I worked one-to-one with preschoolers in therapy sessions. For the past six years I have worked as a consultant, providing support to interventionists, and writing and implementing behaviour, academic, self-help and social goals. I also have experience providing consults in a school based setting, observing students in class, and collaborating with the school team to provide recommendations and write IEP goals.
It wasn’t until I attended a Christian high school that I realized how valuable Christian education could be. I struggled with making friends but was surprised when I started grade 8, that it was much easier to develop and maintain relationships at this school, than my previous one. There was this sense of community I had never experienced before. Through the years, my core group of friends has remained the same. Not only have they been a constant source of support and encouragement, they also daily demonstrate God’s love, compassion, and grace. In university, I realized that the education level I received in high school was equivalent to my peers, but I had the advantage of being in a supportive and nurturing environment that helped to shape my world view and gave me a sense of compassion for others. My passion is working with children with additional needs and challenges. These needs may be in the form of a diagnosis of autism, or ADD/ADHD, a learning disability, or even a child who feels alone and isolated. I want to teach these children how to foster their relationship with God, and to develop meaningful relationships with their peers that can be maintained over time. I want students to know they are heard and that being different isn’t a bad thing. I want to encourage them to use the gifts that God has given them. The biggest challenge I face is not knowing what the future holds for this population of children and I want to do something about that. In my time of teaching children with autism, not only have I learned about their challenges and their struggles, they have taught me how to adapt and change my strategies based on their individual learning needs. I want to continue this teaching in a God-centred place, to provide these students with opportunities to receive God’s love, the same way that I did.