Growing up, I was lucky to have been surrounded by educators who instilled in me a love of learning. I earned my Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science in English and Zoology from the University of Toronto and my Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. During my final year of study, I also completed an Applied Behaviour Analysis for Educators course at the Geneva Center.
I was first introduced to Autism during my undergrad studies. I was looking to gain experience in working with children with Special Needs and my search brought me to Autism Ontario. During my 4 years at Autism Ontario, I had the great opportunity to interact with children and adults diagnosed with ASD. The experience and time I spent with Autism Ontario truly inspired me to further my professional development in this field.
After graduating, I sought to bring my knowledge abroad and to learn different teaching techniques from educators in other countries. So I packed my bags and moved to Japan to teach under the JET Program. While in Japan, I lived in a small town and taught at a school for students with Special Needs. This year was filled with invaluable experience that truly taught me the power of collaboration to ensure student success. Upon returning to Canada, I worked at two different private schools for students with special needs, which led me to the Lighthouse. I’m so excited for the year to come and can’t wait to see the potential of all the students unfold.