My teaching methods are based on using Canadian Learning Benchmarks and techniques used from my years as a broadcast journalist. They have helped me achieve success in helping students of all ages achieve noticeable progress learning English as a second language.
I am a long time former journalist and teacher of English as a Second Language. I enjoy working with newcomers to Canada learn to express themselves in English. I am able to help them become comfortable learning to speak, write and reduce their accent
I’ve spent several years in the classroom. My first experience came when I taught Journalism at an Arts College in Saint John. It made me realize how much I enjoyed teaching as I created a curriculum and taught the basics of journalism to young adults. As a parent with a 7-year-old I also know the joy of working with young children and seeing the world through their eyes.
I worked for many than 20 years in Saint John as a broadcast journalist for Global News and then CBC Radio, which allowed me to immerse myself in the community in areas of social issues, education, First Nations issues, environment, politics, health and the arts.
I am resourceful, adaptable and thorough. I have a lot to share from my experiences. I have worked in several different countries, having lived and taught in various cultures including Muslim countries and an Arctic Inuit community. I am TESL Canada certified-level 2 teacher, with experience teaching ESL in the classroom and as a tutor. I am able to thrive in a dynamic environment and look forward to making a significant contribution in the classroom.
TESL Canada Certification, summer 2016
Douglas College, 250-hour program (30-hour practicum)
Bachelor of Applied Arts – Journalism
Ryerson University – Completed 1986
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Film Production
Concordia University – Completed 1981
Selected Professional Experience:
COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT July 2011 - Present
Created communication plans
Wrote white papers, conducted research, and prepared media briefings
Handled strategic media relations.
TEACHING POSITIONS October 2011- July 2014
ATLANTICA SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
Created and taught curriculum for broadcast journalism program
Taught students how to write and package news stories, 5W’s of Journalism
Worked as a local permit supply teacher in Anglophone South District
for one school year
SENIOR REPORTER September 1988 – March 2008
Awarded Gold Canpro for Investigative Journalism (national competition)
Reported on key issues of the day in the public interest.
Daily coverage of politics, education, social issues, environment, health
STATION MANAGER/PRODUCER March 1987 – April 1988
INUIT BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Cambridge Bay, Northwest Territories
Responsible for the delivery of weekly Inuit cultural programming 300 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.
Produced and directed local cultural programming as well as managing and training Inuit staff.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND VOLUNTEERING
Government Affairs Committee, Saint John Board of Trade
Volunteer Romero House Soup Kitchen
Board member – Saint John Jewish Historical Museum
Board member – Fort La Tour Development Authority
In my free time I enjoy playing the Guitar and reading a wide range of literature. Among my other hobbies I have built model boats for the past two decades and play percussion in a steel band. I have continually developed computer skills and have trained in First Aid and CPR.
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