I love creating educational, life-enhancing programs for children, young adults and adults. My focus has been on building educational environments for children with a variety of special needs profiles – from those who are diagnosed as gifted with learning challenges to others with severe learning disabilities. This passion to help others started with my own diagnosed Dyslexia, and the impact this disability had on my life. Fortunately, I had a wonderful team of teachers that got me through high school and provided enough guidance to encourage me to attend university. In 1990 I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in psychology. From there, I went on to do graduate work at Boston University, earning a M.Ed. in special education with a teaching certificate in elementary and high school instruction. I spent three years teaching at both the elementary and high school level prior to starting a career in conducting educational assessments. In 2005 I started my first school, Eaton Arrowsmith in Vancouver, British Columbia. This school utilizes the Arrowsmith Program, founded by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, to improve the cognitive functioning of children and young adults with learning disabilities. Since then, four new schools have opened, including Magnussen School, Eaton Arrowsmith Adults in Vancouver and additional Eaton Arrowsmith locations in White Rock and Redmond, WA. I am also the Chair of the Watson Centre Society for Brain Health (WCSBH), a centre designed to bring the Arrowsmith Program, along with mindfulness, exercise and quality of life tracking, to those recovering from brain injury. Through my involvement with WSCBH and as the President/Chair of ABI Wellness, I am connecting with those in health professions in order to help individuals with brain injury further improve their quality of life. I also speak and write books (Brain School, The Brain Pioneer) on a range of topics – from educational neuroscience to learning disabilities. Click here to read my blog, focusing on research, teachings and a positive future for those with learning disabilities.
It is a place where you can freely share your experiences without being in ‘victim’ mode. It enables us to accept our individual challenges and find constructive ways to cope and to inspire ourselves and others.
Safety, empathy, determination, collaboration and growth.
Improving the quality of life for people who have suffered brain injuries, acquired brain injuries, or concussions.
To provide programs, delivered by specialists, for the purpose of helping people with brain injury to improve and reclaim their lives to the fullest.