Here I am. Joining the blogging world late… but encouraged by many (thank you Celia).

I am a teacher… I had no idea however, that “a teacher” could manifest itself into so many different facets. I received my Bachelor of Education in 2003. Specializing in Human Ecology and Special Education. Being originally from Alberta, I planned my escape at the age of ten (sorry Edmonton… too cold for me) and caught a Greyhound bus on the night of my last class at the University of Alberta. 79 stops later, I arrived in New York City, for my first teaching assignment at Public School 63 in the Bronx. If you are currently inferring how this act of impulsivity and adventure must rule my life…you are correct in your assumption.

I taught grades 4 and 5 in this lovely community of a school. Co-teaching with 2 amazing mentors, colleagues and friends, we tackled what would become the bookends of my entire teaching career…the first year filled with tears of “this job is not for me” the latter tears confirming “there is no other job for me.”

2 years later, I was onto my next adventure. Coming back to Canada, I remembered a lovely town I had visited when I was 14. To Vancouver I travelled and to my surprise was quickly (with my special education background) scooped up. My position was working as a Resource teacher at an 8-12 secondary school, for a caseload of 16 or so students with developmental disabilities. I followed this cohort for 7 years with an incredible team, which quickly became family.

Two years ago started a new professional chapter. I am a new member of our district’s inclusion support team, as well as a consultant facilitating the use of technology as a tool to support special education in the district. A whole new set of challenges, I am becoming quickly aware of my strengths…and my stretches. It has come to my attention that there is a direct correlation between nameplates and executive functioning skills!! I support 10 secondary schools in everything ranging from curriculum to behaviour support.

During this time, I started my graduate studies at Simon Fraser University in. I was introduced to a comprehensive inquiry based process and for the first time in my life I felt like I had something to contribute. Tackling my final field study, my completion came in October 2012. I am a perfect example differentiation and multiple pathways to success at it’s finest. This August, in a dancing fit of shock, excitement and panic, my dog and I danced in my living room at finding out of my acceptance to a PhD program at the University of British Columbia. With 2 very fine supervisors, we are continuing this educational journey together.

in other news….I love my life in this great city, the Canucks, my mom, Denmark and cheese. I dislike short drinking glasses, the smell of 7-11, waking up early and falafals.

This is my journey, I welcome you to join me and be a part of my story. Here we go.

18 thoughts on “About

    1. Daragh Coulter

      I met you today in Vancouver. I was already feeling renewed with a new teaching assignment this year at my school, but today I am RE-renewed! and EXCITED about the new BC Curriculum (instead of jaded thinking it’s just a rehash of Year 2000 program…yup, I’ve been teaching for quite a few decades now). I still have a lot of doubts about the new curriculum – that it was created without how anything about evaluation – but listening to you keynote and break out session today – (I won’t say I could believe our current Min of Ed planned it that way) – but your presentations made me think we can do this ourselves! THE WAY IT SHOULD BE! Teachers driving how it works, not politicians and government employees. YOU GO, GIRL!

  1. Cindy Armstrong

    I am going to follow your story…because our family loves you and will be forever grateful that your path crossed ours….

  2. Hi Shelley,
    We met at the SFU mentor day last year. Used to work for SD36 but am in SD23 now. I have an LD classroom and some available funds. what would you recommend? One iPad or two iPod touch? Recommendations for apps?

  3. Christine Hilliard

    Shelley – Christine here from Coquitlam SFU Cohort – Looking for your email address – Got a Skill position next year – wanna chat???\ 🙂

  4. Lu

    i just love that picture of you – so fresh faced! 🙂 and of course really interested in reading your blog too. we are having an interesting start of the school year….oh boy and it is just starting!!!!! Amazing to have people like you in the school board, gives me hope. maybe we should move to richmond 🙂
    lu xo

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  6. Pam Mair

    Hi Shelley, I’m in Revelstoke, and would love to see you speak again soon. I took part in a SETBC webcast in May and I had the pleasure of seeing you in person at the POPFASD District Partner meeting last November. I would really like to attend your presentation in Salmon Arm if possible and bring some colleagues along! Would you please let me know the topic of the September 16th presentation? I’ll contact them and see if it’s okay if we tag along 🙂

  7. I listened to all your podcasts on my drive to and from San Diego last summer and am super pumped to rejoin Grasslands school district and hear you in person tomorrow! Whoop whoop! ❤️

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