I took an indirect route to a career in education. Upon earning a law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School and being called to the Ontario Bar, I began a career in the field of taxation law. I thought that it was fun to be able to talk a lot and tell people what to do.
Motherhood shifted my direction and priorities, especially when one of my sons collided with the education system. My little genius (as confirmed in testing) did not fit in.
As I sought to better understand the situation I discovered new and exciting educational techniques, in which I decided to train. During this training I experienced a deeper personal understanding of literacy and numeracy and about our unlimited capacity to learn. This inspired me to create the “Fearless Mastery” program, which I ultimately piloted in several schools in the Toronto District School Board and at a residential summer camp. I experienced first hand the way today's children learn differently and was interested to see how many were practicing the art of "system busting."
Wanting to share and study more about education and learning, I enrolled in the Master of Education program at York University, where I developed an appreciation for the potential digital technology and video games have to enhance formal education.
During this time, my son progressed and is now succeeding in university (he decided to play the game) and ironically is attending law school!
I founded The Learning Force Inc. as a part of my commitment to improve education. The projects of The Learning Force Inc. have always reflected the mission to prove that formal education can be effective and fun, and stay abreast with changing times. Other adventures in creativity and politics have inspired me to launch Virtual Mayor a global omni-portal that merges ocial networking with project based learning and philanthropy.
Areas of Expertise
Fearless Mastery, Writing lyrics, Looking at the bright side, Education 3.0
An idea worth spreading
We can all be Virtual Mayors and be in charge for change. Jane McGonigal has it right: video gamers are poised to bring positive shift to the planet when given an opportunity.
Reforming education can happen as easily and quickly as the Internet has changed human communication. It's about creativel collaboration within 3 systems--business, government and education
Life is about freedom, joy and growth.
I'm passionate about
...revamping education to reveal the happiness manager in each of us.
...Latin and ballroom dancing.
...singing in harmony and playing the piano.
Talk to me about
...how you feel about video games-- do you have a story for me about how playing games has impacted a life?
What would you like every child to learn in school?
What is your purpose on the planet?
People don't know I'm good at
...writing lyrics to rap songs in the middle of the night.
...packing vehicles for car trips.
...doing back bends.
...eating ice- cream cones from the bottom up.
My TED story
working on it...