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Personal Description:

Hi! I am excited to meet you. Officially I am a retired assistant professor who continues to be active, both independently as a researcher and education author, and in affiliation with Queen's University and the University of Calgary as adjunct assistant professor.

Unofficially I am a curious, creative person who seriously plays at learning with her students.

I am dedicated to the next generation. I trust my students. I believe in them, and I see it as my responsibility to reach them. My job is not to judge, but to understand you and the school subject that brings us together, and then to help make your learning successful and meaningful in ways that count. I care.

Tutoring Experience:

After 25 years successfully teaching math, science, and French to learners, K through 12, from all walks of life (including 3 years homeschooling my own sons), I went to grad school and became an assistant professor teaching future teachers and helping current ones.

My grad studies, research, and university teaching has focused on the individual learner, especially in science and mathematics. While my master's looked at science learning, my doctoral work was all about tutoring, especially helping students with severe mathematics anxiety. Next, for two years, I led research in elementary mathematics education, working directly with teachers and their students. From there I turned to gifted students, working with middle school teachers and classrooms, and tutoring secondary students in mathematics.

You could say that, after having made teaching work for me and my students, I dedicated the next 15 years to hands-on practice addressing how learning happens, what kinds of things get in the way, and what we can do about it. All of this led to a book on learning, published this year (2020) with Routledge.

If you work with me, you will benefit from my many years experience in classroom education and tutoring scenarios. You will also find me genuine, keen, playful, and definitely human.

Tutoring Approach:

I am not just teaching a subject, I am teaching a person. I care about what matters to you and what you "get" and "don't get" about the subject. I do believe in hard work, but I understand that no one can dedicate themselves for long to something that is intimidating and/or feels meaningless.

These days, especially, not every family can afford tutoring. I know that things are hard. I get the varying circumstances of families and so, even though the program forces me to enter fees, please understand that I was filling in a number. In reality, I will trust you to follow an honour system: You pay what is affordable and seems right for you.

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Native Language: English
Additional Languages: French
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • University of British Columbia (2013) - Curriculum Studies - focus on mathematics teaching, anxiety in learners, tutoring (Doctorate) (✔ On File)
  • University of Lethbridge (2008) - Education - focus on science teaching and learning (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • University of Lethbridge (1978) - Education - focus on interactive learning (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • University of Waterloo (1977) - Honours Science (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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