When I decided to become a coach it wasn't a professional goal, it was the culmination of a life journey. As a teenager, I always wondered why I saw the world differently from my peers. I was very impulsive but highly motivated and academically inclined. However, I was often bored and it took all my effort to be successful in school. When I married and had children, life fell into a predictable pattern, and of course, I thought I had to do the same. That never worked for me though. I loved to work, but the work had to keep me mentally interested otherwise I was miserable. This has led me to making several career shifts over the years. I spent 10 years in sales and the financial services sector as a manager and advisor, before moving on to become a high school teacher for 12 years.
During my years as a teacher I was also raising my two beautiful daughters, one of whom was diagnosed with ADHD in grade 3. Although the schools she attended worked hard to help accommodate her needs, it was clear to me that her teachers (including myself) were completely unequipped with the training required to truly support her unique needs. There was also no trained ADHD specialist(s) in our city and that meant long drives to see psychiatrists and psychologists who offered diagnosis but not strategies about how to survive both as a sufferer and parent. Out of necessity, I began reading, and studying and Looking Glass Coaching was born.
I graduated from Trent University in 1993 with an Honours Degree in History and a minor in English Literature. In 2003 I graduated from the York University Faculty of Education with a Bachelors Degree in Education with an Intermediate/Senior qualifications. I received my Ontario College of Teachers certification the same year. In 2016 I completed my certification in Adult Education from The Canadian College of Educators and in 2018 I received my Associate Coach designation from the ADD Coach Academy. I continue to pursue further coaching credentials with the International Coaching Federation and PAAC - The Professional Association of ADHD coaches.
I've been a coach - in one capacity or another - all my life. It is truly my calling. I look forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals and find your own passions.