Raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, Andrea received her post-secondary education at Western University in London, Ontario, and then spent first two years post-grad working in sales and marketing in Toronto. She discovered her calling as an educator after travelling halfway around the world!
In early 1982, after teaching for six months in a British school in Saudi Arabia, Andrea joined the Saudi Arabian International School. S.A.I.S. followed an American curriculum. There, Andrea spent her remaining two and a half years in the Middle East. Upon returning to Canada, Andrea completed her teacher’s degree and spent most of her career teaching both elementary and secondary students who had special learning needs. She became a specialist in teaching children with behavioral, developmental and other learning challenges in the school boards near London, Ontario.
Since 2003, when Andrea began her training in the Orton-Gillingham Method of teaching, she has taught students individually in her private practice. After retiring in 2012, Andrea moved to Ottawa, Ontario, to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. There, she re-established her private practice as LEARN @ HOME Education Services. She has created numerous teaching resources and has gathered materials produced by other education practitioners around the world.
Since 1976, Andrea is best known for her athletic coaching, as well as her personal athletic achievements. Andrea has also competed in several triathlons since 1986 and in 2018 qualified for the Canadian Masters Age Group Triathlon team, at age 60. She will represent Canada at the World Triathlon Championships in Lausanne Switzerland in August 2019.
In her book, Andrea shares her philosophies of reflection and resilience-building though the development of both physical and mental skills. As a learning strategist, Andrea offers personal consultation with parent and educators, both in-person and online.
Have you ever overheard someone at a restaurant or grocery store complaining about children and/or the school system?
Has your child or student ever had an unexplained difficulty with reading, spelling, handwriting or math skills and you’ve felt unable to help him/her succeed in these subjects?
Does your child or student have anxiety, feel overwhelmed, or simply doesn’t want to go to school anymore?
Get “back to the basics” of the 3 Rs of Education: Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic with “tips and tricks” as well as a list of resources based on a multisensory systematic teaching method with proven results. In addition, you will help your child or student become more confident, curious and centered by learning the “higher 2 Rs” and how to become more reflective and resilient.
From The 5 Rs of Education, you will learn:
Gain the knowledge and skills to guide children to become more confident, capable and compassionate, as well as better equipped to face the challenges of the new era!