This born and bred Ottawan is a graduate of the University of Ottawa. She has a degree in International Development, which sent her to Buea, Cameroon, for a summer of volunteer teaching. It was there that she discovered firsthand the joys of teaching and developed a passion for making sure each child has access to quality education. She went on to graduate from the B.Ed. Primary/Junior in 2009, and in 2010 completed her M.Ed. in Society, Culture, and Literacies. She then spent two years teaching Kindergarten and mentoring a co-teacher in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, as part of an educational reform. Meanwhile, she succumbed to the travel bug and journeyed widely. She tries to incorporate positive aspects of each new culture into her worldview and practice, and to stoke in others the desire and confidence to explore their world.