Please write and ask if you wish for help either as a writing coach or as a student mentor. My approach to every child and teenager is a combination of my teaching experiences and counselling training. My method is one of intellectual engagement as well as the establishing of a solid academic foundation. I also seek to find my students' strengths, work through certain blind spots and use any ensuing wisdom as a stepping stone to deal with their other challenges.
I graduated with a post-graduate diploma in Media Studies
from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Monash University, Australia. I have since finished some Graduate Diploma courses in Education and Psychology at UBC.
Starting out in Australia, I worked as a writer and designer for both a publishing office, Employ Publishing, and a media company, Blackmoore AV (now called Encore Productions).
In Canada, I started out in theatre with Vancouver's then Women in View Festival and the Asian (Heritage) Festival as a playwright and director where UBC lecturer and co-Founder of the WIV Fest., Kathleen Weiss, also mentored me
in drama writing.
Theatre highlights include being an assistant to the late John Julianni for the Amazing Siamese Twins play and directing "Fly on the Wall"
for the BC Federation of Labour Conference.
While apprenticing with Insight Film Studios under the mentorship of Kirk Shaw, I worked on documentaries bought
by History Channel until finally directing my own documentary "Un-chartered Areas" featuring Sam Sullivan, Bonnie Sherr Klein and other participants such as Rick Hansen. I have since written for media including radio, and print including
for CityTV, CTV Montreal and SCN.
Armed with a love for educational psychology and teaching, I have since taught Grammar and Communication from 2001 in
various schools including Elite Educational Institute, International Language School of Canada and Lynnwood School. The writing programs I've designed have been used at various prep schools. Perhaps what I have enjoyed most is mentoring students and helping them believe in themselves, enough to have courage and wonder in such a terribly competitive world they live in, enough to discover what they would like to do as their own chosen vocation.