“Having a degree in Education is more than a credential – it’s a commitment to doing your part to make things better for students and the people who support them. So be passionate about what you do, and work closely with potential advisors to ensure that you are a good fit for each other. Once you’re here, come prepared to work hard, be flexible, and to learn from diverse perspectives.”
Supervisor: Dr. Susan Rodger
Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
Queen’s University, Honours Bachelor of Science, Field of Study: Life Sciences.
Where is “home” for you?
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I came to Western for three reasons: At school, I love that regardless of graduate students’ individual fields of study, our Faculty of Education PhD program is rooted in principles of equity and social justice. Outside the classroom, I understand how Western earns its reputation as the best student experience in Canada - the extra-curricular options available to Western students are practically unlimited! Between work and play, Western offers opportunities for professional development to get us ready for the tough job market.
Have you worked as a teaching assistant or research assistant?
I was the Faculty of Education’s first Lead TA in 2013-2014 – what a great opportunity to work with like-minded graduate students across campus who are passionate about teaching and learning! This led to further work for the Teaching Support Centre, which has given me the opportunity to be involved in multiple teaching, facilitating, and curriculum development projects, both onsite and online. It has increased my capacity to be creative in ways that I didn’t know I was capable of.
Being an RA for my supervisor, Susan Rodger, has been the best partnership anyone could ask for. Being on her team has given me the opportunity to develop multiple mental health literacy resources for students, teachers, and broader communities of learners.
Where’s your favourite place on campus to work/study/research?
The Graduate Writing Lab – it’s a hidden gem that allows graduate students to work in a quiet, beautiful space. There are a wealth of writing resources available onsite, too.
How do you de-stress?
I like to sing, dance, play piano, read, or laugh uproariously with friends.
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
I appreciate the opportunity for interdisciplinary work, because we get the chance to collaborate with institutional and community partners who all must contribute in vital ways to tackle large social or structural issues in education.