Education has always been a part of my life. My dad was a high school chemistry teacher, and the majority of our family friends were also teachers. Following in his footsteps, I took a Bachelor of Education and began my teaching career in northern, isolated First Nation’s reserves in Manitoba. I moved on to Calgary, AB, where I taught math, physics, and chemistry, in several schools in both public and private systems. I discovered a love of coaching badminton, track and field, and choir.
I enjoyed teaching and felt compelled to take the process to another level and so pursued a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychotherapy to better understand the students I spent so much time with. This is where I discovered a true love for learning and the potential of the school setting. It is also when I realized that my previous education, and even the education I provided for students, hadn’t and wasn’t doing all it could to motivate, inspire or help students be their absolute best.
I have thoroughly enjoyed learning more about how people’s experiences affect their behaviour, their feelings, and their thoughts. After completing my Master’s degree, I started a counseling practice until my children were born. My practice shifted to a parenting focus when my children arrived because I felt underequipped to be a mother of little ones. Ten years later, I am pleased to have become a well-known parenting writer. If you’d like to see my parenting page, I invite you to read through www.andreanair.com
I have been fortunate to teach at and be invited to speak at many schools across the country and I’ve keenly observed their best practices. I know that I want my own children to have the experience of learning in a way that will maximize their potential and am thrilled to have discovered Acton Academy. With their proven systems and methods, and our absolute love of learning, my husband and I are so excited to bring Acton to London, ON.