Early Childhood Educator in Calgary, Alberta
I have two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Sociology and one in Catholic Elementary Education from St. Mary’s University – both of which led me down the path to a Masters of Medical Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sheffield in the UK. While waiting for a teaching practicum placement during my Education degree, I had the opportunity to work alongside a SLP to assist non-verbal pre-schoolers. From there, I knew that instead of being in the classroom, I wanted to use my knowledge and background to create a foundation for becoming a Speech Language Pathologist. I applied only in the UK because, although I am born and raised in Canada, my husband and I wanted an adventure (and we had it – travelling to 22 countries over the two years of my degree).
After completing my last clinical placement, I returned to Canada in June 2019, finished and submitted my dissertation, and then flew back to England in September for my final oral case study exam. While working at Providence Children’s Centre as an in-class therapeutic assistant working with 2-6 year olds, I have finished the process of certification with the Alberta College of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
During my 24-months of study in the University of Sheffield’s Masters of Medical Science (Speech Language Pathology) program, I gained hands-on experience with over 516 clinical hours. I worked in schools, hospitals, private clinics, private homes, and rehabilitation environments with clients of all ages.
Through my work at Providence Children’s Centre, I have gained skills in careful observation, detailed assessments (informal and formal), flexible session planning, individualized interventions, diligent note taking, meticulous record keeping, and perceptive feedback. I also learned the importance of maintaining confidentiality, working independently but as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and reflecting on my own practice, while seeking advice and help as required. I am also mindful of diversity and understand the importance of adapting to differing needs because of the impact of social, psychological and medical factors.
I am a good listener, an excellent communicator, and an astute critical thinker. I am attuned to the needs of my clients, their family members, and my colleagues and I am cognizant of the need to accommodate various styles of communication and interaction. Especially during the last few months of the Covid-19 crisis, I have also become very adept at virtually communicating with children of various ages as well as with their caregivers.
My goal as a newly certified SLP will be to provide the best service I can, which will mean continuing to learn and to further actualize my knowledge. I am extremely interested in honing my skills and to help your organization move forward in offering the children the very best path to maximize and strengthen their communication abilities. To this end, I would be privileged to contribute my skills and experience while humbly continuing my quest to learn from those I work with. I have the discipline and the personal commitment necessary to go beyond fulfilling the requirements of this job. Please see my attached, detailed résumé. I can be reached through email or phone.