Learning is an act of provocation — a leaving of what is known and charting a course into what is not-yet-known. Change can be exhilarating but also scary. In order for people in my classroom, counselling office, or workshops to take risks and leave behind old ideas or harmful patterns, however, they must first trust me. To earn that trust, I commit to supreme respect for the people and communities I serve.
Everyone has a story — but not every story is equally heard. Evidence-based learning strategies combined with arts (e.g., comics) grow listening and story-telling skills. These methods help people understand complex texts, see beyond implicit bias, rehearse self-regulation, improve decision-making, increase upstanding (not bystanding) in ambiguous, emotional, urgent, and/or unjust situations.
I help people appreciate their strengths; learn so they can achieve their dreams; understand and celebrate their REAL selves; and, ultimately, generously give their talents and gifts to the individuals, communities, and environments they feel called to serve.