I’m a student first, and a teacher second.
I’m a self-proclaimed educational methodology nerd. From the time I was old enough to work, I've been teaching.
At 15, I was a lifeguard and swimming instructor. I loved it. I was in the sun all summer long teaching kiddos and keeping the rowdy teenagers and beach-goers safe on the water.
In the off-season I was at the community pool every weekend. I very quickly began teaching lifeguard level prep courses and had a keen interest in teaching the 'more complicated stuff' such as methodology and more advanced applications of everything I had learned.
In my early twenties, I was a head lifeguard in Canmore and worked closely with my manager on program coordination and swim lesson management.
Soon after, I hit the road and moved to the Okanagan where I attended a couple of intense professional diving programs. The first was a scuba diving instructor program, and then a commercial diving program (think underwater welder).
I fell even more deeply in love with teaching, because the instructor program was full of teaching methodology. I dove deep into learning the order in which you present information, how to structure a lesson plan, time management, review, material mastery, and a whole bunch more.
I enjoyed this so much - and grasped it so well - that I quickly was offered the position of full-time instructor and educational coordinator at the college I had just attended. I got to work under the school director and learned a ton. I was in charge of everything from curriculum development, to course planning, to scheduling and assessment (test) writing. I even flag-shipped their first online training programs.
When I transitioned into teaching yoga after about five years in the diving world, I knew I wanted to teach teachers. I wanted to do it right away, but also wanted to get some solid trainings and time teaching under my belt first. So for the past five years, I've taught a lot of yoga classes and many yoga teacher trainings.
And because I keep learning, I'm continuously adding new things to my teacher trainings - both on the water and on dry land. This keeps my inner educational nerd stoked and helps expand my offerings.
A mentor of mine once told me, "As an educator, make sure you never bullshit your students. They will know. If they ask you a question that you don't know the answer - tell them you don't know the answer. You say that you will find out and get back to them, but in the meantime you keep your integrity and strengthen your relationship with your students. That way, you keep learning more. If the day ever comes when you think you know it all, stop teaching."
Take a look at the training I've done in the past decade. Some of it's non-yoga related, and a lot of it is. But it's definitely all been relevant and shaped the teacher I am today.
Yoga Anatomy w/ Rachel Scott
March 2019 - Present
B School w/ Marie Forelo
May - June 2019
Copy Cure w/ Marie Forleo
February 2018 - Present
Create Your Course: YTT Development Program w/ Rachel Scott
The Professional Yoga Teacher, 8 Week Online Program w/ Natalie Rousseau
Fire & Flow: Vinyasa Teaching Intensive w/ Natalie Rousseau, Victoria, BC
Skills in Action: Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Intensive w/ Natalie Rousseau, Courtenay, BC
Paddle Canada Advanced Flatwater SUP Instructor Training w/ Mike Darbyshire, Victoria, BC
Yoga for Pain Care, w/ Neal Pearson & Pain BC, Nanaimo, BC
Yoga for Trauma, Resilience and Emotional Well Being w/ Langara College, Vancouver, BC
Reiki Master Practitioner/Level 3 w/ MacKinnon Wellness, Kelowna, BC
Instructor Mentorship Program w/ Susie Newson, Kelowna, BC
SUP Yoga Instructor Training w/, Penticton, BC
200HR Yoga Teacher Training w/ SOYA (South Okanagan Yoga Association), Naramata, BC
40HR Yoga Anatomy Course w/ Martin Kirk, Online Webinar
DCBC Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diver Training w/ Diving Dynamics, Kelowna, BC