Life-Long Learner Profile

Hello. My name is Shawna and I am a lifelong learner. Some might say I am in need of a 12 step program to help with my addiction to learning new things. I say, “learning helps make me feel like I can be a better me than I was yesterday.”

My passion for teaching teachers how to teach was began when I was given the opportunity to conduct teacher observations and host professional development workshops. I then became a TESOL instructor and practicum supervisor, which fulfilled a goal I had had for many years. In teaching this program, I get to see my dream of inspiring others the in the same way I have been inspired come alive with each class. 

I have taken many classes over the years, including Curriculum Development and Instructional design, Teaching English for Academic Purposes, the Provincial Instructor's Diploma, and I am currently pursuing my designation as a Certified Training and Development Practitioner (CTDP). 

With these tools in my toolbox, my teaching style evolves almost daily, and I am better equipped to support those around me. I believe that sharing is caring, so the more I learn, the more I have to share. 

In the last few years, I have spent quite a bit of time consulting on curriculum development and instructional design projects. More specifically, I have designed programs for Customer Service, Sales and Marketing, Business Administration, and ESL for health care. I have assisted in the facilitation of DACUM workshops, consulted on PTIB program approvals and accreditation, and designed training manuals for corporations. 
The greatest opportunity I have had since joining the job is working as a contributor with Oxford University press. I have been designing curriculum and training guides specific to a deal ILAC has signed with Oxford University Press for custom course textbooks. 
When I am not learning on-the-job, I teach myself new crafts via DIY videos on the weekends. Once I learn it, I teach it to friends. Sometimes I think there is a bit too much learning happening in my life and I should slow down. But, then I remind myself that every new thing I learn, makes me who I am. People often ask me how I turned out the way I did. My answer is simple. I grew up always wondering how I could make things to be better than they were. Change is inevitable when learning happens. 

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