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.”

After teaching English as second language in the general English and university preparation classes, I began conducting teacher observations and hosting professional development workshops based on teacher needs. I then became a TESOL instructor and practicum supervisor. Here, I got to nurture many new “TESOL babies” as I call them. The future teachers of our company. I discovered quickly that I love teaching teachers how to teach.

I took classes in curriculum development and instructional design, and Teaching English for Academic Purposes. Once I had these tools in my toolbox, my teaching style changed forever. I couldn’t sit in the lunchroom and listen to conversations about lesson ideas without word-vomiting my ideas all over my colleagues.

Recently, I was offered a position I consider to be a once-in-a-life-time-opportunity because it was designed especially for my skill set and interests.  I am an Academic Coordinator at: ILAC International College and the International Language Academy of Canada where my main responsibilities are curriculum design and teacher support. More specifically, I get to:
Design materials and curriculum for programs such as
Some of the tasks I perform are
  • Design and host workshops and information sessions
  • Conduct teacher observations and feedback sessions
  • Manage and teach a TESL Canada recognized TESOL program
  • Coordinate a Pathways Program
  • Design new programs and maintain regulatory compliance
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. 
Sometimes I think there is a bit too much learning happening in my life – like drinking from a fire hose. 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 thinking about how I could change things to be better than they were. Change is inevitable when learning happens. 

If you are interested in contacting me to discuss any of the ideas posted on this blog, or if you have any suggestions for topics you would like to be explored further, send me a message using the contacts link at the bottom of the blog.