Teaching &
Instructional Design

Pedagogical Training & Achievements


  • 2020 Student Teaching Award of Excellence, Wilfrid Laurier University

Certificates & Training

  • 2021 Intercultural Certificate, Laurier International

  • 2019 Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) (certificate)

  • 2019 University Teaching for Doctoral Students (certificate)

  • 2019 Course Re(Design) Workshop

  • 2019 Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) (certificate)

  • 2018 University Teaching Foundations

  • 2017 Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education, edX MOOC for Educators

  • 2010 Dealing with Difficult People, Conestoga College

Teaching - Undergraduate

ES274: One Earth, One Health

This course introduces students to current issues in health and the environment. Through One Health and Eco-Health lenses, students will learn how to critically analyze the nexus of people, animal, environment factors that result in interconnected health risks. Students will begin to develop the analysis skills necessary to recommend and communicate solutions that achieve better health outcomes for all. Interdisciplinary case studies will be used to help students develop the skills and strategies central to the One Health and Eco Health approaches to address a range of health and environmental challenges, including; environmental toxicology, air, water, and soil quality, climate change, food safety and security, communicable diseases including zoonosis, mental and physical health, Indigenous reconciliation, and social justice.

GG102: Introduction to Human Geography

This course gives students an overview of the key concepts in human geography, concepts that will help them understand the rapidly changing world in which they live – and the very different world in which they will soon find themselves. Success will not only come from having foundational or expertise knowledge in one area, but also in being able to critically think and assess the kinds of information and conditions they will be faced with in the future. One issue that is center stage is global climate change, and the theme for this term is Surviving Climate Change. Is there really a debate about whether climate change is real? How do our actions impact global climate, and how are we impacted? Topics include how issues of development, consumption, and other course topics impact (and are impacted by!) global climate change. The course examines why climate change is happening, the differences in how global populations are impacted, and what it all means for the future.

Workshops & Short Courses

2022 Laurier Summer Institute of Research Methods
Creating Effective Online Pedagogy
In this workshop we will describe and define some foundational considerations for creating effective online pedagogy, including universal design for learning and the concept of backwards design to guide content creation. The workshop will be focused on instructional design; however, we will briefly touch on strategies for teaching an asynchronous online course. Students will have the opportunity to create a short online lesson by applying what they have learned. This workshop is particularly relevant in our ever-evolving teaching and learning environment where new and existing courses are increasingly being offered in an asynchronous online format and educators have the opportunity to develop new online courses.

2019 Guelph Organic Conference
Country Bee, City Bee: Building Bridges Between People and Pollinators
In this workshop, my co-presenter and I gave an overview of pollinators and pollination with a focus on native bee populations. Bee Friendly Farming and Bee City initiatives were discussed.

2019 Laurier Summer Institute of Research Methods
Qualitative Research Approaches: Finding the Right Fit
In this full-day course my co-instructor and I helped students explore five qualitative approaches to research, including case study, ethnography, grounded theory, narrative research, and phenomenology.

Instructional Design

Instructional Designer (April 2021 - October 2022)

In this role I am responsible for online course design and project management, working both independently and collaboratively across a team of academics, curriculum consultants, eLearning developers, QA specialists and external vendors. In addition, I will ensure courses are delivered on time and meet Conestoga's high standards for academic quality.

Instructional Design Specialist (January - June 2021)

In this role I work collaboratively with institutional colleagues toward developing online courses and programs by applying my knowledge of instructional design theory, project management, strong communication and self-management skills. I make recommendations to enhance and ensure quality standards in online learning courses, processes, and procedures; prepare instructional design resources; and stay informed of the educational literature and trends in higher education.

President's Award for Team Achievement, 2021

Clinical Teaching


  • 2020 Preventative Care Program, Primary Care Physician's Office
    Monitored and updated patient status for appropriate preventative care including: cervical, breast, and colon cancer screening

  • 2008 - 2012 Infection Prevention and Control
    Provided theoretical and hands-on training to medical and allied hospital staff.
    Provided education about healthcare associated infections (HAIs) to patients and families.

  • 2011 Just Clean Your Hands Program Expert
    Advised local implementation of JCYH program, mentored assistant coaches, coordinated site visits, conducted training sessions, surveys, and assessments. and provided reports to Regional Infection Control Network coordinator.

  • 2004 - 2008 Cardiac Care
    Prepared patients for their cardiac interventions (cardiac surgery, pacemaker insertion, angiogram/plasty, cardioversion).
    Recovered and monitored patients post cardiac intervention and provided education and support for patients and families for discharge home.