Education Researcher, Changemaker, Ashoka Fellow, Speaker, and Author.
My mission is to ensure the world is full of healthy, inclusive schools and lush, sustainable schoolyards. I love working with educators, students, administrators to create inviting spaces that support children's need for social connection and healthy, outdoor play - and I want to help. I hold a PhD in Educational Psychology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and an MS in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy.
Because children are in school for the majority of their childhood, schools play a critical role in shaping their overall behaviors, mindsets, interactions, and quality of life. Schools are - or should be - much more than sites for 'learning'. Schools are communities that influence social connections, feelings of belonging and caring, beliefs and attitudes, individual and social identities, and the very meaning and quality of childhood - for better or for worse. Ultimately, social patterns take root in childhood and follow children across their lifespans, influencing learning experiences, school engagement, academic success, and overall health and well-being outcomes. And the effects cascade into the larger social and cultural fabric to shape future relational patterns and collective population health. I leverage the perspectives of social neuroscience, equity, school engagement, well-being, educational change, and environmental sustainability. The most important part of my work is ensuring that the voices of the children are heard - we cannot truly understand schools unless we listen, carefully, to the everyday experiences of children.