How did you start out?
After finishing my Master’s degree, I was offered a job with the Ministry of Education in South Korea. In addition to teaching duties, I was also given the opportunity to develop curriculum, train teachers, write textbooks, present cultural seminars, and much more. Working within so many different areas of educational administration got me hooked!
What piece of advice would you give to your 21-year-old self?
I would tell myself that it’s okay to try to make others happy, but don’t forget to value your own voice and self – don’t compromise on what really matters!
What helped you get as far as you have?
A strong work ethic, a willingness to learn and change, and coffee. Lots of coffee.
A low point in your career/life and how you overcame it?
When my partner and I returned to Canada after many years of living and working abroad, it felt like starting over again in terms of building up a network, reputation, and seniority – I felt I’d fallen behind where I “should have been.” I needed to remind myself that international experience is invaluable and helped make me a better, more aware, and more reflective person. The insights gained from those years abroad continue to inform my personal and professional choices.
One word to describe yourself?
Just one?? That’s tough. How about stubborn…?
What are you most proud of in your professional life?
Knowing that I put my best effort into everything I tackle.
Your first paying job: What and when?
Tim Horton’s Donut Shop, when I was 15 – complete with a brown, polyester uniform.
What do you do to keep yourself centered?
Yoga, Karate, Hiking, laughing with my family and friends, though none of these quite as often as I’d like.
What’s your favourite quote?
From my daughter…
You do you, mom.
What would your superpower be?
Self-duplication. I’d finally be able to play fierce street badminton with my kids, improve my fitness, read the stack of books on my bedside table, and get to the bottom of my inbox, all at the same time!