My background is as a speech-language pathologist. I received
both my undegraduate and graduate degrees in this area from the
University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario from 1979 to 1985.
my clinical training, I have always considered myself more of an
educator than a clinician. This strongly influenced my work at
the Mantioba School for the Deaf, where I implemented classroom-based
teaching of communication skills rather than pull-out therapy sessions.
I left the Manitoba School for the Deaf in 1992 to be part of a
research project affiliated with Sign Talk Children's Centre.
Sign Talk is a bilingual daycare established by the Deaf
community in Winnipeg and incorporates the use of American Sign
Language and English. The project was funded by Health and
Welfare Canada and involved studying the children's development of both
languages over a three-year period.
The work on the Sign Talk
project prompted me to pursue a doctorate degree in Educational
Psychology at the University of Manitoba so I could continue to
research language development in Deaf children and its relation to
literacy skills. My doctoral dissertation was titled, "Literacy
Development in Deaf Students: Case Studies in Bilingual Teaching and
Learning" and won the dissertation of the year honours from the
Canadian Association of Educational Psychology in 1999.
that time I have recieved several internal and federal grants to
continue my research in the area of Bilingual Deaf Education with a
particular emphasis on language acquisition and literacy development.
I have presented numerous workshops for parents and teachers, as
well as formal papers at national and international conferences.
I am a professor at the University of Manitoba and teach
primarily in the the area of inclusive special education and
qualitative research methodology. I believe passionately in the
need for all students to realize their potential through the
development of language and literacy. Curriculum Vitae
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