I graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. In Materials Engineering in 2002. I quickly shifted to employment in the area of occupational health and safety, working for Alberta Innovates and Alberta Labour for a number of years. I took an extended leave to raise my children and in that time, my interests changed. In 2016 I began a M.Ed. In Interdisciplinary Studies, which I completed this summer. In this degree I have studied children’s mental health, supporting children with autism spectrum disorder, and identifying twice-exceptional learners. My research interests lie in the field of social and emotional learning, with emphasis in gifted education and twice-exceptional learners. I also focus on partnerships between school jurisdictions and university researchers to create mutually beneficial research.