- Teacher and Administrator for 30 years in Grades one to nine.
- Trainer with the Calgary Writing Project.
- Initiator and chair of the first Young Writers’ Conference in Calgary.
- B. Ed. , M. A. from the University of Calgary.
- Master’s thesis that investigated the roots of reading in book-sharing episodes between mothers and their two-year-olds.
- Calgary Learning Center – Initiated a highly successful mentor ship training program for reading volunteers in high need schools.
- Private Reading Consultant to parents and their struggling readers.
- Author of the bestselling online course SIMPLY READ! – Parent Version which provides a multimedia-enhanced and interactive method to get children reading better
- Author of bestseller Reading is More than Phonics! A Parents’ Guide for Reading with Beginning or Discouraged Readers now revised and re-titled Simply Read! Helping Others Learn to Read.
- Author of Simply Write! Practical Advice for Personal & Family Writing.
- Author of Simply Too Much Homework! What Can We Do?
- Producer of a teaching video for parents – Coaching Young Readers.
WOMAN OF VISION
Vera was Global Television’s Woman of Vision in Calgary – July 2002!
Woman of Vision recipients are those whose actions and spirit capture our hearts and inspire others to new levels of success. Their commitment and leadership enrich our lives and make our community and world a better place.
SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY 2004 MEDALLION AWARD
Vera was recently awarded the 2004 Medallion Award from the Alumni Association of Seattle Pacific University for exhibiting excellent and outstanding service in her field of work, while representing the ideals of the university.
GOVERNOR GENERAL’S AWARD
She received the Governor General’s Award in Grade 12 at Central Collegiate in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
- Everyone is gifted in some way. The most important role of those who interact with children is to help them identify and strengthen their gifts. Children are capable of much more than we realize if they are given the support and environment that allows for personal growth. Our duty is to empower children with the ability to take on learning for themselves.
- I believe in the basic nature of the fine arts in achieving learning that becomes a part of the deep structure of our experience. Everyone must be given the opportunity to create in many different mediums if they are to appreciate what others have created.
- Everyone who is not mentally handicapped can learn to read if they are not burdened with negative images of reading or of themselves as learners. In this connection, the child’s first contacts with books and reading are very important to the view of what reading is and of one’s role in the process. I am acutely aware that the period of infancy and early childhood is crucial to becoming, not only literate, but to achieving a healthy self-image so that learning can occur.
- Those who successfully enable others to learn are sustainers (as opposed to rescuers or judges). They are able to effectively organize situations which help learners to achieve what I believe to be the most basic of human needs: a sense of importance and a validation that they are able to do things that are valued by others.
- My goal in working with others is to be a lens and catalyst, to help them blend new perspectives into their own frames of reference. I have a common sense, simplified approach to teaching and learning that involves learners in skill-building activities while fostering an interest in learning for the sake of learning.