Past and current projects have been drawing on my linguistics training and highly flexible style in a variety of settings, both academic and in community settings.
First Nations Languages
My work is not just informed by working with BC First Nations on language documentation and revitalization, as well as language resource development, but also informed by my training in linguistic field work at the University of British Columbia. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Stó:lō Nation since 2017, doing transcription, analysis, developing language teaching materials & curriculum, as well as training community members in “user-friendly linguistics”. It is my great privilege to currently support the Stó:lō Shxwelí language program full time as a linguist.
Previously I worked for First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) as a language coach for 2 years (2019-2021), supporting First Nations Language teachers in their classrooms. Support ranged from increasing the teachers’ own oral proficiency to helping them increase their students’ language use in the classroom, to lesson and language planning.
I have been an affiliated member of the Innovis Lab team at the University of Calgary, working on a data visualization project for Canadian Open Energy Data. For this work I have used my linguistics expertise to advise on textual data. I have also been involved in an interview project that aimed to get an understanding of the public’s information needs with respect to Open Energy Data.
Living with three dyslexics (my husband and two of my three children) piqued an interest into the linguistic aspects in dyslexia research. I completed the intensive coursework for Orton-Gillingham tutors (via the Dyslexia Training Institute- DTI), and am creating educational materials about dyslexia through a linguist’s lens. I have been invited by DTI to present a webinar at their yearly online conference in 2019, introducing basic linguistics terminology and principles to teachers. I took an intensive seminar with Pete Bowers at Wordworks Kingston, to gain a deeper understanding of Structured Word Inquiry, a methodology that teaches spelling based on linguistics principles.