timmy_welcome_thumbThis September, several new consultants have joined the SET-BC provincial and regional teams. As a result of retirements and staff members returning to district positions, three teachers and one speech language pathologist began their new roles as SET-BC consultants this school year. We know their energy and enthusiasm will serve them well as they take on the many challenges they will face supporting their SET-BC students and teams. We welcome them to our program!

Sarah Chadwick has been working in the field of special education for the past ten years in both the independent and public school systems in the Lower Mainland. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in English Literature and later received her Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. Her cohort focused on Technology and Critical Thinking and this was where she started seeing the positive impact technology had on education. Sarah believes in the theory that every student learns differently and using technology to teach is the key to fostering that idea. She is excited to start this new position at SETBC and will be working out of the Surrey office as a consultant for Langley and Abbotsford.

Colin Cheng is an elementary trained teacher with specializations in primary and ESL. He taught grades K-4 at Shaughnessy Elementary in Vancouver for the first 6 years of his teaching career and then taught at TREK Outdoor Education program (grade 10 district program) for 6 years at Prince of Wales Secondary. Colin completed his Masters in Educational Technology at UBC. He is enjoying the diversity of schools and working with school teams in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and the Fraser Cascades.

Virginia MacKinnon has had a long and varied teaching career. She has supported a diverse student population as part of several multidisciplinary teams. She worked at BC Children’s Hospital as part of an assessment team where she worked with many students, including those with developmental and acquired disabilities. She most recently worked as an Inclusion Consultant at the VSB where she supported classroom and resource teachers in including students with special needs in their classrooms. She consulted with teams, worked to build capacity and provided specific supports when needed Virginia welcomes this newest opportunity as a training consultant at SET-BC – in some ways it is a comfortable melding of previous positions and in others it is brand new and challenging… something she enjoys!

Reiko Shimizu has been working for several months with Communication Aids for Young Adults (CAYA) supporting clients in their communication needs. She began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with preschoolers with diverse needs. It was there that she met some amazing kids who showed her what technology can do. In particular, she used to work with one little boy who was very bright but had great difficulty with speaking. For their last appointment, they went to a local restaurant together. The child used his communication device to order for himself and even remembered to say please! This was the first time that he had been able to successfully do something in the community all by himself and he was immensely proud of himself. It was at this moment that Reiko knew that she wanted to continue working with assistive technologies. Reiko is most excited about the impact that technology can have in helping students achieve their potential. Reiko will be working in the Metro office serving teams in the Vancouver school district.