Ever since Lara was a child, she knew she wanted to work in Education. She grew up in a big family with four siblings. She spent a lot of her free time babysitting cousins and family members. After high school, she went straight to University Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia, majoring in English and French language and then continuing on to complete a Bachelor of Education. While in university, she assisted new students with their pronunciation and phonetics as a Language Lab operator. University summers were filled working in day camps, as a coordinator for the Federal Summer Work Student Exchange program, and working for Parks Canada as a historic guide.
Following her passion for helping children and those most in need, Lara took a six-month break from her degree to volunteer in Nairobi, Kenya. In a local school, she helped teachers organize and plan curriculum, structures, routines, and lessons, as well as assisting in a local orphanage.
Upon completion of her Bachelor of Education, Lara taught English as a second language to adults, then travelled west for a new adventure. Landing in Saskatoon, she taught Elementary students, mostly in the French immersion program. It didn’t take long for Lara to learn that being a teacher means always having to be organized, both as the instructor and assisting students to stay on top of their tasks. Lara has mastered the science of time management, planning and prioritizing tasks, agenda usage, organizing materials, systems to help students stay focused and productive all while recognizing the necessity to talk and work through complex emotions which can often be hindering progress. These are skills that she uses on a daily basis, but also with time and patience is able to impart to her students.
After having worked in the public school system for a few years, Lara decided to take a different route. She moved to Vancouver and became a nanny and a house manager in exceptionally busy households. She is a talented manager as she can keep up with a multitude of tasks and scheduling while also keeping organized and working one-on-one with students who have learning disabilities. She was responsible for juggling and keeping track of various other people and their tasks, while at the same time, learning how to recognize when someone was becoming overwhelmed or stretching themselves too thin. Working with and managing the organizational systems of learning disabled students taught her strategies to help them progress. It also taught her compassion, patience and understanding, the importance of front-loading, anticipating the needs of the student, as well as the gentle soft touch when things didn’t go right.
Lara combines teaching organizational strategies for independent self-management, with the ability to manage multiple different students and their individual needs at the same time, while also having the awareness to step in and catch the balls before they are dropped and keep everyone on track.