At Connect To Learn, our team is dedicated to personalized education. We strive to ensure students graduate with the academic and social skills to enter the workforce or move on to post secondary education. We pride ourselves on having high standards for staff. Each of our employees has extensive education, experience, and training in related fields to provide the highest quality of education and care for our students. For information on each of our incredible staff members, scroll down.
Suzanne is our owner and operator at Connect To Learn. She previously worked at a tutoring centre before moving on to start up her own company. Suzanne founded Connect To Learn Corporation in 2012. Over the years CTL has grown so much! Suzanne is trained in Structure of Intellect, Orton Gillingham, and psychology. Suzanne has plenty of experience with kids, having raised two of her own, and being the go-to childcare for neighbourhood families for years. Suzanne is always excited to take on something new. She is very passionate about giving back and helping families in our community. Suzanne hopes to take CTL to the next level and continues to work towards helping more families.
Bobbi Jo has worked with Connect To Learn since 2012, right from the beginning. She specializes in multi-sensory work and the Orton Gillingham method. She has worked for many years as a behavioural interventionist. Bobbi Jo found her calling when her young daughter was struggling in elementary school. One thing led to another, and with the guidance and mentorship of Suzanne Allan, she gets to do work that she is passionate about. She is thrilled to help change the lives of families. We love Bobbi Jo’s commitment to her work, and the unmatched level of experience she is able to bring to Connect To Learn!
Jessica works with our elementary students. She has worked for Connect To Learn for 3 years. Education has always been her passion. Jessica began her time with us after completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Simon Fraser University. She is now completing a Master’s Degree in Education while working with Connect To Learn. Previously, she has worked with children in many capacities. She taught swimming lessons and lifeguarded, ran summer camps, and worked as a summer nanny. Jessica also worked at the Simon Fraser childcare center while completing her undergraduate degree. She is a certified kids yoga instructor, holds a certificate in mental health education, and a certificate in Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Tim attended Canadian University College (now Burmann University) in Lacombe Alberta. His education primarily surrounds Biology and the other sciences as well as 2 years course study in Secondary level Education. Tim joined us in September of 2017, he has been a wonderful addition to our high school group. Tim's goal with the students is to create a sense of personal pride, while fostering a 'can do attitude' and confidence in tackling their course work. Tim strives to help the students reduce their anxiety towards more difficult or complicated concepts through flexible teaching styles. He attempts to bring brevity and a more "light-hearted" approach (while expecting quality) to calm nerves and increase learning. Tim is an excellent role model to his students!
Katie has been with Connect to Learn since October 2018. She was an outstanding addition to our elementary group but has since taken on the middle school group. She grew up in the Lower Mainland and moved to Kelowna in September 2018. She attended the University of British Columbia where she completed a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Katie started working with children and youth as a gymnastics instructor in 2004. She coached gymnastics for over 10 years before she began working as a behaviour interventionist. For two years Katie worked for an early intervention company that trained her in a specific type of ABA therapy referred to as R&R (Regulate and Reference). We adore Katie’s fun PE lessons and her impeccable work ethic!
Amy has worked with Connect To Learn since 2015. She specializes in Art Therapy. Amy began working with the students in art and then was hired on to a more regular position. She currently works with our life skills group. Previously Amy, received a fine arts degree from University of Waterloo, then a diploma from an art therapy post graduate program from the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute. Amy has worked with a variety of populations and enjoys offering healing and growth through the arts. She is great fit for our life skills groups at Connect To Learn. We appreciate Amy’s ability to make everything more creative!
We are so happy that Louise joined our team this year! Louise has been a fabulous addition to our elementary classroom. Louise was born and raised in Vancouver and moved to Kelowna for university but now calls Kelowna home. She recently graduated from The University of British Columbia- Okanagan, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She may be new to us, but she has worked with children for a number of years; coaching gymnastics, working at day cares, summer camps, and has worked in an afternoon program with children with special needs. She loves to help children succeed and reach their fullest potential and believes education is one of the most valuable things in the world. We love Louise’s creative adaptations; she makes learning fun!
Lexi has been working with Connect To Learn since February of 2019. Lexi is finishing her last year in a Bachelor of Human Kinetics Degree at the University of British Columbia here in the Okanagan. She is passionate about Health Promotion and education. Lexi started with us by doing Behaviour Intervention work. We saw Lexi build great relationships with the students as a BI and offered her a part time educator position while she finishes school. We are so glad she came on board as an educator. Her science and math expertise is very helpful for our older students. We love Lexi’s passion for learning and helping her students succeed!