About Kathy

My mission is to pursue, inspire, and nurture grace and excellence for my family and those in my circle of influence.

Since I wrote that mission statement in 2001, I have been on a learning journey to become more fully myself, and to create my preferred life. Articulating my mission gave me permission to say yes to those things that are mine to do, and no to the rest. Narrowing my focus resulted in expanding my circle of influence.

My life has been full of opportunity, amazing people, blessings and challenges. At each stage, there have been factors both within and outside my control. Through the years, I engaged in reflective practice to build self-awareness, identified areas for growth, and then pursued excellence. On many occasions, I articulated a vision for what I wanted my life to look like in the near future, and that clarity enabled me to take action that translated my vision into reality.

I believe that there are concrete actions you can take to create your best life. This journey requires living intentionally, grace for yourself and others, and a deep commitment to learning. I am here now, living the life I envisioned many years ago, as a result of those choices.

Are you striving to create a meaningful life, and wondering what that might look like? Or struggling to bring your vision to reality?  Look here to see if there is a way for us to learn our way forward . . . together.

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Professional Background

I have been an educator for over 30 years, pursuing growth and contribution. Each new opportunity extended my circle of influence and led to deeper understanding of the education system and the various levels of impact: classroom, school, school authority, and system. Through Kanopy Consulting, I offer skills and insights gleaned from the following experiences:

  • Adjunct Professor for the University of Portland in Edmonton, Alberta: teaching graduate students in pusuit of educational leadership.

  • System Leader for Alberta Education: working with superintendents and senior staff to promote continuous improvement.

  • Principal with Edmonton Public Schools: led two elementary schools through significant transitions.

  • Consultant with Edmonton Public Schools in Special Education, Assessment, and Resource Development.

  • High school teacher of Math and Science: delighted in working with students who struggled to succeed-building their capacity for learning.

For more details on my professional background, check out my Linked In profile or get in touch here.

I find Kathy to be an incredibly conscientious and compassionate educator. She is thoughtful about what and how we learn. I appreciated her efforts to ensure our learning experiences were impactful and relevant. I also appreciate that she was always taking stock of the emotional state of her students. She made learning feel safe.”

Leanne Aura, Former Graduate Student

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