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How would you summarize the work that you do at the Institute in 15 words or less?
I educate students on how to educate themselves in an ever-changing environment.
What do you enjoy the most about working in post-secondary education?
I enjoy the interaction with students and exposing them to a pedagogical model that focuses on mastery, ownership of their choices, while preparing them for work. I maintain contact with a wide variety of students, and it is fulfilling to know that I played a small part in their personal evolution.
What are projects or initiatives that you have completed at the Institute that you are proud of?
In 2017, I turned a face-to-face classroom model into a more inclusive blended model. By the start of the pandemic in 2020, I realized it was time to ensure that if students were going to be online all the time, they could probably use more mental health resources. My educational philosophy is that the primary consideration in shaping our approach to education should be the mental health and overall well-being of students.
Read more about how Orrett is reducing barriers to student learning at BCIT.