Our Administrative Team

At Halifax Learning, we love stories and our story began in Prince Edward Island, with Sarah. Read Sarah's Story and learn how SpellRead came to Halifax. We are a team of teachers, psychologists, social workers and business experts working collectively to advance research and development in evidence-based education in Nova Scotia and Canada. 

 

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Sarah Arnold, Founder & CEO
You won’t find another human more invested in reading than this woman! When Sarah says SpellRead works, you can believe her, she was a student herself. Sarah began the SpellRead program as a Bishops University Alumni. Despite being a high-achieving French Immersion student, Sarah felt she 'missed the day in class when the students all learned how to read well'. In spite of her success as a student Sarah always struggled with efficient reading, until she met Dr. Kay MacPhee, her would be SpellRead teacher. SpellRead unlocked untapped potential in Sarah and inspired her future to become the entrepreneur she is now. Today, Sarah is driven to ensure all students in Canada receive the foundational skills required to read, but more importantly, to read efficiently. Sarah has supported literacy initiatives in the United States, China, Europe, and Atlantic Canada and has no intentions of stopping there. When Sarah isn’t hustling to bridge the reading gap, she is raising her own reader, Ms. Anna.


Check Anna out on CTV Morning Live achieving, what we like to call, Super Sonic Sublexical Automaticity ... we're still working on our Super Hero character!

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Eryn Steele, Partner & COO
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ryn, our Chief Operations Officer, began on her path to Halifax Learning as a SpellRead Instructor in 2000. Since that time, Eryn has had an impact on all facets of the program. From delivery, development, training and implementation, Eryn has been an advocate for evidence-based literacy programs from her first day of training. Eryn has facilitated the implementation of SpellRead to over 800 students at 6 publicschools in Florida.  Eryn was the Regional Director in New Brunswick for three years and then moved back to Halifax in 2006 to join Canadian Learning FoundatioNS.
 
Eryn is a devoted Mom, equally passionate about her babies and fur-babies.  Eryn has had the opportunity to live, work and travel all over the world, attended universities on both coasts of Canada and feels blessed to have experience so many cultures and communities. Eryn is passionate about community development and ensuring all members of those communities are enabled to reach their full potential.  This passion has  propelled her to become the COO of CLF and we couldn't be happier to have her! 

 

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Melinda Cameron, Partner & CRO
Melinda, our Chief Research Officer, received an honors degree from Carleton College in International Relations in 2003. Upon graduation, Melinda traveled abroad to teach English as a Second Language in South Korea for two years. Melinda received her TESL Certification from Saint Mary's University in 2013. Today she is completing her Research Master of Arts in Education from Mount Saint Vincent University. Melinda joined the Halifax Learning team in 2006 and quickly became an expert in all facets of the SpellRead program, as an instructor, assessor and trainer. Melinda became a partner with Halifax Learning in 2017. With her combined organizational skills, program expertise and passion for education and innovation, Melinda is an essential component of the Administrative Team for CLF.

Fun fact, Melinda’s daughter, Cordelia, is named after a character from Shakespeare’s play, King Lear. Her academic record and preference for children’s names is evidence she is dedicated to lifelong learning.


 

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Megan Brooks, Program Director & Marketing Manager
After completing her undergraduate degree , like most young, wanna-be professionals, Megan was unsure of her future, but had a hunch she wanted to be a teacher.  Wanting to be sure of her decision, Megan responded to a job posting for a SpellRead instructor.  The pride, joy and fulfillment Megan felt in meeting the needs of struggling readers was undeniable.  In 2012 Megan completed her Bachelor of Education Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University and became the location lead for our Tantallon office.  In 2017, Megan has beautiful family, loves coaching and is committed to providing evidence-based programs to those in need explicit, systematic instruction.    

Becoming a parent has enriched Megan's understanding and passion for early intervention and foundational literacy skills. She shares that passion for sports and recreation and is dedicated to providing youth with the opportunities to excel on their chosen path. With a coach's background, Megan believes whole heatedly in the philosophy of "Players Win, Coaches Lose". Megan's mission is to ensure that at Halifax Learning, our students always win and our teachers never lose.

In addition to Megan's role as Program Director for the SpellRead program, she is also our Marketing Manager.  If you are a marketing professional or interested in taking part in our monthly newsletter, please contact us at media@halifaxlearning.com to collaborate! We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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Shakisha Downey, Administrative Coordinator
Shakisha is the like the lifelong friend you never get to see, but when you do, everything just feels right.  As a recent graduate of Dalhousie University, with a BA in Sociology and Social Anthropology, Shakisha brought innovation, productivity and a meticulous attention to detail to CLF.  She immediately embraced our mission, embodies our values and makes a mean Philly Cheesesteak Burger. 

Shakisha plans to go back to school for her Masters in Sociology, with the goal of eventually becoming a parole officer. She is very interested in studying and understanding crime and criminal behavior, as well as the social circumstances (including literacy) that impact the lives of those who find themselves in the grip of the Canadian Criminal justice system.

When Shakisha isn't keeping us in line, you can find her by the ocean with her family and fur-baby, King.

 

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Emily Stevens, Team Lead & Camp Director
Emily joined the team in 2016 and has quickly proven her skills as a teacher, administrator and Camp Director. Emily is a recent graduate from Mount Saint Vincent University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Emily is a lover of nature, animals, reading and youth. She volunteered as a tutor with Pathways to Education and has experience coaching horseback riding! When she isn’t studying or teaching you can find her with her dog!

 

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Kim Larkin, Team Lead
Kim joined the CLF team soon after she completed the 
Business Administration program at NSCC in 2017.  With her intense attention to detail and passion for coaching, Kim was an excellent fit as our location lead in Bedford.  Kim has spent many years as a youth soccer coach and volunteer at "The Hub", a youth center in Canmore, Alberta and Feed NS.  Kim is passionate about Yoga, nutrition and inner health. Her favourite author is Robert Munsch. 
 
Fun fact:
You may find Kim calling out Bingo at a senior home near you!
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