Manager & COO
"There are no teachers, only learners - it is my job as a teacher to create a learning environment." - Monty Roberts
Born to a home where 'baby talk' was never practised and learning was encouraged, TobyLauren was an avid reader and eager adventurer by the age of four. Her first day of school was a much anticipated event, but after continually being given colouring pages to do while classmates completed their lessons, she soon lost interest in formal 'learning'. She began home schooling in the middle of grade 3, and continued at home through high school, making the most of her time to include training horses and helping on the family farm, learning piano and violin, painting and writing.
After college, she spent some time performing music in Edmonton, as well as teaching piano. It was then that she also began full-time work for WISDOM, becoming Associate Office Manager in 1999 and Manager in 2007.
Besides the responsibilities included in management, TobyLauren also works as chief Editor of the WISDOM Family Magazine and other publications, representing WISDOM at conferences and meetings and assisting parents with various concerns.
TobyLauren is married to Jim, and they live in the countryside with their four children, Jimmie (13), William (11), Helen (9) and Gina (6). Their approach to education is a mix of styles with a focus on fostering a love of learning. They desire to spare their children the frustration and future impediment of an institutional mindset by cultivating curiosity and creativity.