With a desire to assist children in improving their quality of life and help them become more independent, Sophie hopes to raise awareness about Conductive Education (CE) and promote it as an effective method for those with neurological conditions. Currently offers CE to children of various ages, providing classes every day. Her “teach to learn” philosophy has been recognized by the community awarding her with the “Star of Mississauga South Award”
Miriam Gaid is the mother of twins, one of whom was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 18 months of age. Miriam sought to create a customized educational program and facility, specifically designed for children with neurological conditions, that would offer the physical and therapeutic support they need while providing an Ontario-based education curriculum. With a shared vision and a desire to provide children with neurological conditions a place to grow both physically and academically, Sophie and Miriam established The CE Academy.
Cassandra Farrugia is a OCT teacher who specializes in special education. She received her degree from Nipissing University and is qualified at the primary/junior level. In combination with her BEd, Cassandra completed her BA with a minor in psychology and leadership at Wilfrid Laurier University. She holds additional qualifications in the area of special education and is currently pursuing her masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Cassandra is passionate about education, inclusion, and equal access for all.
Shelley Neal is a Special Education Teacher with 33 years of experience with the Toronto District School Board. She has a passion for education, special education and advocating for the inclusion of her students. Shelley received the “Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence” in 2015 for her work at Bloorview School Authority, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.