Hi! I’m Shelley, welcome to my site!
So this is the page where you learn a little about me and my crazy crew behind the STEAM Powered Family. I’m a Canadian girl, the first of my family to be born outside of England, so I feel a strong connection to what I consider my homeland. My hair is curly red, my eyes blue, and my stature petite. I kicked off my grown up life by earning a BSc Psychology Specialization. I love learning how the brain works and have spent most of my life continuing to study and learn more about the brain. Originally my focus was on memory, learning and cognition, but since my youngest son came home with a severe case of developmental trauma disorder, I’ve added studies in childhood trauma disorder to the mix.
After graduation I spent a few years doing post grad research at the university. I loved my time at university and never wanted it to end! Eventually I did move on, and spent the next ten years working as a Communications Manager with the government.
After starting a family I took my hobby of fiction writing (and the many dusty manuscripts in my drawer) and started publishing works that people actually paid money to read! Self-publishing allowed me to stay home with my children, which was especially important when my youngest son joined our family and brought with him many special needs.
I’m a proud geek, with a love of technology and all things Doctor Who. Oh and dragons. I’ve always been obsessed with dragons. My husband has nicknamed me Mother of Dragons and boys often remind me of little dragons!
As an introvert with a free spirit, I crave adventure but only if there isn’t a lot of crowds and chaos. I love exploring off the beaten track.
Both my boys have unique and very different needs. My oldest is ten years old. He is gifted and struggles with an anxiety disorder and dysgraphia. He also loves robotics, science, programming and is a voracious reader. My youngest is seven years old and was born in Ethiopia. He had a very difficult start to life and now suffers from Developmental Trauma Disorder, PTSD, developmental delays, sensory processing disorder and severe language delays. Despite all of this, he is thriving. He loves math and science and gaming. He also plays a wicked game of basketball.
We started out in the school system for approximately three years. After facing a lot of struggles we experimented with part-time homeschooling for a time. Finally, we moved to full-time homeschooling in March 2015.
When I’m not running this blog, I am an author, editor and self-publishing coach at Shiny WordWorks, plus I help my husband run his business at Daelen Forge where he is an artisan blacksmith specializing in amazing unique handforged jewelry and home decor items.