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, followed by a number of years of post grad research. 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 and childhood mental health to the mix.
My focus is on the research side of the brain and understanding the functions and mechanisms, not the clinical, therapy side. Although I have started learning more and more about that side of psychology. My goal is always to learn more so I can helps my own children, plus help others. I continue to train and learn about the brain, I find it utterly fascinating.
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!
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 my boys often remind me of 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.
I’m married to my soul mate. We met 25 years ago and married seven years later. Boy that makes me seem old! We have two gorgeous boys, one through birth, one through adoption.
Both my boys have unique and very different needs. On any given day I may be dealing with teenage hormones, giftedness (2e), anxiety disorder, dysgraphia, Developmental Trauma Disorder, developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, language delays and more.
We started out in the school system for approximately three years. After facing a lot of struggles we experimented with part-time homeschooling before finally moving to full-time homeschooling in March 2015. I was a very reluctant homeschooler!
In 2018 my oldest transitioned back into the school system to take advantage of some amazing opportunities and it has been a wonderful success. I firmly believe that if you empower a child with the knowledge of how to learn and a passion for learning, they can do anything.
STEAM Powered Family started in July 2015 as a way for me to continue with my passion for writing, science and children’s mental health. It has since become my full-time job and I love connecting with so many amazing educators, teachers and parents around the world. We have some of the most innovative, creative and outstanding people in the world connecting through this site and it has been such a privilege to witness the dedication to our children.
When I’m not running this blog or homeschooling, I can be found helping my husband run his business as an Artisan Blacksmith, chasing my crazy cats, or out walking my dog.
Thank you for reading!