Jennifer Fane

Director of Education

PhD in Education, Public Health and Social Policy, Bachelor of Education, BC Certified Teacher

Jenn (she/her) holds an interdisciplinary PhD in education, public health, and social policy from Flinders University (Australia) and a Bachelor of Education degree from Simon Fraser University. She is a passionate advocate for responsive and transformative education that prioritizes the learner and their needs and goals. She began her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher in the New Westminster School District and has been working in a range of educational settings such as schools, early years centres, and universities in both Canada and Australia for the past 18 years. She is a published author and scholar in the areas of education, early years, and teacher education, authoring over 20 peer-reviewed academic publications and a co-authored book.

Her work as a teacher educator has been recognized nationally through the Australian Awards for University Teaching where she was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. In her roles as a teacher, teacher educator, professor, and educational researcher, Jenn is keenly aware of the challenges children, parents, and schools alike face in supporting children with diverse ranges of abilities, and the very real struggle this creates for children and families with diagnosed or suspected learning disabilities. Jenn greatly enjoys fostering strong and mutually rewarding relationships between LDS and educational and community partners to support BC children and families in receiving the constellation of services and supports needed for them to thrive. 

Professional Memberships 

  • British Columbia College of Teachers 

Recent Professional Development: 

  • Attended and presented at the 2022 Early Years Conference (UBC)
  • Attended and presented at the 14th International Development Coordination Disorder Conference (2022) 
  • Public speaking and media training, Dr. Mark Winston, SFU Centre for Dialogue  


You can see a full listing of Jennifer Fane’s published research articles here: