Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to welcome Brooke Senack and Jennifer Laycock as two School-based Behavioural Consultants funded by the 2018/19 Classroom Improvement Fund from Alberta Education. The Behavioural Consultants are assigned to schools across HFCRD and will work directly with students, teachers and parents to address behaviour concerns.
“We are thrilled to welcome Brooke and Jennifer to our division. They have a wealth of experience working with children and I am confident that they will have a profound impact on our students,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin. “We are grateful to Alberta Education for providing funding through the Classroom Improvement Fund so our division could create and financially support these positions.”
The Classroom Improvement Fund (CIF) was created by Alberta Education beginning in the 2017/18 school year. HFCRD’s CIF Committee surveyed teachers to ask how the $314,000 grant could best be used to improve classrooms across the division. For the 2017/18 school year, teachers voted to receive new technology and improved furniture. For the 2018/19 school year, teachers voted to hire these two Behavioural Consultants. In total, the CIF has provided $77 million for classrooms across the province. The funding was allocated to all school divisions based on enrolment. Alberta Education reviews and approves each proposal to ensure it’s within the parameters of the grant program.
Brooke Senack – Northern HFCRD Schools
Brooke has upwards of eight years of experience working with children, youth and their families in varying positions, both in and out of the school setting. She has focused majority of her past experience working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis and with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities.
Brooke holds an honours bachelor degree in Behavioural Psychology, completed at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario. Brooke became knowledgeable in psychological theory and developed skills from clinical placements to carry out effective treatment programs.
She is passionate about advocating for children and families, public awareness and acceptance, and ongoing professional and personal growth. Outside of work, Brooke enjoys exploring the outdoors and spending time with loved ones.
Jennifer Laycock – Southern HFCRD Schools
Jennifer grew up on the family farm in southern Alberta in the Lethbridge area. After finishing high school, she packed up and headed down to Utah to earn her first degree in psychology. Afterwards, she drove across the United States to Florida to start her career, but as luck would have it she needed to move back to Canada shortly after arriving. She started out as assistant in her hometown’s elementary school, eventually working her way to other school divisions as an assistant, and later as Family School Liaison Counsellor. She went back to school after some years to get her Master’s degree in Counselling. She’s been a registered psychologist for almost five years.
When she’s not at work, she’s at the local pool where she paddles at a slow and steady pace. In the summer you can find her in canoes, boats, jet skis, and floaties—basically anything that can get wet. She also loves to fly, and more often than not ends up in recreational aircraft like gliders and ultralights. She likes hiking and being in nature, although she’s more casually outdoorsy and die hard. Great road trips are hard to beat, and without fail she can find enjoyment in reading. She says she’s excited to start working for Holy Family, and getting to know the staff, students, and communities.
Welcome to HFCRD Brooke and Jennifer!