No. 57 Coaching & Educational Consulting provides educational direction for private sector companies seeking to develop or expand their ESG goals through education. The team at No. 57 has experience, knowledge and skills in program development, curriculum creation, grant writing, accreditation, aligning educational practices with indigenous perspectives through allyship, and offers in-house coaching and training to support company employees in creating enriching, repeatable programming for its intended student audiences.
Meet the Team
Jen Wilson comes from a long line of educators and spent 25 years as an educator in BC's public education system as a classroom teacher, interim vice principal, school technology and assistive technology lab administrator, district coordinator of the Career and Applied Design Skills and Technology curricula, and coordinator of the gifted Science Technology Engineering Math program. Jen enjoyed collaborating with in-district and inter-district colleagues, and external organizations such as the Industry Training Authority and go2HR to develop relevant and experiential programs, workshops, and conferences for both educators and students around coding, robotics, woodworking, textiles, foods, and careers and she loves bringing this experience and knowledge to her new career as a Life Coach and Private Sector Education Consultant.
Jen made her foray into private sector educational consulting with the launch of the FIT Life Method Academy and continues to consult as the academy evolves. She has now moved into the tech industry where she is honoured to work with progressive groups of visionaries eager to make an impact in their field.
Jen holds three degrees from UBC and SFU in English, Education, and Project-Based Learning.
Kristin Visscher is an enthusiastic educator born and raised in the suburbs of Vancouver, BC. Growing up on the coast has shaped her love for the ocean and natural world around her. She has taught at the elementary and high school levels for 25 years in roles such as classroom teacher, Science Technology Engineering Math program coordinator, Learning Support Teacher and lead teacher in the career education program where she enjoyed the process of creating impactful curriculum and materials for the more than 200 student under her guidance.
In addition to her B.Ed, Kristin holds a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum Studies from UBC. She is passionate about teaching and finding creative ways to engage learners. Kristin also enjoys teaching adults and has spent many years developing and presenting professional development resources for teachers.
She has worked for organizations such as the Vancouver Aquarium and McGraw-Hill Publishing to create and present science curriculum. Kristin’s philosophy of curriculum design and engagement is centred around building relevance, efficacy and critical skills needed for the 21st century learner. She is interested in bringing her experience and knowledge to the private sector where her skills can support teams to educate and inspire.
Paige Hansen holds a Master’s Degree in Education in the area of Curriculum Studies and is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Transformational Educational Leadership program.
An educator for over 25 years, Paige has spent her career developing programs that inspire students to reach their creative potential. In the role of Delta School District's District Administrator in charge of specialized Sports and Fine Arts Academies, Paige created first-of-its-kind programs. Here, she specialized in pairing working professionals with high school students and created fully accredited programs like the Delta Film Academy, including the Film Acting, Film Production, and Visual Effects Academies, now nearing their 15th year. She is responsible for the first-ever North America Opera and Performance Academy partnering with the prestigious Vancouver Opera.
With degrees in Theatre, her skills focus on engaging groups in the creative collaboration of both program and production development. Dedicated to her role as a learner herself, she has worked to become educated and an active participant in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation journey. She is grateful to live, learn and work on the traditional territory of the Tsawwassen and Musqueam people.
No. 57 Educational Consulting in a Nutshell
Private sector industries have a tremendous opportunity to influence the future of the workforce and one powerful move is to provide robust, meaningful education experiences for their new and existing staff and for outside groups such as youth considering their career options. The possibilities are limitless and highly valuable especially if a company is interested in investing in its future. Many global organizations are already recognizing the limitations of traditional education practices and have opted to personally educate their new employees as a means to ensure they are up to date with the rapidly evolving demands of their fields. Smart leaders know when to capitalize on an opportunity like this and this progressive practice is certainly a game changer.
Not being certified educators should not hold any company back from exploring ways to incorporate education into their practice especially when it involves upgrading training for those currently on payroll or educating those who could be one day. Educating others does not need to be chaotic or rushed or scary. It can be fulfilling, eye-opening, and refreshing if approached the right way. There are many simple and effective tools and strategies for maximizing a company's educational potential and tapping into Educational Consulting is step one.
Having worked with other entrepreneurs who started their own training academies in non-education fields combined with their years in education as educators and district leaders, Jen Wilson, Krisitin Visscher and Paige Hansen understand how to address the challenges of non-educators to create effective, meaningful learning experiences. Educating others requires understanding the various facets that impact learning, a set of reliable practices that are repeatable, tapping into the wealth of resources at hand, an openness to trying things differently, and a willingness to consider alternative perspectives. The act of teaching also serves to solidify the educator's knowledge in their field of expertise and can be the most rewarding and engaging work.
What Ed Consulting Could Look Like for Your Company
During this initial meeting we will: identify areas of educational opportunity, evaluate learning spaces and tools available, interview invested personnel, get a firm grasp on the available in-house resources. A draft proposal will be submitted for review and discussion within a reasonable time of this meeting.
Upon finalizing the proposal, construction of your tailored staff education plan begins. The collaborative construction stage takes discovery material into account and includes, but may not be limited to: vision setting, identifying term curriculum targets, selecting tools and strategies for implementation, coordinating a staff training plan.
This is when the approved plan is put into action and involved staff engage in a series of workshops to learn some core teaching practices and engage with some educational tools and strategies. Should an educational event be imminent, Jen Wilson could be available to observe and provide immediate, supportive feedback.
Education is a life long process and Jen is always looking for ways to bring new understanding into her work, so this final review stage is a powerful opportunity to mutually address successes and continued areas of growth.