Me and my pony, Littlefoot
B. Ed. OCT
My name is Katie LeMay and I am an educator who is also a nature lover, explorer, animal lover, traveller, and lifelong learner, among other things.
I live in Ottawa with my husband Raúl, our daughter Luna, and our cat Penelope. Growing up in south Ottawa I spent my childhood travelling across Canada with my family, reading, camping, playing outside, and spending time with horses. I have always been a curious person who loves to learn - particularly in alternative settings that engage my mind, body, and soul. As a teenager, I spent my summers at the barn riding horses, competing in hunter shows, and working at summer camp teaching kids to ride and interact with horses - my first foray into the world of teaching.
My thirst for knowledge and desire to explore the world led me to pursue a degree in International Development and Globalization, during which I spent time in various countries in Latin America working, volunteering, learning, and growing.
After completing my degree, my experience working with children and youth led me to my first full-time job coordinating and delivering conflict resolution programs in schools with YOUCAN Youth Canada Association. My role at YOUCAN continued to evolve and gave me the opportunity to work with hundreds of diverse young people across the country by facilitating workshops, attending youth-focused conferences, developing educational content, and providing programs for at-risk youth.
My work at YOUCAN led to many years of involvement with other community and school based organizations around the city of Ottawa, and eventually co-founding the not-for-profit organization, InCircle. This also inspired me to complete a certificate in Trauma and Addiction Studies from Algonquin College, and eventually prompted me to pursue my Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Ottawa. I have been a private tutor for over 10 years, offering supportive and personalized experiences for students ranging from 8-17 years old, including homeschooled students as well as those in public and private school systems.
As a certified teacher with a passion for alternative learning, I am thrilled to be working as an educator at Stillwater Stables Education Centre in addition to providing services through Willow Tree. Having known Bethany Groleau, owner and operator of Stillwater Stables, for many years through the world of horses, I now teach horsemanship lessons to children at Stillwater Stables, run summer camp programming there, and offer classes for homeschooled children.