British Columbia, Canada Representative
My name is Leroy Slanzi and I have been an Educator in British Columbia for the past 20 years. I started my career working in a Foundational Skills Program working with our most vulnerable learners. After completing a Masters Degree in Special Education, I went on to become a Special Education Teacher, again working with vulnerable learners. Since then I have worked as a Vice Principal / Principal in an Elementary School, Middle School and a High School. My most proud accomplishment was leading Merritt Central Elementary School in becoming the first Play Is The Way Lighthouse School in Canada. I feel proud and privileged to be able to introduce the PLAY IS THE WAY® methodology, as a licensed PITW representative, to Canadian schools and teachers.
I first encountered the Play Is The Way through colleagues who attended a workshop and at the time we were knee deep in the growth mindset philosophy. These two amazing educators felt that Play Is The Way was the perfect program to develop and effectively invoke change in our school culture and they were not wrong. It transformed our whole school, leading us out of a behaviour management philosophy, to one that focused on behaviour education. We began using the program with students immediately and we recognized the immense potential PLAY IS THE WAY® has in helping empower children, teachers, and parents. Within months we developed a sound school plan that encompassed the Play Is The Way philosophy.