teaching and learning Contributors

Curious Neuron aims to bring together people who specialize in all aspects of teaching and learning. We provide teachers we tips and tools from both personal experience and research in education. We bring relevant neuroscience research to the forefront to help teachers better understand how the brain learns and what can impact student learning. 

A students educational environment plays a crucial in shaping the brain’s ability to learn and determining the students’ academic achievement
— Dr. Kurt Fischer, Harvard University

Learning and the brain


Cindy Hovington, Phd. Founder of curious neuron 

Cindy holds a doctoral degree in neuroscience from McGill University. Her studies focused on emotions and memory in people with psychosis. During her studies at the Douglas Mental Health Institute in Montreal, she had the pleasure of becoming one of the coordinators of an award winning science outreach program called BrainReach. This sparked her interest in education which motivated her to pursue her postdoctoral fellowship in science education. She started Curious Neuron in 2013 with the hopes of merging neuroscience and learning to inform parents and teachers. 

Specialities: Neuroscience, play-based learning, mental health, cognition.


Toronto, Canada


Saskia is a knowledge translation specialist; her expertise is in making research evidence accessible and applicable to health and education. She is currently at the Ontario Brain Institute where she works with scientists and patients to bridge the gap between neuroscience research and patient care. Saskia is passionate about connecting neuroscience and education and has experience in both fields, including clinical neuroimaging research at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and program and curriculum development for students with dyslexia at NoticeAbility. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Mind, Brain and Education from Harvard University.


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Ying-Syuan (Elaine) earned an engineering degree from National Taiwan Normal University, and a MA degree from McGill University. She is passionate about stimulating children’s curiosity, creativity, and interest in learning. Since 2014, Elaine has been pursuing a PhD degree in the Mathematics and Science Education program at Faculty of Education at McGill University. Throughout her graduate training thus far at McGill, Elaine's primary focus is to support science teachers to make science and engineering relevant and accessible to all students. Currently, she is involved in several professional learning communities for science and technology teachers in Québec,Canada. 

Emmanuelle Khoury

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Emmanuelle Khoury, PhD holds a doctoral degree in social work from Université de Montréal.  Her studies explored the ways in which mental health professionals can open dialogues with people living with important mental health issues in order to accompany them in creating a meaningful quality of life in the community.

She has been a member of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et thérapeutes familiaux et conjugaux de Québec since 2004 during which time she has worked as a social worker, coordinator, and researcher with children, families, adults and older adults experiencing important mental health difficulties.  She is currently a social worker in private practice, working with adults and young adults. Find out more about the counselling and coaching services she offers at www.emmanuellekhoury.com. She is also teaches mental health and social work practice at Université de Montréal and McGill University.

She started her career as a home based Applied Behaviour Analysis therapist in 2002 with young children on the autism spectrum and their families.Although always interested in working with children, her role as mother to three children aged 12, 10 and 6 sparked her interest in the intersection of education, mental health and well-being, and society which she hopes to share with parents and teachers.




Nadia is an elementary school teacher that has been part of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board for over 12 years. She also has a Bachelors of Arts and Science majoring in Early Childhood Studies from Concordia University. Her studies have been geared towards the development and understanding of children ranging from newborn to 11 years old. She is a well-rounded teacher who has taught from kindergarten level through to 6th grade, including a variety of subjects such as: Language Arts, Mathematics, Ethics and Religious Culture, Physical Education, and Art. Her patience , compassion, and eagerness to help children learn have been, and continue to be, key assets throughout her career. When she is not working she is spending time with her children, being creative with crafting, reading and love being up north at the cabin!




Rebecca has been a science teacher at Collège Villa Maria since 2006, and has experience teaching Biology, Secondary 2 and 3 Science and Technology, Secondary 4 Environmental Science, and Secondary 5 Chemistry. She holds a B.Ed. from Brock University, as well as a B.Sc. in Biology from Queen’s University, and an M.Sc. in Biology from McMaster University. Before becoming a teacher Rebecca worked for three years as a Research Assistant in a molecular oncology lab in the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University. In her science classes, Rebecca endeavours to make science engaging and inclusive, and loves to discuss current events and research in science with her amazing students. Outside of class, she supports and encourages students to participate in science-related clubs, activities, and competitions. Rebecca is also a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University, where she hopes to study mathematics difficulties experienced by very preterm children.




Sara holds a Masters degree in Literacy Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She was a teacher for ten years in New York City, Boston and, Massachusetts.  During her years working in various schools she taught pre-k, first grade, fourth grade, and resource/special education for kindergarten-fifth grade.  She holds specializations in teaching English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities, and Reading & Writing.  She currently works as a private tutor and is raising a toddler while striving to incorporate Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, and Forest School philosophies of early childhood education at home. 




Sarah is an Upper Elementary Montessori Teacher, and has been teaching in a public Montessori school since 2006.  Sarah has her 0-3 AMI Montessori Assistant Certification and 6-12 AMS Montessori Teacher Certification.  Last year, she completed a Professional Organization course and started working with families to create a "Prepared Environment" for their children using Montessori principles and philosophy (@the_prepared_environment).  Her daughter, Layla, is her inspiration for minimizing at home and working on setting up a space that is organized and child-friendly. (Click here to see Sarah’s articles for children ages 0-5 years)

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Carrie holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. During her studies she completed both a practicum in adult mental health as well as an internship in a high school setting. She is a licensed member of a professional order, works as a Guidance Counsellor for a Montreal school board, and works as a Professional Counsellor in private practice. Her experience working with individuals who have behavioural and/or academic concerns, including those with severe learning disabilities, enables her to work with youth and their support network to promote academic success.

Specialties: school support, learning difficulties, study skills and organization, behaviour modification, and conflict resolution

Educational Psychology


Montreal, Canada


Roseann, an Educational Psychologist and consultant, worked for 14 years as a Psychologist and researcher for a school board where she supported schools, families and other professionals to build capacity and help children thrive academically, socially and emotionally. She currently supports schools boards towards adopting evidence based teaching and learning practices.  She is passionate about all children having equal access to learning and helping teachers to meet the needs of all children.

Roseann also guides families and educators towards a better understanding of their interactions and stronger relationships with children through an intervention called Video Interaction Guidance (VIG).

Roseann extends her passion for family empowerment to the world of birthing too! She has helped nearly 100 families calmly and confidently bring their babies into the world through Hypnobirthing birth preparation classes.

When not working with schools or families, you can either find Roseann in her kitchen baking someone’s birthday cake or on an adventure with her husband and three kids!