Kaizen Executive Function Coach

Jennifer Burnand

Empowering Brains for Learning & Life

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Jennifer Burnand - Executive Function Coach with Kaizen Education

Jennifer Burnand

Executive Function Coach
B.A., B.Ed.

I began working with youth as a basketball coach in my early twenties. It was always my hope to work with children and youth, and using my athletic background was the perfect beginning. I completed an English degree, with a minor in psychology at the University of Calgary. This was followed by the Master of Teaching program, also at the University of Calgary. I continued to study neuroscience and learning, as a generalist in an elementary school. I found myself questioning the hows and whys of supporting students with a variety of cognitive, physical and socio-emotional needs. As a lifelong learner, I attended every professional development session possible, early on in my career. I began to develop a greater understanding of how the brain works, as well as how to support students with neurodiversity. It is here where I fell in love with and developed my greatest passions as a teacher.

After my first son began attending Kindergarten, I made the decision to join his school as a teacher. Over the years, I have taught a variety of subjects with students ranging from kindergarten-aged to grade 9. I spent 17 years in the classroom before moving into a leadership role as a resource specialist in the school’s junior high. After diving into more time with 11-15 year olds, I found the most identifiable area of need was building executive skills. I then created a program called ‘Learning Strategies’ in which I work directly with grade 6 to 9 students, helping them develop daily habits, executive functioning skills and strategies for success with school and everyday life. This program has not only been successful in building independence and readiness for high school with numerous students, but also for my own children. Being a part of helping students expand their skill base and continue to enhance their academic and personal lives for today and the future, is what drives me to get to know every individual’s talents, interests and goals. I truly believe that every student has strengths, abilities and gifts just waiting to lead them to success.

When I’m not working with students, I spend time as a sports photographer for all three of my sons’ football teams. This gives me the outlet to use my creativity and love of sports, while spending time with my teenage boys. I love to read, specifically about neuroscience, neurodiversity and understanding teenage brain development. I also have a strong interest in home design, which has led me to the art of furniture refinishing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of answers to our most commonly asked questions. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact us and we’ll get right back to you.
How does Kaizen determine what my child’s Executive Skills strengths and deficits are?
We are data collectors. We gather as much relevant data regarding your child's learning as possible. This includes feedback from the parents, educational psychological assessments (if available), information from Kaizen's free questionnaire, and any school evaluations or assessments that can be shared with us.

Kaizen has partnered with Mindprint Learning, creator of the world’s leading online cognitive test developed by neuroscientists in the Brain Behavior Laboratory at Penn State University’s Perelman School of Medicine. This Learning Profile Assessment, combined with two, 1:1 consultations with Kaizen’s Director gives you a clear picture of where your child shines and where they need support.

Learn more about the Learning Profile Assessment.

We also offer a FREE online questionnaire to help you identify your child’s Executive Functioning needs & strengths before committing to the Coaching Intake Process.

Is Kaizen Coaching the same as tutoring?
No. Tutoring teaches students WHAT to learn; Kaizen teaches students HOW to learn and WHY it’s important. The essence of Kaizen Education Services is to foster results through incremental steps, focused on building confidence through understanding. Our objective is to highlight the importance of establishing differentiated processes and systems that contribute to the overall long-term personal and academic growth of each learner. Empowering brains for learning and life. Skills that can be applied across your child’s entire curriculum and beyond.
How does my child start their coaching sessions with Kaizen?
Contact us to book your intake, and we will match your child with a coach so that they can get started.
My child has had a psychoeducational assessment completed and needs help. Is Kaizen the right fit?
Certainly! Oftentimes, a psychoeducational assessment is completed and results are shared, but lack guidance and support for the appropriate next steps leaving you, the parent, wondering, “What now?” If strategies are provided, you are often left to your own devices which can create additional frustration.

The curriculum from which Kaizen operates is tailored to your child and their very specific needs. By sharing the results of your child’s psychoeducational assessment with your child’s coach, we can work together to best support your child academically, intellectually, and beyond.

My child has ADHD. How can Kaizen Coaching help?
Typically, executive functions are delayed up to 30% in a child diagnosed with ADHD. More than 85% of Kaizen’s students have been diagnosed with ADHD, and more than 70% with an additional or other learning difference. Executive Function deficits are amplified in those with ADHD and, as a result, our coaches are specially trained in effective strategies and methodologies to best support your child.

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