Nancy Bassendowski, Coordinator/Instructor
Education & Credentials:
- State University of New York - Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology
- St. Lawrence College - Post-Graduate Diploma in Communicative Disorders Assistant
- University of Saskatchewan - Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Began teaching at MHC: 2018
Passionate about fostering an engaging learning environment, Nancy employs innovative teaching strategies that promote active participation, curiosity, engagement, and collaboration among students. By encouraging critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills, she helps students develop a deep understanding of core concepts in providing speech and language therapy. She particularly enjoys augmentative and alternative communication, where she can delve into universal designs for learning.
Teaching at MHC provides Nancy with immense satisfaction. The small class sizes, dedicated students, and supportive community make MHC an ideal environment for fostering growth and learning. She takes the time to get to know each student personally and values the opportunity to mentor students and witness their transformation into skilled professionals in the field.
In the classroom, students can expect Nancy to provide a nurturing and collaborative atmosphere. She prioritizes student engagement, active learning, and meaningful discussions. She encourages open communication and actively listens to student perspectives and values their contributions. Nancy prioritizes hands-on learning experiences as she understands that practical application is key to developing clinical skills in providing speech and language therapy. With her extensive clinical experience, Nancy connects theoretical concepts to real-life examples, equipping students with practical skills needed in their future careers.
Nancy is committed to staying up to date with the latest advancements to enhance clinical practices. She is a council member of the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA). She remains an approachable resource for students even after they complete the program. Outside of teaching, Nancy enjoys playing board games, scrapbooking, skiing, and camping.