Nadia was born in Jamaica, where she began the process of becoming a licensed teacher. Eventually, she moved to London, UK to pursue her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education and Social Justice.
Throughout her career, Nadia accumulated a wide array of experience in the education field. She worked in several different cities around the world, including Bangkok and London. Overall, she had acquired 19 years of experience in teaching, education leadership, conference speaking, and seminar/workshop facilitation.
In March of 2016, Nadia and her husband, who was also a teacher in the UK, decided to move to Canada with their three young children. Prior to their move, they researched the reaccreditation pathway they would both have to complete in order to become licensed educators in Canada. Despite her impressive resume, Nadia was aware that she would face challenges in working as a teacher in Canada. Yet, her immense passion for her work motivated her to strive for success.
Six months after her arrival in Ontario, Nadia applied to the Ontario College of Teachers. She discovered Windmill Microlending’s loan program through her online research, and she was thrilled to receive the necessary funds for her licensing process.
Nadia completed her courses and was able to secure a job as an elementary school teacher in the Durham region in Ontario. Last year, she and her husband welcomed their fourth child to the family, a baby boy.
Nadia’s success has now motivated her husband to consider applying for a Windmill loan as well. She has also introduced friends and colleagues to the microloan program – people who were previously working survival jobs because they were unaware of the opportunities that Windmill affords.
She believes that Windmill is a uniquely helpful organization and she is grateful for her incredibly positive experience with our team.