Ever since I can remember I’ve been interested in how people communicate…how relationships are formed. When I went to McGill University, I studied Communications so that I could take this focus from intuition to fact, and from serious interest to passion. I decided to become a teacher, like so many, to make a difference and that initial goal hasn’t paled at all throughout the years.
After attending UBC and earning my degrees, I taught full-time for over ten years in the public school system creating student-centred curricula to guide my students towards a more knowledgeable and loving view of themselves and others. I introduced topics of bullying, discrimination, mindfulness and positive relationship habits into my classes and celebrated my students’ achievements as if they were my own.
Then a dark cloud descended on society and cyberbullying started to take the lives of so many young kids, like Amanda Todd, and I knew that I had to step up my game. That’s when I founded !mperative Education and I’ve never been so passionate about anything in my life! I’ve created workshops for teachers and students offering practical and realistic tools that they can use to make their own lives, as well as the lives of those that surround them, healthier and happier. In so doing, my hope is that we all will learn to accept ourselves, to be accountable for our actions and reactions, and to build healthy relationships (both off and online) built on authenticity and compassion.
I vow to continue to make a difference and sincerely look forward to working with you!
I have worked with Jodi Derkson (Imperative Education), in the field of human connection, race awareness work, mindfulness, and teen problem areas in their digital world and I have always been so impressed with her knowledge, her passion and her ability to reach her audiences.Heather Schuetze
Jodi somehow created an environment where all of us felt individually accepted and cared for. More importantly, she taught us to see others in our class through a lens of common humanity.Tamarah Prevost
I am absolutely stunned by how fast things turned around for our daughter! A month ago we were considering pulling her out of school and now she sounds so happy and good! Whatever you did must have been right!H
This was an incredibly useful session. Very personal and genuine with a lot of useful, practical tips. Very much enjoyed the embracing who you are attitude. I feel like I have a tangible take-away!Katie Berezan
Jodi is funny, lights up the room, and is an excellent, lively facilitator!Angela Convery
After one session A has begun to use the tools Jodi taught her and is so much happier and engaging much better with her peers. She even handled a huge disappointment really well today. Jodi is incredibly intuitive and has a talent for quickly getting to the bottom line and helping the client own the solution.M
Ms. Derkson always created a safe, fun and comfortable classroom environment for all students. From day 1, it was clear she was someone that could be trusted and confided in. She’s a caring, funny and good-hearted person.Jeff Jacobson
S has been doing a lot better. Now that she has the tools from you she actually uses them on a daily basis. Even at home!! I see her so much stronger just in a few days after she met you for the first time. And her confidence! Wow!!! I’m so lucky to have met you. I really don’t know what I would have done. I would definitely recommend you to my family and friends!! I see the difference in her she’s very out spoken now where as she used to keep everything inside. Her bullies are afraid of her now which makes me so happy – she can stand up for herself. Thank you Jodi.J