Arianna Merritt, M.Ed.

Strategist | Storyteller | Innovator | Facilitator

Teaching people to be confident & use technology to change the world!

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I’m a passionate and driven Canadian millennial change-agent who guides, inspires, and leads individuals, organizations, and communities towards creating a healthier, happier, and safer world.

When I was in elementary school, my grade 5 teacher ended up getting lung cancer from second-hand smoke and passing away a year later. She had never smoked a day in her life! Our time together was brief, but her memory lives on as she empowered so many! That experience instilled in me at a young age the importance of having a healthy world and how educators can make such a positive difference in people’s lives. 

Years later, with advanced knowledge of learning theories and instructional design, I have 20 years of teaching, coaching, mentoring, training experience with individuals, ranging from young children to the elderly. Education has changed so much over my involvement in the field. However, my passion for creating a healthier and safer world for all has never wavered, but only gotten stronger.

Due to my experience, I know that there is no 'one size fits all' approach to teaching. The teacher has to be adaptable to fit the needs of the learner. This is what propelled me to create my online platform, The Self-Discovery Retreat, and book, Stand Tall & Speak from the Heart, to empower individuals anytime, anywhere, to lead healthier and happier lives. Being a blogger, I have also seen the dangers online, so I make it a priority to be an online safety advocate. 

Mentorship, a supportive community of like-minded peers, and a strong belief in myself are what empowered me to rise to my platform and shine! My professional mission is to help you do the same, wherever you are on your journey!

I have a B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychology from Carleton University and an M.Ed. in Human Development and Applied Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. I have lived in Ottawa, Toronto, and Victoria.