Thoms, Andrea



Job Title

Adult Education Curriculum Consultant, Literacy, Humanities & Social Sciences, Province of Nova Scotia


Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration, Skills & Learning Branch, Adult Education Division

EDST Degree/s and graduation year/s

MEd, 2013


Adult Learning and Education (ALE)


Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

I am the daughter of a Canadian father and a Trinidadian mother and both my parents, as well as numerous extended family members, are or have been educators so I’ve always known my path would lead in that general direction. When I was ten years old, my family moved to Japan, where I attended both Japanese public school and the American School in Japan. I had multiple opportunities to teach English as a second language in a variety of contexts. I got my BA (English) at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, and then after a year of living in Vancouver, BC, moved back to the East Coast to do my BEd at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Afterwards, we returned to Vancouver for 13 years, had two beautiful daughters, and both got our Masters degrees at UBC. In 2013 we moved back to Nova Scotia. Before landing my current position with the province as a Curriculum Consultant, I taught both general and academic ESL, before becoming a Director of Studies. Through this, I then had the opportunity to really flex my learning muscles as the Head of Curriculum, Research and Development for several affiliated private career colleges where I was able to work with subject matter experts to design programs from 3D Digital Arts and Animation to Interior Decorating to Corrections & Law Enforcement. In 2018 I heard about an opportunity with the government as an Adult Education (Literacy and Adult Basic Education) Curriculum Consultant and was the successful candidate. I love my job and especially the opportunity to work with our Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities to embed their voices into the curriculum development process and learn from their wealth of wisdom and about diverse ways of seeing, living, and learning. My goal is to ensure diverse perspectives are reflected in the teaching and learning opportunities developed for adult learners in Nova Scotia. I credit my love and passion for education to my parents, and to Dr. Pierre Walter who was my advisor and professor for multiple classes at UBC.