Secrets for Success: Carren Tattongeyer

Coordinator of Educational Projects

“I went to university never having passed an exam in high school.”

Image of Carren TattongeyerThe biggest obstacle to Carren’s career development turned out to be the key to her success. Early on, she had to come to terms with the fact that the traditional path of education was not ideally suited to her unique learning process. Due to extreme challenges with written syntax, her highest mark in a test was 33%. This meant that she had to obtain a perfect grade in every other component of the course evaluation. The solution was to think creatively and to realize that to get to the same end point, not everyone has to go down the same path.

Today, Carren is a Coordinator of Educational Projects in an enterprising assistive technology company that provides services to students with identified special needs, parents and educators. She is also a graduate student studying Adaptive Instruction at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. In these roles, she finds that her innovative way of thinking is her greatest asset. Carren is passionate about her career path because it evolved directly from her difficulties as a student with LDs and her need to develop creative solutions. “Originally, I used technology as a key to my own success. Now I receive great satisfaction teaching others unique strategies and technological solutions so that they can compensate for their learning challenges.”

Her most important advice for individuals with LDs is to find motivation. “Find your passion. Put yourself in different situations as a learning experience and just embrace that.” She believes that the happiest people she has met during her tours as a motivational speaker are those who have found their true passion and have pursued it despite all odds.

To successfully deal with the negative input of others, Carren suggests that one should believe in oneself unwaveringly. She recalls that if she hadn’t built up her self-esteem, negative comments would have affected her more adversely. As such, she thinks that being realistic, but not setting limits on individuals with LDs, is critical for their success.