FOE Academic Advising Resources

We are a team of Advisors that work to assist current and future students in the Faculty of Education. Our role is to help you to understand and meet the academic requirements of your program, and to access Brock resources to support your academic, personal and professional well-being.

Please use the following link to book an academic advising appointment:  Due to the large number of emails received, a quicker response can be provided by using the Live Chat function. “Live Chat” hours are available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Live Chat can be found at the “Live Chat” link above.

For information on the following programs, please contact one of the advisors below:

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE)
  • Concurrent Teacher Education (BA/BEd, BSc/BEd, BPhEd/BEd)
  • Consecutive Teacher Education (BEd)
  • Consecutive Technological Teacher Education (BEd)

Ethna Bernat, B.A., M.Ed.

Professional & Undergraduate programs, Faculty of education

Welch Hall – WH8C

I view my position as Manager of the Advising Office as an opportunity to listen to students’ concerns and needs. I have worked at Brock for over 20 years, and strongly believe my role is to help you navigate the, sometimes confusing, pathway to completing your degree. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me! I am available every Thursday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. via Live Chat.

Pina McDonnell, B.A.


Welch Hall – WH8E

Experienced Academic Advisor who has been working at Brock since 1991. I assist students with understanding degree and teachable subject requirements in pursuit of a career in teaching and early childhood education. I thoroughly enjoy celebrating students’ accomplishments, while providing a source of encouragement when the road gets bumpy. I am available every Thursday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. via Live Chat.

Erin Plyley, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed.


Welch Hall – WH8D

I am a proud graduate of Brock’s Faculty of Education, and now as an Advisor, I am grateful to be able to support students as they progress through their academic programs. I recognize the importance of maintaining a balance between both academic and extra-curricular responsibilities, and so I am very passionate about helping students determine how they can effectively balance it all. The best part of my role is that I get to work alongside so many incredible students. I look forward to meeting with you! I am available every Wednesday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. via Live Chat.

Cara Sparman, B.A.


Welch Hall – WH8B

I am an academic advisor in the Faculty of Education for students pursuing a career in teaching and early childhood education. I work to provide a safe place for students to come as they are and figure out their next steps. I am a huge believer in championing the little victories and particularly enjoy helping students work through feelings of uncertainty. I am available every Wednesday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. via Live Chat.

For information on a Certificate in Adult Education or Adult Education (BEd) please contact Martha Davis.

Martha Davis, B.A., M.A.


Welch Hall – WH181

Advising email contact:

Within the Faculty of Education, I’m the Academic Advisor for each learner in the Adult Education Degree and Certificate programs. Having spent many years as both an adult learner and Advisor, I understand the complexities of balancing work, home and school. By providing information, advice and encouragement, my aim is to help you accomplish your academic goals.

We are currently working remotely due to COVID safety protocols, therefore not physically on campus. We are not currently available via the phone, but we are holding appointments through Microsoft Teams and be reached by email –

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