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Copyright 2014. I Can Pretend! All rights reserved.

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Our 

Founder!


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Hello!  My name is Demetra Hajidiacos and I am the creator of I Can Pretend!  I'm an educator, writer and parent with many years of experience teaching drama in the school system as well as the private sector. 

                                              I'm a published author of a book for teachers entitled

                                               Acting Alone: A Drama Teacher's Monologue Survival Kit (2006);

                                                I have  professionally reviewed theatre for the Winnipeg Free Press,

                                                 the CBC  and the Winnipeg Sun.  I also spent two enjoyable years   

                                                 writing the parenting column for the Winnipeg Free Press.  In    

                           addition to my Bachelor of Education degree, I have an Honours

                                                  Theatre Directing degree from the University of Winnipeg and a

                                                  Masters of Education degree from the University of Manitoba.

                                                  My research focused on teaching children with autism imaginative play skills.  My master's thesis is entitled The Imagination Room: Teaching Drama to Children on the Autism Spectrum.  It recounts the personal and professional journey I took when I created this drama program for children with autism that was first piloted at Manitoba Theatre for Young People.  


My innovative program and thesis was featured on CTV Morning Live, CTV News and on the front page of the City and Business section of the Winnipeg Free Press.  You can read the Winnipeg Free Press article I was featured in here: 


http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/class-act-141545763.html


I am so passionate about teaching children with autism that along with my business partner, Leanne Howlett, we have opened Autism Learning Centre, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a one-of-its-kind facility, housing a wide array of therapies for children and teens with autism, all under one roof.  


My Philosophy

​​All children learn at their own pace.  It is my job as the teacher to identify the learning needs of all the children in my classroom and lead them to find their own successes.  I am always available for questions and feedback and like all teachers I am a lifelong learner, continuously striving to grow in my craft in order to better the lives of my students.