I have taught AVID 10, Biology 12 and 11, Physics 11, Chem 11, Science 10, Science 10 Adapted, and Planning 10. Truthfully, I was intimidated when my principal assigned me the Adapted class in early 2012. I feel badly about the pre-conceived notions I had about those kids. They were excellent, with none of the major behaviour outbursts I was expecting. A number need to be pushed some to get going; but the group was calm, and seemed eager to learn. There was an air of meekness or timidness in the air; and I realized that many of those kids have been told their entire lives that they're losers or stupid. Makes me sad ... but it was an awakening discovery of new teaching strategies and adaptations, and has opened my eyes and curiosity to the field of special education. This is my third year as a full-time staffer at my high school. I have experienced immense professional growth during the last two years and am keen on experiencing continued development and success in the teaching profession. Future avenues of professional development and graduate study may involve learning leadership, with a focus area in human resources.
- highly structured, mixing "old school" and "new school" - procedural and orderly, yet human :)
- conferred the "Margaret Cameron Scholarship in Teacher Education," University of British Columbia
- Master of Education, Leading for Learning, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, 2013 – 2015 - Bachelor of Education, Secondary Biological Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., 2009 - 2010 - Bachelor of Science, General Biology Option, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., 2001 - 2005 -- Conferred Undergraduate Scholar Program Scholarship -- Conferred British Columbia Government Scholarship -- Conferred Leonard R. Andrews Memorial Bursary -- Conferred Summer Session Association Bursary - Dogwood Diploma, Kelly Road Secondary School, Prince George, B.C., 1996 - 2001
Being a teacher is how I define myself. It is my passion, my pride, and practically my compulsion! What I love about being a teacher is being a positive influence and support in the nurturing and growth of young people. A quote I love from Paul Edelman, founder of this site: "Unless you are a teacher or are married to a teacher or were raised by a teacher, you just have no idea how hard they work." TRUE THAT!!