I have been in the education field for 18 years. I have taught toddlers to seniors and beginners to advanced learners. I have mentored other teachers and love being able to provide assistance to those with whom I work. My experiences in teaching are rich, rewarding and heavily reflected in the creation of my resources. I am inspired by the children that cross my path every day, and I try to create resources that will promote their creativity and natural sense of inquiry.
When someone asks me why I chose to become a teacher, I often feel that there are not enough words to describe the passion I feel for this profession.
Growing up in a family of teachers, I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher like my mother, my aunts, my uncle and cousins.
At first, it was the idea of imparting knowledge to others that captivated me. But, as I grew older, and had more opportunities to work with children, I discovered that what I love most is to watch the magic of discovery, and the wonder of "light bulb" moments in children's eyes.
There is something to be said about the big smiles and the excitement of a child that learns something new. And nothing compares to the astounding feeling of accomplishment when you help a child conquer obstacles in their learning.
As a teacher and a tutor, I have the privilege to guide children in their discovery of new worlds, in the developing of their skills, and in reaching for their dreams. Is there any better job than this one? I think not!
One of the moments in my teaching career that I hold very dear, is the time when I was responsible for captivating an absentee student to come to school. At first, he only came to my class because he had been my mother's student, but after a few science classes he was hooked. He never became a star student (although his grades did go up quite a bit), but his other teachers and I were just pleased that he was interested enough to come to school and stay for the day. At least he wasn't in the streets getting into trouble anymore.
That experience taught me that when a teacher takes real interest in a student's life and interests, he/she can make a big difference. I was lucky to learn that lesson so early in my career :)
I first became certified as a teacher in Portugal (BA Honours), but since moving to Canada I have obtained a licence to teach in Ontario (which meant taking two Additional Qualification courses).
I am a continuous learner. I love to delve into professional development literature, and never regret the time I spend reading other teachers' blogs and learning from their experiences.
My learning journey is on-going. I hope to someday become a Math and/or Reading Specialist.
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