I have been teaching for 15 years in various grade levels. For a one year stint I was also in a literacy coordinator position. I have taught in many split grade classes in rural areas, but the last 6 years of my teaching and professional development has focused on FNMI (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) students and communities. Approximately 86% are Cree from two First Nations Reserves. Many live in kinship care or group home care facilities, and / or are in need of behavioural, learning and mental health supports. These last 6 years have been the most rewarding of my teaching career.
I use Dr. Martin Brokenleg's Circle of Courage philosophy and attachment theory as the basis for my program development. In my career I have had the most success with students focusing on building relationships with them, their parents and communities and forging a sense of belonging in my classroom. I also like inquiry based learning and have often been heard saying that if I had a Magic School Bus I would teach just like Ms. Frizzle. Learning in Alternative Environments and hands on as much as possible. In the end I use whatever strategy I can to engage students - whatever works!
2013 - Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award Semi-Finalist Guest speaker at the 2014 Rural Education Symposium in Canmore Alberta. The focus of the presentation was about building relationships with FNMI students and communities.
Bachelor of Arts in English and History Bachelor of Elementary Education Master's Certificate in Inclusive Education and Leadership
I am a 37 year old farm girl - born, raised and educated in rural Alberta. I live on an acreage with my dog Clover, cat Norman and a few peacocks. In my spare time I enjoy crocheting and have a small crochet business with my best friend and soul sista' called "Two Hick Chicks Creative Designs." I am planning to teach my three year old Catahoula to pull a kick sled so that we can hit the trails! Also, I love spending time with my nephews getting into as much fun trouble as possible :) I hope you enjoy my resources as much as I enjoyed making them, and as much as my students enjoy working with them. Check out my blog for free ideas: http://itsjustgoodteaching.com/