I have been graduated from Teacher's College since 2012 and am currently working as a Secondary Short Term Occasional Teacher for a school board in the GTA, and have worked as a STO teacher for a couple elementary boards as well. I recently completed both my first full-time LTO stint as a secondary English teacher as well as completed my first summer school experience teaching Grade 12 University English. I LOVE creating fun, organized resources for both myself and other teachers to use. I thought this would be a good way to not only build my own teaching lessons and resources for when I become a full-time teacher, but to try to make some extra cash on the side.
I am a fairly laid-back teacher who only becomes strict with students when it is absolutely needed. As long as students are acting like young adults, I will treat them like such, and when they start to act like children, I will treat them like children. Students seem to understand that I'm the one in charge but that I'm also easy to talk to and reason with. I make it clear to them right off the bat, that I want them to have fun while at school because it means that I can have fun too! I always say to them that when my job starts to feel like babysitting rather than teaching, that's when I get annoyed and start to become not-so-fun anymore.
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I have a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in English (Economics minor) from McMaster University, and my Bachelor of Education degree in Intermediate/Senior English and Economics from OISE | University of Toronto. Since then, I have completed several AQ course including Junior Division, Intermediate History, Teaching Students with Communication Needs - Learning Disabilities, and Guidance - Part 1.
Not only am I a STO Teacher for many secondary schools in the GTA, but I also work at a well known and respected Tutoring company in Burlington where I am practicing my teaching skills on a weekly basis and learning a lot while I'm doing it. In the past, I have spent a lot of time scoring and preparing students for the OSSLT, and know the test inside-and-out, having been deemed a high-validity scorer during both the years that I scored the test. This helps me a great deal when preparing students for this test because I know exactly what scorers will be looking for in the students' responses.