I have been a teacher for 15 years; 11 years in grade 3, the other 4 years in grades 3/4, 2 or 1/2.
My passion has become teaching children about specific reading comprehension strategies. For the first few years of my career, I focused on general reading strategies, and did not pay enough attention to things like non-fiction text features. Now, my whole language arts program revolves around identifying, learning about and using non-fiction text features and parts of fictional text, and applying it to writing as well. I also have at least 50-60% ESL children in my class, so I focus on making sure the strategies I use help them specifically.
Certificate of Recognition from Trinity Western University for being the first School Associate to host five student teachers in a row from their Teacher Education Program.
I graduated from the University of Victoria (with Distinction), earning a Bachelor of Education Degree with a major in Elementary Education. I taught at an inner city school for 8.5 years, then moved to a Traditional school, which was a major change. Although we are a public school, the kids at my current school wear uniforms, and we focus on teacher-directed instruction. This doesn't mean that we lack creativity or cooperative learning opportunities, though! On the contrary, because we operate in a structured environment, we get to try a lot of interesting, innovative new teaching strategies. We use Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to support our ongoing professional development.
In my free time, I am a passionate traveler. I also love to read, watch my hockey team play, and do some arts and crafts.