I was a substitute teacher for the first year out of university for schools around my hometown. In 2013, I was offered a 50% position as a Primary and Elementary Teacher at St. Peter's All Grade in McCallum. This school included grades from kindergarten to grade 12, however, there were only 8 students in the whole school with 2.5 teaching units. I had to drive three hours and then take a ferry for an hour to get there. I taught grade 1 and grade 4 science, social studies, health and religion; grade 7 and 8 science; and was responsible for a couple classes of grade 1 language arts and math. In this school, I was involved with the haunted house, Christmas concert, school council (as treasurer) and CAP site duty. In 2014, I received a job offer for a 25% position as an Instructional Resource Teacher (IRT) at Memorial Academy in Botwood. This school included grades from kindergarten to grade 6 with about 300 students (BIG difference from the year before). I worked with small groups of kindergarten students and taught some alternate courses. I am still teaching here at the present day.
I have only been a teacher for about three years so I am still developing my teaching style. My teaching philosophy includes the following: Students: - I believe that every students has a right to learn and feel safe in the classroom and school environment. - All students needs the attention of their classroom teacher. - Every student can develop a want to learn with the help and support of others. - Students need motivation. - I believe in explicit instruction for every student to learn and understand material being taught. Co-Workers: - I believe that collaboration is a great teaching technique. - I believe that all teaching staff and support stuff deserves respect. Professional Beliefs: - Teaching is a changing career and I believe in changing with the times but always reflecting on the past. - Being organized is key to a healthy work area. - Classroom management is the key to a successful lesson plan. - The curriculum guide is the main source of education outcomes. - Teachers need to also teach the hidden curriculum to help students function in life. - I believe that extracurricular programs are important to be involved in for teachers and students. - Technology can be utilized to be a good resource and teaching tool.
When I graduated from high school, I received the student of the year award, outstanding achievement award and school spirit award. In 2010, I received a certificate from Project WILD and Below Zero for completing a workshop to be authorized to use their instruction materials. In 2013, I received an appreciation award from students and staff at St. Peter's All Grade in McCallum.
I completed my kindergarten to grade 6 in my hometown, then was bussed to the neighbouring town to complete grade 7 to 12. In 2007, I completed one year of general studies at the Collage of North Atlantic. In 2008, I completed another year of general studies in Memorial University. In 2009, I was accepted into the Faculty of Education to complete three more years to receive my Bachelor of Education Prim/Elem with a focus in mathematics. I received my teacher's certificate from the Department of Education of Newfoundland Labrador in 2012.
I have always been a part of a small town school and community. It's my home and always will be. I plan to complete my teaching career in the province of Newfoundland (The Rock as we call in). This is the place I was born and this is where I plan to spend the rest of my wonderful life. I want to change the world through teaching my future students. I always try my best and work hard. My interest includes: sport activities, outdoor activities, crafts, reading as well as computers. I am very organized person, who loves to plan for all occasions (I am currently planning for my wedding in 2017). I enjoy the company and communicating with children and adults. I hope that by creating and sharing my original resources, that it will make me the best teacher that I can be for my students.