Cassandra Onyejikwe

What do you do at PSS and how long have you been here? I teach World Music Education; I’ve been at the school for 8 years.

What initially attracted you to work at PSS and what do you value about working here now? Initially, I was attracted by the positive energy and liberal vibe of the school. What I continue to value most about the school is that we celebrate the beauty of diversity within community, while encouraging creative empowerment and holding space for emotional nourishment of our students.

What’s something you’ve learned teaching or working here? I’ve learned how important it is to listen deeply to one another. Dialogic communication is really important when it comes to emotional, creative and intellectual growth.

Which educator has influenced you the most in your life, and how? That’s a difficult question as nearly every educator has influenced me in such wonderful ways. I suppose if I were to choose one, I would say Kyla Kinzel, as she continues to support and inspire me in both my work and personal life.

What do you look forward to in your role here each year? Collectively designing creative projects with the students.

What is an example of your approach to nurturing social, emotional, physical and intellectual learning in your work at PSS? I expose students to the wonders of World Music Education/Dance and build creative projects. In doing so, students are encouraged to push themselves towards new educational frontiers all while learning to support each other emotionally as a team.

If you could bring anyone back to life and have dinner with them, who would it be? If not my own grandmother, then definitely Bob Marley.

What’s one item on your bucket list? Complete a World Tour (performance tour).

What educational background, or ongoing professional development, do you draw upon in your work at PSS? Bachelor of General Studies (Communications & Social Geography Minors) Degree from SFU.