What do you do at PSS and how long have you been here? I am currently the educator for the Sage’s Outdoor Afternoons program. I’ve been involved with the PSS community since 2009, during which time I’ve worked with all the age groups and taught art.
What initially attracted you to work at PSS and what do you value about working here now? Kyla brought me along one day from an after-school program we worked at together. Initially, I wasn’t sure if this school was the place for me, but over the years I’ve come to see what a magical place it is. In many ways, it reflects the accepting and inclusive world I hope and work to create. No matter where my life leads, I’ll always be connected to this community in some way.
Which educator has influenced you the most in your life, and how? The educators that I’ve met and worked with at PSS have been the best educators I know and they continually support and guide my teaching practice.
What is an example of your approach to nurturing social, emotional, physical and intellectual learning in your work at PSS? I’ve learned that modeling behaviour is the best way to teach. If I want to see a peaceful and caring classroom, I must treat all students in a caring and peaceful manner. I’ve learned kindness is something we need to work at and a skill that can be developed.
What do you look forward to in your role here each year? I look forward to seeing how the students grow and evolve from year to year.
What’s one item on your bucket list? Learning to swim.
What educational background, or ongoing professional development, do you draw upon in your work at PSS? Bachelor of Education with a minor in Environmental Education from SFU. Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University