What do you do at PSS and how long have you been here? I started at PSS in September 2017. I have been working with the Cedars (grade 6-7) as their core-curriculum educator.
What initially attracted you to work at PSS and what do you value about working here now? I was so excited to learn about a school that values the importance of education beyond academics. I am truly grateful to be in a work environment that places emphasis on developing relationships and nurturing whole humans.
What’s something you’ve learned teaching or working here? Education comes in many forms.
Which educator has influenced you the most in your life, and how. This quote by Bahá’u’lláh about education is something I often think of when trying to understand how to nurture the younger generation: “Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit there from.”
What do you look forward to in your role here each year? I look forward to continuing to build relationships with all the students and families.
What is an example of your approach to nurturing social, emotional, physical and intellectual learning in your work at PSS? One of my favourite resources we have been drawing on with the Cedars this year is the book, Soulpancake: Chew on life’s big questions. The book is filled with questions like: How do you determine truth? or How has your sense of right and wrong evolved? By talking through these questions, we have been able to explore some of the social and emotional aspects of how we behave as individuals and also our relationships with others.
If you could bring anyone back to life and have dinner with them, who would it be? If I had to pick only one person, it would be Ansel Adams.
What’s one item on your bucket list? Seeing the glaciers of Patagonia!
What educational background, or ongoing professional development, do you draw upon in your work at PSS? I have a Bachelor of Education from UBC focused on middle-school. Also, over the past 10 years I have worked with an educational program for 11-14 year olds called the Junior Youth Empowerment Program, which helps youth develop their powers of expression, capacities for moral reasoning, and an ethic of service to others.