Patrice Jefferson

What do you do at PSS and how long have you been here? I am a Support Educator in the K-1 class, and I also teach the drama and improv classes for all grades. I’ve been at the school for seven years.

What initially attracted you to work at PSS and what do you value about working here now? I was introduced to the school by Cassandra, the World Music and Dance educator. I just fell in love with the philosophy, the kids and the whole community. I value how I can really just be myself in a space that is so supportive and loving. Our team of educators give each other so much love and energy; we can rely on each other like family. At the end of the day, all that positivity is all cycled to the kids.

What’s something you’ve learned teaching or working here? To trust myself.

Which educator has influenced you the most in your life, and how? Myra Ireland, who was my elementary school counselor. She saw me for who I really was at times where I wasn’t being seen. I try to embody that gift from her in my work at PSS; I try see, love and appreciate people for who they are, and not try to change them.

What do you look forward to in your role here each year? I look forward to September each year to see how much the kids have grown, and how many teeth they’ve lost. And the hugs!

What is an example of your approach to nurturing social, emotional, physical and intellectual learning in your work at PSS? I teach improv to the kids, which really allows them to explore their creativity, to trust themselves, and to come together, work as a team and support each other.

If you could bring anyone back to life and have dinner with them, who would it be? My grandmother and Whitney Houston.

What’s one item on your bucket list? Travel! I want to go to Egypt, all over Africa, Miami, Barcelona, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and back to Fiji.

What educational background, or ongoing professional development, do you draw upon in your work at PSS? I have my diploma as a Classroom & Community Support Worker, and an Early Childhood Education Assistant certificate. I’ve studied at School Creative Institute of the Arts, as well as with directors and actors in Vancouver. I’ve also been part of a few improv troupes, which has given me great ideas for my improv classes with the children.