What do you do at PSS and how long have you been here? I am a grade 2/3 educator at PSS and have been here for three years now.
What initially attracted you to work at PSS and what do you value about working here now? The idea that a student is seen as a child and that the school fosters the needs of the child as a whole – socially, emotionally, and academically. I also value the immense support the school community offers for one another.
What’s something you’ve learned teaching or working here? I’ve learned that allowing for the time and space to build on bonding and connecting with your class at the start of the year for as long as is needed, is valuable in beginning our learning journey for the year ahead. Children need to feel safe and supported first, in order for other learning to happen.
Which educator has influenced you the most in your life, and how? Fortunately, I have had several influential educators throughout my schooling.
In my elementary years, it was the educators who genuinely had a love for teaching and made learning fun through hands-on experiences. This allowed me to discover my love for drawing and creating.
In my high school years, it was the educators that allowed choice within projects so that it felt personal and interesting.
In college and university, it was the educators who saw me as an individual and came over just for a chat before, during, or after a class.
In my PDP program, it was the faculty advisors that offered guidance, and the school teachers that I worked with within the classrooms that gave me freedom to teach in a way that felt natural to me, and supported me throughout my practicum experience and beyond.
What do you look forward to in your role here each year? I look forward to making connections with new children and their families, and getting to know our classroom community.
What is an example of your approach to nurturing social, emotional, physical and intellectual learning in your work at PSS? Getting to know the kids by engaging in conversations with them. Relationship building has always been my approach and I am thankful it is deeply valued here.
What’s one item on your bucket list? Relax in a natural hot spring.
What educational background, or ongoing professional development, do you draw upon in your work at PSS?
- Bachelors of Education, Professional Development Program. Elementary Generalist, SFU
- Bachelors of General Studies. Minor in Curriculum and Instruction, SFU
- Associate of Arts Degree. Langara College
I have also volunteered and worked within daycares, day camps, summer camps, and boys and girls clubs, where I gained many experiences of making connections with children in play-based environments.
As a life long learner, I am committed to informing my teaching by continuing to attend workshops. For example, I recently attended “The Teachability Factor” by Dr. Neufeld and found it very enriching.