I grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, then moved to Summerside, Prince Edward Island & then to La Crete, Alberta (all places in Canada). Now, I live in Sandnes.
I am teaching PYP 3-4 Math and English and PYP 5-6 English, and PYP 1-6 Phys Ed.
Tell us about your background
Professional background – I went to university to become a teacher in Canada. I went to university in the Maritimes in Canada and in that region, they require you to have a bachelor’s degree before you take your education degree. So, I chose to take an Arts degree and focus on English and History as my double majors. After graduating with my BA, I went to school again for another 2 years to get my Education degree. Many people chose to be certified as a primary or secondary teacher, but I wanted to do both. Then, I became a teacher in Alberta for almost 6 years. At first, I was a substitute teacher which meant I would go to many different classrooms during the week and then I became a teacher of my very own classroom. I taught kindergarten for 3 years and grade 3 for 2 years in Canada.
What inspired you to be a teacher?
My inspiration to become a teacher comes from many different places. All through my life I was very justice minded. I liked when life was fair and when people were kind and things were right. I liked when people were happy and I wanted to help them feel good in their hearts about themselves. I once wanted to be a lawyer, a politician, and even a nurse…all in forms of justice and care. But, in grade 10, I had a friend and a cousin who had bad experiences with their teachers. My friend was in grade 10 like me and my cousin was in grade 2. I was so sad for them because I knew in my heart that teachers should be there to help you and encourage you, not to hurt you or make you feel nervous or bothered.
I thought back in my life to some of my very amazing teachers and realized that they had really helped to inspire and build my confidence. I decided then and there that I wanted to become a teacher and I should be a good one. In grade 12, I had 3 teachers who really encouraged me and helped me to want to be a teacher even more. They inspired me and taught me many things and shared with me their teaching journeys and really helped me to feel like I could do a good job as a teacher.
I only wanted to be a teacher from that time on. I was also inspired to be a teacher because of my love of learning and because I always was very good a teaching young children in my family and teaching older people how to do things with computers.
What is the best part about your job?
The students and their successes are the best parts of my job. I always get energy from them and I can always keep pushing myself more when I think about them. When I see them learning and growing, then I feel like I’m doing a good job. I also like that there’s new and fun things that happen everyday.
I also think that the best part of my job is thinking forward to the kind of person the students will be in the future. I get to interact with them for such a short time in their one wild and precious life, but I desire for that time to be a positive tent-post they can look back on when they felt encouraged, honored, and excited about life. And even if they don’t remember my name or the color of hair I had, I would love them to remember how they felt in my classroom and some of the life lessons they learned there.
What do you hope to achieve by being a teacher?
When I look back on my years of being a teacher, I have a feeling I won’t care so much about test scores or whether the students sat down and stayed quiet during lessons. I will care about the times we laughed…the times I watched a student grow to trust me…the times that I saw a student reach out to another in friendship…and the times that I knew my students had learned a great life lesson, not even from me, but maybe even in spite of my best efforts…I will also treasure the life lessons that I learn from being with them each and every day. I will hope that I tended to the little trees that were placed in my care with love and kindness, patience, and forgiveness. All children have so much potential inside of them and I hope that my skills and care will water, weed, give sunshine, and give protection for that tree for the small time I am part of their life.