Here’s a very brief, with massive holes introduction to who I am (which will hopefully make this blog more authentic… and perhaps add some insight into what I post).

I grew up in a (very) small town in rural Manitoba.  So small that if you blicked at just the right moment you might drive by without ever realizing something was missed.  When I was eight my family packed up and moved to Vienna, Austria where I lived until I moved back to Canada to go to university.  My school experience while in Europe was ideal.  My classes were incredibly small (there were only 150 students from grades 1 to 12 – 14 in my graduating class), amazingly diverse (32 different nations represented), and the teachers were passionate and motivated.  We were pushed academically, and I realized in my first year of university that the level of education I received in grades 11 and 12 were nearly on par with my first level university classes.  It was here that I became inspired to become a teacher.

I moved to British Columbia to go to Trinty Western University where I majored in English and minored in education.  The year after I graduated from TWU I went to Simon Fraser University to complete my PDP year (Professional Development Program).  In order to pay for my education (TWU was amazing but not cheap) I sold myself into slavery for four summers treeplanting in northern BC (but was also an incredibly formative time for me)  I started as a substitute teacher as soon as I received my teaching certificate and after a year of substitute teaching, I got my first contract teaching position.

I’m currently teaching at an inner-city high school for at risk youth in Surrey, BC.  Students come in for one of two three hour shifts and work on one subject at a time.  Although it can be a very difficult and trying place to teach at times, it is also incredibly rewarding – especially when I see a student begin to buy into the idea school for the first time or walk across the graduation stage when they never thought they would.  I teach English 10-12 and Communications 11-12 as well as working with the large aboriginal student population at the school.

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