How long have you been doing what you are doing?
This is my 11th year teaching and my assignments have ranged from teaching all subjects throughout grades 2-10. This is my 7th year at Rossburn Elementary School.
What is your current assignment?
Currently, I am teaching grade 5 and 6 Math, along with K-8 Phys. Ed.
What part of your job do you find most rewarding?
The most rewarding part of my job is having conversations with the students. I enjoy getting to know them and developing relationships with them. Every student is so unique in their own way.
I also enjoy teaching students that “we all learn differently and at different stages in life. That it is important we are all still learning new skills and it is normal to not know how to do things and to encourage and accept everyone with respect”. I love telling my students to battle it out when faced with any disputes in the gym. They love the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” war!
What are some neat things that you are doing now in your position?
Before Christmas, We were taught how to code and my math students love it. We also have a math economy happening in our classroom where students earn, lose, and spend money, while balancing every transaction in their check books. Check books get reviewed weekly as the amount in their wallets must match what is in their check book.
In gym class we are wrapping up our Badminton unit. The younger grades learn about badminton and practice little circuits to develop some skills before being introduced to the game.
What is something that you have done in your role that makes you proud?
Organizing the school cross country ski and skating program. I love winter sports and believe every Canadian child should know how to ski and skate. I also like to wrap up the winter by taking one of my classes to Deep Lake to go cross country skiing in the forest. I look forward to attending the 2018 National Physical Education Conference in Whistler, B.C.
What do you like to do when you are not working?
I enjoy figure skating. Along with my daughter, I still take lessons. I also joined a synchronized skating team and it has been a great season. In a recent competition, our team won Gold at the 2018 Skate Canada Manitoba Crocus Invitational. I also love spending time with my family, playing games and doing activities together.