I grew up in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, a small town near Regina, and a place that I like to call home. I am the youngest of three so I like to think that I am the tough one in the family, not to mention the smartest! My family has always bestowed on me the value of a good education and a well rounded lifestyle. No matter what I am always surrounded by love and support. I am so lucky to have such a loving family. Also, I come from a long line of educators so teaching is in my blood. I am currently in my fifth year studying at the University of Regina. Entering my final semester in the Faculty of Education, I am happy to announce that in one semester I will have my Bachelor of Education degree with a major in chemistry and a minor in mathematics.
When I graduated in 2009, I had a diverse range of awards reflecting my academic achievements. Personally, I have always seen my science awards as my biggest accomplishments because this is where my true academic interests lie. I like the sense of discovery that science entails. I learn best when I am being taught through place-based methods as well as educational inquiry. The visual aids and discussion that took place in my science classes during these methods of learning were incredible. Most of the content which I have retained is directed back to these activities. Also, my physics/ chemistry teacher as well as my mathematics teacher engaged me in all of the curriculum content. I believe this is why I have become so passionate for these areas of study. The connection that my science teachers made with the students definitely inspired me to pursue education as a career.
Throughout my education, I have always had a place I go to in order to get away from the stress and hard work of school. Dance is more than just a passion of mine; it is a part of who I am. I don’t plan to be a professional dancer. However, I do plan to always incorporate dance into my life. When I am on stage or in class dancing, I feel free – like nothing else in life matters. When I was young, I did as much dance as I could, and now as an adult, I still incorporate jazz, tap, and lyrical dance into my busy schedule. Beyond dancing for myself, I like to share dance with others. Therefore, I have been teaching dance to a variety of age groups for nine years. Teaching dance was another large influence that led me to education. I love watching students light up when we do well at a competition, or successfully complete a difficult dance move. Even though we encounter many barriers together, I don’t think that there is a more rewarding feeling than when we succeed. I have been dancing for nineteen years and can easily say that without dance I would not be the person I am today.
Prior to becoming a dance teacher, I was in the volunteer position as a dance demonstrator. I believe this experience is what sparked my interest in volunteering. I love working with other people, and therefore I enjoy volunteering for events and organizations whenever I can. For example, as a university student I have volunteered as the president of the Group of Undergraduate Education Science Students (G.U.E.S.S.), an ambassador leader, an ambassador, and a leader at the mathematics enrichment camp. I enjoy meeting new people and learning new things. Every volunteer experience is unique and this is why I love to volunteer.
I am really looking forward to finishing my degree and starting my career as an educator!