I suppose it is now safe to confess that I am one of those people who grew up always wanting to be at teacher; knowing that I was going to be a teacher. As a child, I was able to occasionally convince my brothers to be the students in my imaginary school. I’d write on my little chalkboard, try to teach them important things like addition or the alphabet, and of course assign them homework. Thankfully, although my understanding of teaching has deepened and my pedagogical methods changed, my passion for teaching continues.
Previous to my arrival at The King’s University, I spent 17 years teaching elementary students. I was privileged to teach children from preschool to grade eight, in single and double graded class settings. I also spent a few years as a special education teacher working with students in inclusive and withdrawal programs. I thoroughly enjoyed so many aspects of working with young learners, and sharing their learning journeys. The challenge of helping diverse students to recognize their own creativity, and helping them to learn strategically was wonderful. I treasure those delightful moments of telling stories in bible and history classes, exploring works of literature or creating innovative works of art.
Those years of teaching in elementary school remain precious to me, and still inform my teaching today. I taught for one year as a sessional instructor at Redeemer University College, which kindled a passion for working with pre-service teachers. This passion brought me to The King’s University Faculty of Education in 2008.
The transition into teaching at the tertiary level, has allowed me to integrate my areas of interest into the classes that I teach, and into my areas of potential research. I am fascinated by pedagogy and how teachers design innovative lessons and invitational learning environments that are conducive to promoting learning success, creativity and growth for their students. I continue to be interested in the multimodal methods of teaching; intertwining music, drama, visual art, storytelling and literature into all areas of education. I am thankful that God has blessed me with the joyous privilege of walking alongside pre-service teachers as they transition into becoming their teacher-selves.