Abigael Nsonga, B.Ed Elementary ‘22
I want to become the enticing, inspiring, energetic, confident, loving, black teacher I wish I had when I was younger. Growing up in Canada, I rarely saw teachers that looked like me: with dark skin, curly hair, and plumped lips, who embraced their black heritage and culture. This made me feel uncomfortable and insecure in the classroom. I would like to make a difference by traveling, teaching, and inspiring students all over the world, bringing some “spice and flavour” to education, and seeing my profession as a vocation instead of a job. I also want to construct a school in my country of origin, The Democratic Republic of Congo.
"Studying both education and social sciences, which was my first degree program, has opened my eyes to the endless opportunities I have to make the world a better place."
I am excited about learning to better the world and bring change. Studying both education and social sciences, which was my first degree program, has opened my eyes to the endless opportunities I have to make the world a better place.
Last year, I completed a six-week practicum in a third-grade French immersion class. Though it was tiring and intense, I gained a deep appreciation for teachers and staff; they spend countless hours working tirelessly for their students! I attended staff, Parent Council, and Professional Day meetings, and often stayed late to make lesson plans and pray for students and staff. I am so grateful for my students. They gave me drawings and gifts, I got to do some African dancing with them, and they always wanted to chase after me during recess! I loved every one of them and we all cried a little on my last day. I'll never forget them!
My favourite instructor at King’s is Lori Mohacsy, because of her deep love and enthusiasm for Oral Communications. I truly felt loved and appreciated in her class and the fact that she stays in contact with us, even after we've completed her course, by sending us birthday messages is the sweetest random act of kindness an instructor at King's has done for me!