Kyla Dykema, Elementary Teacher
Life after King's
The neighbourhood that my school is located in means the majority of my students come into my classroom with behavioural issues, difficult home lives, cognitive delays, autism, or are refugees just beginning to learn the English language.
"My time at King's uniquely prepared me for a challenging classroom environment from day one and I am determined to make a difference in the lives of my students."
Working in a setting where children are struggling with anything from challenging home lives to mental illness can take a serious toll on someone. Sometimes I go home at the end of a day with the thought ‘I hope they’re ok tonight’ front and centre in my mind.
My time at King's uniquely prepared me for a challenging classroom environment and I am determined to make a difference in the lives of my students.
Throughout the Education program at King's, one core teaching principle in particular has resonated with me; build relationships. Everyday I dedicate myself to creating a safe place for my students—a place where they know they belong. To see improvement is a huge reason why any teacher wants to teach. For me, seeing students begin to flourish in a warm, welcoming environment that I strive to create is what motivates me each day to teach at my best.