Rayanne VandenBrink, B. Ed. Secondary '22

Student Experience

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved learning and helping others get to that "ah-ha" moment. I would invite my little cousins over and coerce them into playing school, which was not as fun for them as it was for me. So, I decided to go to university to become a teacher. 

I finished my undergraduate degree at Concordia in 2016, and then decided to take a break for four years because I was losing confidence in my abilities. Luckily, a random conversation at a party with a young lady renewed my confidence as she told me about King's education program. She explained the small class sizes, one-on-one time with professors, amazing practicum placements, and success rates in getting a job after graduation. This small, sudden conversation with a stranger drastically changed my life, and the next month I was applying for the Education program here at King’s. 

I was one of the lucky ones who always knew exactly what they wanted to do, and one of the privileged ones who was actually able to make my dream a reality.

I am passionate about my 11-week teaching practicum. I am supposed to get a placement teaching English Language Arts in high school, which is my major, and I am so excited. My last practicum was teaching Social Studies, and it was the most rewarding and simultaneously challenging experience I have ever had. 

One thing I learned from my first practicum is that even if something is difficult, throw yourself in there, do your best, and you will be surprised at how rewarding it is (mistakes and all). I am excited to start my second practicum with this new knowledge and confidence.

What excites me about this placement is being able to teach ELA. I am extremely passionate about reading and writing, and being able to read student work, communicate about it, and see their improvements is something I know will bring me great joy. I love getting to know people and diving into their minds. Being able to read what goes on in my students' heads is going to be fantastic.

Program at King's

Secondary Education

Graduation Year

2022

Career Aspiration

English and Social Studies Teacher