I am currently going into my 3rd year of my History Honour Program.
I am currently going into my 3rd year of my History Honour Program.
The Aboriginal Teacher Certificate Program has been designed to prepare people of Native ancestry for teaching positions in Ontario. The Program meets the academic requirements of Nipissing's teacher education program and graduates are recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for a Certificate of Qualification in the Primary/Junior Division (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6).
The goal of the Program is to train Native teachers who will be able to provide the Ontario elementary school curriculum combined with traditional values and culture.
While attending this 3 year Diploma course at Algonquin College, I learned and was able to get a hand-on experience of working with children and youth in different institutional type settings. The area of working with children and youth that I was most interested in was within the school system as an Educational Assistant.
-The first year of placement, due to my young age(17), I was placed in a Community based program where I was involved in after-school homework programs and facilitating recreational activites such as a skating and hockey program.
-My second year of placement I was placed at Cambridge St Public School situated in the down-town core of the Ottawa-Carelton District Schoolboard. The experience I attained from this placement was that of working with many ESL students as well as a Specialized Skills classroom where students would go to work on social skills as well as any curriculum material that was being covered that day.
- In third year I was placed in a Segragated Behaviour Modification focused classroom where identified students with extenuating circumstances were slowly integrated back into the general classroom population. I learned a great deal about behaviour modification strategies and strategies to use to assist students in developing social skills.
During Grade 11, at Mckinnon Park Secondary School I volunteered in 3 different classrooms for 4 months every morning until lunch at Centennial Public School in Caledonia where I grew up. The classes ranged from a Grade 2/3 split as well as a Grade 8 classroom where I facilitated Physical Education and Spelling Dictations. Aside from beginning my interest in working in a classroom at a young age I also began taking child development courses during my Highschool academic tenure as well.
I have been working as an Uncertified Supply Teacher in 4 different Six Nations schools, (Emily C. General, Oliver M. Smith, J.C. Hill and Jamieson Public Schools) on and off for the last 3 years. When I first began in September of 2007 I was not enrolled in University yet and was able to teach in a variety of Grades from Kindergarten to Grade 8. During that first year of supply teaching from September 07, till June 2008, I was able to accumulate 500 hours of in-class facilitation of lesson plans. I was able to experience a wide variety of different subjects and grades of the curriculum. From September 2008 until present I have began my degree, but have still managed to work at those 4 schools for 2 months out of the year from the end of April till June to contiue to build and practice my skills and abilities in teaching.
As the Senior Staff Program Director I was responsible for coordinating and scheduling the All-Camp activities where all of the Cabins in the Camp Program that day would participate in a variety of goal and task oriented activites and games. These games were designed to foster group working skills and abilities within the campers. Aside from All-Camp activities other duties that I was responsible for was organizing "Clubs" which was an hour long period of time after dinner where campers were allowed to pick from a variety of activities from, playing basketball, enjoying the waterslide, canoeing to going to an Art Hut to work on arts and crafts. There were also special events/ activities that were all-camp that are part of tradition of the camp that I coordinated and utilized the energy of other Senior Staff for assistance to set-up and keep the traditions going strong. An example of one of these special events is called Christie Lake Camps Guisness Book of Records where many stations are set up on the field of the Campground in the afternoons and evenings for students to attempt to set their own Camp records. As the Senior Staff Program Director one of my more valuable responsibilities was to organize staff activities to help staff get to know each other and de-stress.
At the end of my 3rd year Placement at J.H. Putman Public School prior to me completing my Child and Youth Worker Diploma. The Principal of the school asked me if I would want a weeks worth of supplying for an Education Assistant and attain some first hand job experience. I agreed that it was an amazing opportunity to get real work-place experience. The first week of June I was fulfilling the role of an Education Assiant within the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board working with groups of students and individual identified students on a variety of subjects and course activities.
Counselor for the summers of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. Responsible for the safety and well being of campers on a twenty-four hour, seven day a week basis for 3 two-week sessions each summer.This involved ensuring the children participate and gain skills in the skill development programs which included swimming, canoeing, nature lore, camp craft, and the arts.This was a difficult and challenging task, as many of the children are reluctant to try new activities for fear of failure. The camp provides care for economically disadvantaged children in the Ottawa/Carleton area.
I am Interested in sports, canoeing, roller blading, biking, hiking, cooking, drawing, travelling, local news pertaining to my locale. I consider myself to also be interested in being a life-long learner, reading, learning something new everyday, helping others around me. Lastly I am very interested in being an appropriate role model for the students that I interact with in order to ensure that I am a positive influence in their lives.
I am creating this VisualCV to complete the application to have an interview regarding why I am the best candidate of being accepted into the Teacher Pool for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year. I will be qualified to teach Kindergarten to Grade 6, once I finish Part-2 of the Aboriginal Teachers Certificate course from Nipissing University. I have also completed a Child and Youth Worker Diploma from Algonquin College and am also currently completing my Honour Degree in History at Brock University.
I feel I am the best applicant to be accepted into the teacher pool for the upcoming 2010-2011 academic year. I strongly believe in literacy skills and enstilling in my students the aptitude to be resourceful when it comes to gaining new literacy abilities. Another building block for developing well rounded students and individuals is incoporating social skills along with certain curriculum subjects such as math and science. Which would include the students working at many centres and in groups more than 2, too foster appropriate teamwork and critical thinking skills in the learning environment. I cater to the students needs and interests by engaging the students with personable examples and relate to the students surroundings to captivate the students attention during each lesson plan. I have worked in many environments where the children were from economically disadvantaged families and in turn delt with many behaviourally difficult children. By creating a rapport with that individual and fostering a safe environment I am consistantly able to motivate and produce a work ethic amongst the students that will positively benefit the m for years to come.
Thank you for this opportunity to possibly make a large positive contribution to our cultures future.
I am available for any interview at your earliest opportunity. Please contact me at one of the numbers at the top of this VisualCV, many thanks.