Michelle Dinel (Pigeon)

  • Fox Creek, Alberta, Canada
Michelle Dinel (Pigeon)

Classroom Teacher

Teaching Philosophy   

I believe that the role of the teacher is to create a learning environment that is welcoming to all learners despite their abilities, religion, race, gender or socio-economical background. I, as the teacher, will expose the strengths of the learners, encourage them to try new things without fear of mistakes, and promote equality, respect and acceptance for all. My classroom will be an open, safe and relaxed place where learners will be excited to enter each school day. 

I believe the role of the learner is to come to school every day with an open mind and a willingness to learn. The learners are required to try their best at every task that is given to them.  The word ‘can’t’ should not be part of the learners' vocabulary.  Each day should be a chance to try new things, make mistakes and learn in the caring environment established within the classroom by me, the teacher.

I believe diversity in the classroom is two-fold. Diversity applies to the learners as well as the teacher. The learners will each have their own unique ways of learning as well as different personalities and different family situations. Diversity among learners will be embraced and celebrated within my classroom. Furthermore, I as a teacher will be diverse. I will have a diverse bank of knowledge and diverse teaching techniques in order to reach the diverse learners of my class. Without teacher diversity the learners will not grow or learn from the teacher.  Similarly, without learner diversity the teacher will not be challenged to reach those students who for whatever reason, stand out among the rest.  This symbiotic relationship helps learners and teachers to grow together.

Work History

Work History

Sep 2011 - Present

Grade 1 Full-Time Teacher - Fox Creek School (Grade K-12 School)

Northern Gateway District School Board

In the classroom...

  • Developing lessons integrating technologies such as SMARTboard, document camera, iPad
  • Collaborated with various grade partners to develop day plans, unit plans, weekly activities, grade 6 buddies, and field trips
  • Have fun and learn along side students, guiding them to success.

Outside of the classroom...

  • Coaching grade 7-12 sports including: girls volleyball, girls and boys basketball, co-ed Cheerleading, track and field
  • Organize over night (7pm to 7am) sporting events for grade 7-12 including badminton, volleyball and dodgeball
Feb 2011 - Mar 2011

St. Gabriel the Archangel - Grade 1

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
  • Responsible for planning a unit to introduce students to 2D and 3D shapes and a unit to expose students to the features of maps 
  • Integrated fun activities such as math shape walk, rotation centres and candy maps into math and social studies 
  • Introduced students to three-part math lessons familiarize students with problem based learning
  • Given the privilege to teach a variety of subjects including math, reading, writing, word work, and social studies
Oct 2010 - Dec 2010

St. John Vianney - Grade 4/5

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
  • Responsible for planning a math unit in number sense and numeration using the three-part math lesson techniques to allow students to explore new concepts that build on prior knowledge
  • Incorporating SMART board technology for math, science, and religion lessons
  • In charge of creating assessments for math as well as marking those assessment piece
  • Given the privilege to teach subjects such as science, math, religion, art, and gym
Feb 2010 - Apr 2010

Classroom Tutor - grade 1-3

Sudbury Catholic District School Board
  • Classroom tutor in the French emersion school St. Theresa Elementary
  • Experience working twice a week with the students, alongside the core English teacher  
  • Responsible for helping students excel in English reading and writing
Feb 2010 - Apr 2010

Homework Club Supervisor - Grade 1-8

Sudbury Catholic District School Board
  • After school program to allow students from grades 1-8 at St. Francis extra support to complete homework tasks
  • Experience working alongside a university student and a teacher at the school
  • Responsible for working one-on-one with students or with small groups of students with similar homework assignments, as well as managing students to stay quiet and on task


Sep 2010 - Apr 2011

Bachelor of Education

Nipissing University

with Nipissing iTeach - MACbook - using technology when teaching program

Sep 2006 - Apr 2010

Bachelor of Arts

Laurentian University

Honours Degree - major in Religious Studies, second teachable in Biology

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Enjoys motivating a team or club towards a common goal – dance experiences, cheerleading and coach for basketball ,volleyball and track and field
  • Musical and Artistic skills - recorder, violin, piano, and vocal 
  • Willing to participate in new opportunities to enrich the experience of students within the school community 
  • Volunteered to supervise school dances, lunch activities and overnight (7 pm – 7 am) school sporting events

Teacher Evaluations

Overview of Candidate

Dear Selection Committee,

I am a graduate of Laurentian University’s Bachelor of Arts program with a concentration in Religious Studies and Nipissing University’s Bachelor of Education program primary junior section. I am also qualified to teach intermediate grades through the Addition Basic Qualification course. I am interesting in continuing with a full time classroom. Currently, I have taught grade one for 3 years. I have worked with varies grade level partners collaboratively planning and implementing large scale lessons for multiple classes.

I currently am using the Daily 5 management strategy for Language Arts, and will be attending the Daily 3 Math management strategy in February 2015. I have a great deal of knowledge about Levelled Literacy Intervention, and the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmarking kits. I have used both with my students, and model my guided reading lessons using the LLI, even and odd day set-up; a model I find very successful to formatively assessment learners to target specific reading skills helping learners to improve their reading skills in a classroom with a wide breadth of abilities. I also have experience teaching core French to grade four, five and six. I very much enjoyed teaching French, however my passion is for a classroom of my own to decorate, manage and ultimate bring each student to achieve at their highest potential. 

My experiences working with children and my passion for teaching make me an exceptional classroom teacher. My skills with technological devices, including SMARTboards and document cameras have become a seamless part of the leaning experience in my classroom. I am very willing to share my technological skills by teaching other staff member or lend a helping hand with technology troubleshooting. I have created an online Visual CV to display my technology skills and to showcase my teaching qualifications.

Thank you for considering me as a candidate for this teaching position. If you would like to hear more about my experiences or view my portfolio feel free to contact me via e-mail (ms.mpigeon@gmail.com or michelle.pigeon@ngps.ca) or on my cellular phone (780-277-0049). Thank you again, and enjoy the reminder of you day.

Sample Student Work

Technology in the Classroom

Sample Lesson Plans and Unit Plans

Ongoing Professional Development

Commitment to Catholic Faith


Feb 2010 - Present

First Aid Certified with CPR 'C'

St. John Ambulance
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011

Iteach Laptop Learning Program

Schulich School of Education
May 2011 - Jun 2011

Additional Basic Qualification - Intermediate

Nipissing University
Sep 2010 - Apr 2011

Catholic Education Option Course

Nipissing University


Why am I a teacher?


3. 2 teach is 2 touch a life 4 ever!

Going to school each day is not work for me. I love being a teacher, love spending time with kids. Best accomplishment to date, is the look of "I GOT IT" that comes from the struggling student. 

2. Extracurricular!

The classroom is only one space for students to excel. Not every student thrives in the classroom and getting to know students outside of the classroom can build a rapport that can transfer to positive energy in the classroom. 

1. Be the change you wish to see in the world!

The curriculum of the grade I teach is only the surface of what I teach a class. Teaching reading, writing and math gives students the tools to be successful, active member of our society. The social skills, work habits and character traits that drive students to pursue their dreams underline every lesson delivered in my classroom.