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My contribution and participation in the life of the broader community and the catholic parish includes…
Volunteering at local elementary and high schools, helping to coach the girls and boys volleyball teams, working as a special service contractor with children who have special needs, volunteering at the Special Olympic Swim Meet, and raising money for Prostate Cancer research in the Movember fundraiser.I have been a Program Assistant at the Ontario Catholic Youth Leadership Camp, developing a day program for children, centred around faith development and social justice issues, and have been honored with the great responsibility of being Godfather to my cousin.
This involvement has contributed to my growth in faith by…
Through this work I have developed compassion and an open mind. I have been surrounded with people who share common values and inspire me constantly to find new ways of practicing and developing my Catholic values through a life of service.Giving of myself to help build my community has strengthened my faith and has made me very thankful for what I have, compelling me to contribute what I can to those less fortunate.
I see myself continuing to grow in my faith life as a catholic teacher through…
As a catholic teacher I will be a role model for many students, understanding that my actions and personal growth will have a major influence on the growth of my students.By exploring my faith with those in my catholic school community, I will constantly grow in my faith and learn from my students and colleagues.I will continue to take professional development courses related to religion in order to learn new ways of integrating Catholic practice into my everyday life.
It is my desire to teach in a catholic school because…
I aspire to teach in a Catholic school in order to contribute to a community that is centered on a common set of values and beliefs.An education rooted in the Catholic faith creates a community that nurtures the development of strong morals, a sense of community and social justice in the students, as well as the staff, that is unique to the Catholic System.Being a part of this community will allow me the distinct opportunity to see my students develop in their spirituality, creating a much deeper connection to those I teach.I believe that self-reflection is a very important aspect in growing as an educator and a person.Including prayer in our everyday lives and teaching a faith based curriculum is a wonderful opportunity to grow each day in my own faith, inspiring me to become a better teacher, while being a positive role model for my students to guide them on their own journey of faith development.Sharing in this journey together creates a safe environment for learning, and a very practical context to put the Catholic faith into actionwhile continuously learning new ways of living our beliefs through social justice initiatives, faith centered application of the curriculum and our everyday relationships.
It is with great enthusiasm that I pursue a career in Education in Northern Canada. I have completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Guelph, and have earned an Education Degree from Nipissing University in the Junior/Intermediate division.I am currently completing my second year teaching at Angik School in Paulatuk, NT, with an educational specialty in General Science, and additional experience teaching Physical and Health Education to all levels, as well as various Career and Technology Study courses, including CALM and Photography.
My 2 years of experience teaching Science from grades 7 to 12 and Physical and Health Education to students from K - 12 in Paulatuk, NT, has taught me the importance of tradition and culture in both the curriculum and the school environment. I use knowledge of my students’ strengths, needs and backgrounds, to create an inclusive setting where all students are engaged through motivating, differentiated learning opportunities that provide each student with the potential to succeed. I believe that an active relationship between school and community leads to a successful educational experience for both students and educators, and developing this relationship has become a focus of my teaching practice.
Extensive travel, trekking, and work as a Forest Fire Fighter and Tree Planter have instilled within me a deep passion for Outdoor and Experiential Education and Photography, both of which have become integral components of my northern teaching philosophy.I aspire to share these experiences with my students and will use them to guide my continual evolution as an educator.I strive to apply my passion, knowledge, and experience across a variety of leadership, athletic and outdoor activities in the classroom and to provide student support in extracurricular and coaching opportunities. My enthusiasm will encourage a reciprocal sharing of experiences and skills between my students, colleagues, and myself.
Throughout my work and travel experiences, I have encountered many different challenges that have taught me the importance of being flexible, while maintaining an objective and open-minded approach to problem solving.Travel has also instilled in me a keen curiosity of new cultures and ideas, resulting in a constant desire to learn and openness to new learning approaches. These qualities will compel me to constantly evolve as an educator and will be a great support in overcoming any challenge that I might face in my career as an educator in the North.
I am looking forward to answering any further questions you may have in an interview.Thank you very much for your consideration.
Kindergarten to Grade 12 Teacher 2011 - Present
Angik School, BDEC, Paulatuk, NT
Grade 9/10 Pre-Service Teacher – Science Spring 2011
St. Mary’s College, HSCDSB, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Grade 5/6 Pre-Service TeacherFall 2010
St. Bernadette Catholic School, HSCDSB, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Lifeguard / Swimming Instructor1999 – 2004
John Rhodes Community Centre Pool, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Community Engagement Activities2011 – Present
Angik School, Paulatuk, NWT
School VolunteerWinter 2009
St. Paul Catholic School, Guelph, ON
Habitat for Humanity 2004 - 2007
University of Guelph Campus Chapter, Guelph, ON
Program Assistant and Kids Program CoordinatorSummers 2001 and 2007
Ontario Catholic Youth Leadership Camp, Orillia, ON
I believe that the aim of education is to create an experience thatinspires a love of learning by nurturing the development of a healthy sense of self while promoting self expression in a safe, encouraging and positive environment for all students.Every student is capable of learning, and a differentiated learning environment is required to provide each student with the potential to succeed.
As a teacher I will ensure an inclusive classroom based on clear expectations of mutual respect, between the learners and myself.To create an inclusive learning community, it is critical to appreciate and nurture the unique suite of cultural, the diverse funds of knowledge and learning differences in each student.My passion for education will encourage a reciprocal sharing of experiences and skills between myself, my students and my colleagues, which will promote the development of both my own abilities as a leader and coordinator, as well as those of my students.
In the learning community that I will create, a focus on the development of strong, creative problem solving skills will encourage my students to become accomplished, self-confident and resilient learners who are able to meet challenges and overcome adversity.These strengths are essential in successfully taking initiative in, and responsibility for one’s own life.
The experiences that were most meaningful in my elementary education were interactive, experiential learning opportunities. Through these experiences, and those during my practicum, I have developed an education philosophy rooted in Progressivism.This belief will help me to create a democratic classroom that provides students with choice in determining learning experiences that are valid to them.Having a child-centred approach will ensure that the education I am providing is relevant in the current world that my students are living.
During my practicum experience, I have come to understand the importance of self-reflection as a teacher, constantly striving to improve as an educator, taking advantage of every opportunity for professional growth available.Self-reflection will ensure that I am constantly holding myself accountable for the education I provide, and that I am growing and evolving with the ever-changing world that my students are such an important part of.
Emergency Response Forest FirefighterSummers of 2004 and 2006 - 2011
Ministry of Natural Resources, Ranger Lake Camp, ON
Administrative ClerkWinter 2007 – 2008
Stonechurch Family Health Centre, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Special Service Provider 2000 – 2004
Special Services at Home, Sault Ste Marie, ON
Mackenzie River, Fort Simpson, NWT
Nipissing University, North Bay, ON
iTeach Laptop Learning Program 2010 - 2011
Nipissing University, North Bay, ON
University of Guelph, Guelph, ON,Class of 2007
·Guelph Entrance Scholarship of $2000
Educational Exchange Program2001
Ontario Secondary School Diploma – Grades 9 through 13 1997 - 2002
St. Basil’s Secondary School, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
South America 2008