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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.

Overview

        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.

Career Related Employment

Kindergarten to Grade 12 Teacher 2011 - Present

Angik School, BDEC, Paulatuk, NT

  • Developed and implemented differentiated physical education programs for students of all ages and skill levels, that encouraged participation, individual skill development and promoted life-long active lifestyles.
  • Created interactive science programs for students working at a variety of academic levels, in a Grade 7 to 9 multi-grade class, as well as in Grades 10, 11 and 12 high school science classes.
  • Taught Career and Technology Study courses in the high school, including Career and Life Management and Photography, to encourage building life skills and promote attendance.
  • Integrated traditional knowledge and local culture into all subject areas through the use of local resources, elders and community members.
  • Created proposals for and acquired numerous grants to improve the active lifestyle of the students in Angik school, including, for the first time in Paulatuk, the Take a Kid Trapping Program
  • Chaired multiple committees including: a committee focused on implementing strategies that increase the Cultural Identity in the school community, the Occupational Health and Safety Committee, reviewed the Student Handbook and School Lock-down Procedure
  • Coached teams competing in the Beaufort-Delta Northern and Dene Games, the BDEC Sports Friendship Games, and the Regional and Territorial Skills Competition in 2012 and 2013
  • Organized 5 days of Professional Development activities for the Angik School staff, including 2.5 days of cultural activities, and 2.5 days of Speech and Language Pathology in Education
  • Took school photos for all students, classes and staff at Angik School 

Grade 9/10 Pre-Service Teacher – Science Spring 2011

St. Mary’s College, HSCDSB, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

  • Planned and implemented differentiated lessons in 3 different science courses, at both the academic and applied levels, using Assessment Exemplars to assess student work
  • Developed laboratory safety skills and management techniques in facilitating a variety of labs using a multitude of lab equipment and chemicals
  • Incorporated SMART Technology, and a variety of demonstrations and manipulates in delivering lessons.
  • Provided extra help for students at lunch or after school on a daily basis
  • Developed recording strategies to track student work patterns, behaviour and marks

Grade 5/6 Pre-Service TeacherFall 2010

St. Bernadette Catholic School, HSCDSB, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

  • Planned and implemented differentiated lessons in Math, Science, Physical Education and Language Arts to a grade 5/6 classroom, using Assessment Exemplars to assess student work
  • Developed and administered various evaluation and assessment tools, including rubrics, checklists and running records.
  • Assisted in coaching the girls and boys volleyball team, provided support in organizing and supervising a Halloween Dance and a school Christmas Concert.
  • Developed a wide range of classroom management skills, and the use of various technological aids (ELMO projector, wireless Bluetooth mouse to increase class interaction, SMART board and Web resources)
  • Was a contributor at a Team Teaching Math seminar, developing a math lesson using the Bansho Strategy, and was selected to be a co-teacher to team-teach the lesson to a grade 6 class.

Lifeguard / Swimming Instructor1999 – 2004

John Rhodes Community Centre Pool, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

  • Planned and implemented lessons in swimming for groups of students from 3 years of age to adults.
  • Exercised constant problem solving skills and management techniques to ensure the safety of each student, while providing differentiated accommodation to engage each member of the class.
  • Developed the skills to interact with parents in a respectful and constructive way
  • Responsibilities included one-on-one, small and large group instruction and supervision

Professional Development

  • Greater Edmonton Teachers Convention Association (GETCA)2013  Edmonton, AB
  • On-the-Land Education Workshop2012   Inuvik, NWT    
  • Speech and Language Pathology in Education Workshop2012  Paulatuk, NWT
  • Experiential Science 30 In-service2011   Yellowknife, NWT
  • Science Across the Curriculum Workshop2011   Nipissing University, North Bay, ON
  • OFSAA Coaching in Ontario Schools2010  Secondary Workshop (Recognized by the NCCP)                                                                                          Nipissing University, North Bay, ON

Other Achievements

  • First Aid and CPR
  • Science Across the Curriculum Workshop
  • Interviewed by Northwind on CBC Radio North regarding my school photography program
  • “Centre Specialist” Award from Nipissing University Social Studies Department
  • Workplace Hazardous Material Information System
  • MNR Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Policy Workshop
  • OFSAA Coaching in Ontario Schools – Secondary Workshop (Recognized by the NCCP)
  • CPI Training
  • Science North Teaching Field Trip Workshop
  • SMART Notebook 1 iTeach Extended Learning Workshop
  • SMART Notebook 2 iTeach Extended Learning Workshop

Volunteer Experience

Community Engagement Activities2011 – Present

Angik School, Paulatuk, NWT

  • Organized numerous community feasts, sport tournaments, and games nights with school staff to encourage a positive relationship between school and community in Paulatuk

School VolunteerWinter 2009

St. Paul Catholic School, Guelph, ON

  • Assisted teachers in classrooms from kindergarten to grade 8, working individually with struggling students, and also prepared and implemented a lesson on ‘muscles and bones’ in a grade 5 science class.

Habitat for Humanity 2004 - 2007

University of Guelph Campus Chapter, Guelph, ON

  • Attended and contributed to a building project in Florida for a week in February 2006
  • Exposed to many new skills and experiences, requiring me to cooperate and collaborate in a team to achieve our goals.

Program Assistant and Kids Program CoordinatorSummers 2001 and 2007

Ontario Catholic Youth Leadership Camp, Orillia, ON

  • Selected as a camper to return to help in planning and organizing the camp.
  • Designed and implemented a weeklong program for an average of 20 children of various ages, while their parents ran the primary camp program.
  • Responsible for supervision and activity programming for children throughout the day, as well as bed time procedures 

Extracurricular Interests

  • Nipissing Education Intramural Volleyball/Baseball tournament
  • University of Guelph Intramural Ball hockey and volleyball leagues
  • Variety of other sports: Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee, Skiing
  • Outdoor Recreation: camping, fishing, hiking
  • Travelling (trekking, backpacking)
  • Photography

Philosophy of Education

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. 

Other Employment Experience

Emergency Response Forest FirefighterSummers of 2004 and 2006 - 2011

Ministry of Natural Resources, Ranger Lake Camp, ON

  • Achieved ‘Crew Boss’ qualification, which has enhanced my workplace leadership skills, while engendering the self-confidence to lead when necessary.
  • Elected by my coworkers as the Worker Representative on the Health and Safety Committee.
  • Trained mentally and physically to perform many different tasks and problem solving strategies in high stress emergency situations
  • Learned the importance of team communication and coordination techniques in initial attack fire control, camp set up, fire suppression and clean up

Administrative ClerkWinter 2007 – 2008

Stonechurch Family Health Centre, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

  • Developed schedules for Medical Students, as well as the organization, input and updating of patient records.
  • Created a newsletter to address current health concerns in the community, along with providing information to promote healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Developed cooperative and inter-professional collaborative skills in working with a variety of people from different professions sharing common goals; also attended workshops on the subject
  • Developed efficiency in using a variety of software programs, as well as technical troubleshooting skills

Special Service Provider                                                                                                                          2000 – 2004

Special Services at Home, Sault Ste Marie, ON

  • Tutored 2 children with special needs, participating in a variety of activities involving the practice of life skills and community involvement (Swimming, hockey games, movies, etc.)
  • Developed compassion and understanding along with many skills in adaptability and innovation.

Educational History

NWT Education, Culture and Employment Educational Leadership Program (ELP)            2012

Part 1 

Mackenzie River, Fort Simpson, NWT

Bachelor of Education in the Junior / Intermediate Division 2010 - 2011

General Science

Nipissing University, North Bay, ON

iTeach Laptop Learning Program 2010 - 2011

Nipissing University, North Bay, ON

Honours Bachelor of Science – Bio-Medical Science                                                                           2002 – 2007

University of Guelph, Guelph, ON,Class of 2007

·Guelph Entrance Scholarship of $2000

Educational Exchange Program2001

Hyeres, France

Ontario Secondary School Diploma – Grades 9 through 13 1997 - 2002

St. Basil’s Secondary School, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Cross-Cultural Experience

Nepal                                                                                                                                                                                  2009

  • Traveled alone through Nepal for 2 months, spending 2 weeks studying Buddhist Meditation in Kopan Monastery, followed by a month-long trek on foot from the foothills of the Himalayas to the First Base Camp of Mount Everest.
  • Learned the value of seeing life through many perspectives, cultures and life situations by sharing stories and celebrating festivals in the homes of local friends met throughout my journeys.

South America                                                                                                                                                                 2008

  • Backpacked with a partner for 3 months through Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.
  • Developed an appreciation and passion for the people, cultures, the history of South America and learning through life experience.
  • Highlights included trekking to Machu Picchu and throughout the Colca Canyon, camping in the Amazon Jungle of Bolivia, biking through the Atacoma Desert in Chile and surfing on the Beaches of Argentina.

Hyeres, France2001

  • Spent 1 semester of high school studying in France, learning the language, experiencing the culture and learning the value of learning through experience.