Mentor Profiles

Mentor Teacher Profiles

 

Leah

Program:
Combined Degree

Hometown: Falun

A fun fact about me: I have a love of baking and used my time in quarantine trying lots of new things. My favourite has been croissants!

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: Parks and Recreation

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? All the Light We Cannot See! It’s so good!

Tips for first years:

Incorporate time for yourself into your schedule! University can be demanding but it is so much more rewarding when you find a balance between work and fun.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

Making friends! I have so many Education classmates who are extremely outgoing and welcoming. It’s been amazing to surround myself with people who have similar experiences and goals.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

I was supposed to do my IFX last term so I don’t have much experience with the online classes but I would say that with any class, time management is key! Set goals for how much time you hope to spend on each class and use a planner to mark important deadlines.

 

 

Kennedy

Program:
Secondary

Hometown: Tsawwassen, BC

A fun fact about me: I love sports and previously played Pandas Volleyball for a bit.

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: I watch lots of TV and one of my favorites would have to be Friday Night Lights.

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations?
A cool book I would recommend that I read in my first year English class was a memoir by Carmen Aguirre called Something Fierce.

Tips for first years:

Create a study schedule- everything happens at a faster pace and workloads are much larger than high school classes. Also, grab the contact information of at least one other student on the first day of classes so that if you need to miss a class they can give you the full lecture notes as professors tend to test on things discussed in class.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

The people- I have been involved in multiple programs and experiences on campus and education students/professors are some of the friendliest and most outgoing people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

My top tip for taking online classes would be to closely follow the study schedules you make because online classes require a greater accountability and responsibility on the part of the students to ensure you don't fall behind. Try to watch any pre-recorded lectures at the time they are posted as it is easier to allot 1 hour of each day then 5 hours in one day in the long run.

 

 

Carmelita

Program:
Secondary

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

A fun fact about me: I am plant-based which means I don't eat animals / animal products and I love exploring new veggie restuarants around the city.

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: RuPaul's Drag Race (any season) or Gilmore Girls

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

Tips for first years:

Get involved! Try new things / new classes to really find what you like.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

Taking a class I wasn't sure about and have it being my favourite. Which also led to a wonderful volunteer opportunity I am still involved with to this day.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Take breaks! Being online and trying to engage whether you're just listening to a lecture or are more invovled in a zoom chat senario can be really exhausting. Make sure you take breaks when you can, and carve out some computerless time in your day.

 

 

Julia

Program:
Secondary

Hometown: Bonnyville, AB

A fun fact about me: I absolutely love trying new recipes, and if you send them my way I will totally let you know how they turned out!

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: Modern Family. And there's 10 seasons, you really can't go wrong.

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations?
The Hate U Give is an amazing one. It hits hard but it's also easy to read and the topic is one that we should all know and work to understand. Also, Educated by Tara Westover. If you like memoirs, this is for you. I laughed, cried, cringed and got angry multiple times. If you want to feel a million emotions at once, this is THE book.

Tips for first years:

The number one tip I have is CONNECT. Your university experience will be so much better if you take the time to participate in the things you enjoy. Not only will you meet new people, but when you try new things, you may find a new passion that you never knew about before.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

My favourite experience was volunteering for the early field experience pilot program! it was an amazing opportunity to make connection in the field and I got to dip my toes in the water before a deep dive into practicum this year!

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Stay on top of it. It's tempting to let it slip until the last few days before an exam, but believe me, that will not be fun. Take breaks, but make sure you get back to it. It's never fun to have to cram for an exam. Take care of yourself, and do your best. It's never easy to learn online but if you need help, there are resources to get you through it.

 

 

Rebecca

Program:
Elementary

Hometown: Stettler, AB

A fun fact about me: I can play 4 instruments. The French Horn, the piano, the xylophone and singing.

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: Dragon's Den

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? Historical Fiction is my favourite genre. My favourite book as of late was the Lost Girls of Paris.

Tips for first years:

Enjoy your time, it goes by very fast. Plan your time effectively.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

I have loved getting to meet new people. I have also enjoyed getting to hear the different ideas that my fellow classmates have.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Stay on top of your classes. It is hard to catch up once you have fallen behind.

 

 

Hannah

Program:
Elementary

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

A fun fact about me: In the fall I am becoming a certified yoga instructor!

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: I would have to say my favourite study break show is Grey's Anatomy. I love it because I've watched it so many times I do not get too invested into it:))

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? I absolutely love the Red Queen series I read it over quarantine and it was amazing, romance, betrayal, action it has it all!!

Tips for first years:

I would say my biggest tip for first years is to just have fun and believe in yourself. Try not to stress about all your assignments. You will get through it and putting your best foot forward even if you do not love the class, makes it so much better. I know given recent events it is not ideal to start your first year of University, but if you really put your best foot forward and embrace the challenges you will have a way better experience. I know it is difficult sometimes when you get overwhelmed and are stressed, but talk it out with someone and remember you are not alone it is just a little bump in the road and you will be stronger for it. If you take anything from this little paragraph just remember to embrace this experience and have some fun!!

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

I have to say my favourite part so far was taking the CSL course in my EDU 100 class. It was so fun and absolutely amazing to hangout in a classroom with a bunch of kiddos! I found it really cemented what I want to do with my life and it was honestly such a blast!!

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Honestly online classes are certainly different but just embrace it! I found the easiest way for me to stay on top of my classes was to make a schedule. I would write down when I would do what class and thats when I would do it. It helped keep me accountable and stay on top of things. Email will also be your best friend I emailed my professors so much with so many questions, but that's what they're here for! So take advantage! Other than that try to give yourself some brain breaks and still have time for yourself, self care is important!!

 

 

Jenna

Program:
Elementary

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

A fun fact about me: I enjoy doing solo fishing and camping trips

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: New Girl!

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Tips for first years:

Make friends! Be open to trying new things and never shy away from a course because it may be "difficult"

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

I have met a lot of nice students and professors

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Create a study corner in your home, dedicate that space to working hard and being zoned into your schoolwork.

 

 

Amanda

Program:
Secondary

Hometown: Fairview, AB / Edmonton

A fun fact about me: I lived in the UK for 2 years.

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: Usually a sitcom or some 90's Star Trek. Lately it is re-watching Brooklyn-99.

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? My sister and I have been reading the Expeditionary Force novels by Craig Alanson. The series is about a very snarky alien AI and a group of humans who are stumbling around the universe in a stolen spaceship trying to keep Earth safe. They are long and sometimes somewhat technical but are silly and a nice distraction. And the friendship between the AI ("Skippy the Magnificent") and the human captain is endearing and funny.

Tips for first years:

Develop good organizational habits in school work as well as self-care. It will help you be successful with not none, but much less stress if you know what's going on, where everything is, and you are mentally and physically healthy.

Read the emails the U of A sends you, understand when important deadlines are, and ask questions when you need to. Part of being a university student is the administrative side too.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

I really enjoyed EDU 210! It had some interesting theory but a lot of practical information as well.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Start right away! Schedule your time and tasks right at the beginning so you stay on top of it and don't get behind or forget. This applies to in-person classes too, but especially online classes because it feels easier to let things slide.

 

 

Carmen

Program:
Elementary

Hometown: Calgary, AB

A fun fact about me: One fun fact about me would be that I am unable to burp!

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: I have watched a lot of tv series on Netflix, the latest one I have finished start to finish in one night was Umbrella Academy.

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? A book recommendation that I have would be Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

Tips for first years:

Some tips for first years that I would have are: 

  • You don't have to buy textbooks new, there are alternatives such as joining textbook trading groups, ebook, old editions, and borrowing from the library.
  • You are able to opt- out of some fees (like dental and health)
  • Figure out the pedways on campus, as they can be time-saver and keep you warmer in the winter when you have to move to different buildings.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

My favourite part/ experience in this program so far is being able to make connections to people that are in the program.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Plan ahead and mark down all the important dates (exams, assignments, etc.) on a calendar to keep you aware of what is due and self motivate yourself during these online classes.

 

 

Faith

Program:
Secondary

Hometown: Calgary, AB

A fun fact about me: I’ve dyed my hair 6 times in the last year!

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: Oh Brooklyn 99 all the way

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? Waiting for Columbus by Tomas Trofilmuk

Tips for first years:

Don’t take things too seriously! You got into the program and you’re here for a reason- trust the process :)

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

My first day of Ed 100 when I met my first ever university classmates coupled with my last day of Ed 100 when we all realized that in 3 years we’d be teaching together. Such an amazing feeling.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

For the love of all things good- DONT do class in your bedroom if you can help it!!

 

 

Spencer

Program:
Secondary

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

A fun fact about me: My favourite outdoor activity is kayaking. It is a great way for me to spend time with my dad and get outside!

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: Brooklyn Nine-Nine!

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? As a big fan of psychology and business related books, one of my favourite books would have to be The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene.

Tips for first years:

One tip I have is to build a network of friends and study buddies. This can be done by simply being open to the other students in your classes.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

My favourite part in the Education program was taking part in my EDU 100 volunteer work!

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

My top tip is to plan out your day with a schedule. It can be quite easy to get distracted but with a strong schedule you can maximize your level of output work.

 

 

Kiria

Program:
Secondary

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

A fun fact about me: I am Egyptian!

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: Grey's Anatomy!

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? Nope! I am not really a reader.

Tips for first years:

Have at least 1 friend in each class, these friends will save you when you are behind in class!

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

Getting to meet new people everyday

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Review material right after class!

 

 

Lesley

Program:
Secondary

Hometown: Sherwood Park, AB

A fun fact about me: Nominated by friends for Most-Likely-to-Survive-the-Apocalypse

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: Whatever's on Netflix.

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? The End of Average.

Tips for first years:

Attend every class.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

One-day series of seminars that was held on a Saturday early in Winter 2020 term.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Schedule your time and make rules for yourself.

 

 

Nina

Program:
Secondary

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

A fun fact about me: I love travelling and photography because I use them as a means of exploration and adventure.

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: Selling Sunset on Netflix :)

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

Tips for first years:

Do not be afraid to ask questions; other students may have similar questions!

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

My favorite part in the Education program is how it has helped me connect to Edmonton's French community.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Attend lectures, create personal deadlines, and pace yourself appropriately.

 

 

Rachel

Program:
Elementary

Hometown: Red Deer, AB

A fun fact about me: I have a dog named Cooper.

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: How I Met Your Mother

Tips for first years:

Ask questions when you are unsure about anything.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

I like the small class sizes!

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

If you can keep in contact with someone in the class to work along with.

 

 

Kathleen

Program:
Secondary

Hometown: Innisfree, AB

A fun fact about me: While growing up I participated in Ukrainian dancing for seven years.

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: The Office or Mom

Tips for first years:

Start every class/course with the attitude that you are going to learn something that will make you into someone better. Never assume you know everything or that a class won't teach you anything new. Let yourself be taught new things and enjoy your time as a student.

Find what works for you. Most of the work you do is on your own time, so build a schedule or routine that suits your learning, homework, and study styles. If you find that a study method you used in high school isn't quite working anymore, don't be afraid to try a new one if you think it might help. That being said, don't let others convince you to change how you work, take suggestions or tips, but always remember that everyone learns differently, and their way may not be your way.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

My favourite part of the Education program is how supportive everyone in the program is. All the fellow Education students I’ve met are enthusiastic about the future of teaching, want to see everyone succeed, and are genuinely passionate about what they’re studying. These wonderful people always make me proud of my program choice.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Treat them like a regular class. Start your day as if you would be heading to a classroom, be prepared to take notes, take your studying seriously, and keep up with your readings and homework. Put in just as much effort as you would for an in-person class.

 

 

Lori

Program:
Secondary

Hometown: Sherwood Park, AB

A fun fact about me: My parents were both teachers and also attended the University of Alberta!

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: I've gotta say Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul. Really great even the second time around.

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? Picking a favourite is pretty hard, but I recently read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Really good, and need I say it? Much better than the limited series they released based on it! The characters in the book are much more complex, believable, and even more likeable!

Tips for first years:

Attend a workshop through the Academic Success Centre! I learned some helpful strategies for writing in-class essays and study tips. It's well worth the small fee they charge.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

Having excellent instructors who model great teaching and inspire me to push myself to be my best. There are a few who will be remembered for not only encouraging a growth mindset in us students, but also for creating an environment where their excitement and passion for the material was truly contagious.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Get dressed for online class like you are going to school, including shoes! I swear it will make a difference.

 

 

Jenna

Program:
Secondary

Hometown: Markerville, AB

A fun fact about me: I grew up on a strawberry farm.

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: Survivor

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? Educated by Tara Westover, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Girl with All the Gifts by Mike Carey, Through the Woods by Emily Carrol - All very different and all very good!

Tips for first years:

Get to know your professors! The professors in Education are lovely and really want to see you succeed. They may even be great future connections for graduate studies.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

Getting to be part of very interactive education classes filled with great discussion. I have made many great friends in this program through my classes.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Stay organized to stay on top of your deadlines. Having a plan of when you are going to work on each class (especially those that are asynchronous) can keep you from getting behind and stressed out!

 

 

Yewon

Program:
Elementary

Hometown: Seoul, Korea

A fun fact about me: I've lived in Kenya my since I was two and came to Canada two years ago!

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: I absolutely love watching Grace and Frankie : )

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? I love reading C.S Lewis books! one of my all time favourite is The Screwtape Letters.

Tips for first years:

Make sure you talk to your professors if you ever need help! They are not as scary as they seem : )

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

There are so many memories to choose from but one of the highlights was being part of a pilot program for Early Field experience. Being with the students reminded me of why I'm part of the Elementary Education program and it was absolutely lovely.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

I would say the biggest tip for taking online classes would be to actually sit at a desk or table and get out of bed!

 

 

Emma

Program:
Elementary

Hometown: Ardrossan, AB

A fun fact about me: I've wanted to be a teacher since I was 7 years old.

I live on an acreage directly beside Elk Island National Park, so I see buffalo on my way to school.

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: I recently got a Disney + account so I'm currently re-watching all my childhood shows like The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Boy Meets World, but you can't go wrong with FRIENDS!

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? I love poetry, Rupi Kaur is coming out with a new book soon and it's on the top of my list!

Tips for first years:

Make the most of your time here. You won't remember the grades, but you will remember all the things you did, so get involved. Whether it is going abroad, volunteering, or running for council.

Meet new people!! It's good to have someone there if you have a question, need notes, or just need a friend!

Grades do not define you!! It's okay to not have a perfect GPA; remember that you tried your best and that's what really counts!

Try not to be scared, you'll find that the students and staff on campus can be very kind and are always there to lend a helping hand.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

I would say just meeting new people within the faculty, from the students and meeting some really caring professors. The students are all so open and supportive both inside and out of class. Class discussions I find are so interesting to see how we are all going to be teachers but each one has their own unique way of thinking.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Create a schedule. Not just a strict study schedule, but a schedule that has breaks in between. Take that lunch hour break, do a small workout in between classes, go for a walk, create an inner circle so you study with the same people and still follow guidelines. Online classes are an adjustment so don't be hard on yourself for not completing everything on that list for the day.

 

 

Angela

Program:
Elementary

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

A fun fact about me: I love travelling and have worked/studied abroad in China, Costa Rica and Spain. In my free time I enjoy playing music and writing songs. A few years ago, my band was the winner of SUBstage Search at the UofA!

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: The Office, obviously.

 

Tips for first years:

Go out of your way to talk to people. Although university can seem intimidating at first, most people are very friendly if you take the initiative to reach out.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

I love being an education student because it gives me the opportunity to take a variety of courses. I think that pursuing an interdisciplinary degree is not only informative and educational, but also equips you with a better understanding of what the world looks like and how you fit in.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Set goals for yourself that can be completed at a reasonable pace. Unrealistic expectations only guarantee failure. If you fall behind, don't be too hard on yourself and be sure to give grace.

 

 

Phoenix

Program:
Elementary

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

A fun fact about me: I have a same year sister ( my sister and I were born less than a year apart)

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: Grey’s Anatomy

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Tips for first years:

Have a schedule! Being organized and on top of your assignments will definitely lead you to success.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

The classes. I’m in an environment where the courses related to your degree helps you influence and bring awareness of certain situations to younger generations.

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Having a routine. Act as if school is in-person.

 

 

Jazlyn

Program:
Secondary

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

A fun fact about me: I have travelled to 8 different countries

What is your favourite show to binge during study breaks: Grey’s Anatomy

More time at home may also mean more time to read your favourite books! Do you have any book recommendations? A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Tips for first years:

Get involved! I never thought I’d be overly involved with events on campus but volunteering with ESA (Education Student’s Association) was so much fun and a great way to meet new people.

What has been your favourite part or favourite experience in the Education program so far?

The people! So many great people within the faculty to meet and everyone is very kind and welcoming!

What is your top tip for taking online classes?

Do not procrastinate!!!!! Use the extra time to really focus on your subjects.