I decided I wanted to be a teacher when I was 7 years old. I love learning and I try to pass on my enthusiasm for learning to my students. In large part, my former students, the children that I had the pleasure to teach in small Aboriginal communities, motivate me. That is where I learned the importance of building strong relationships with students, families and communities. I am inspired by a keen interest in the subject areas I teach: language, literacy and children’s literature. I believe that curiosity is an important trait for all learners. I have high expectations of students; at the same time, I try to provide the support they need for success. In addition to teaching courses at the University of Alberta campus, for the past six years, I have had the privilege of teaching undergraduate courses at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, as part of the Collaborative Bachelor of Education Program.
EDEL 305 - Language Arts in the Elementary School
EDEL 409 - Teaching Literature in Elementary Schools:
EDEL 496 - Teaching Language Arts in a Cross-Cultural Environment:
EDEL 505 - Theory and Practice in the Language Arts
EDEL 510 - Children’s Literature in the Elementary School