Masters student Rebecca Rubuliak was nominated by associate professor Nancy Spencer and professors Donna Goodwin and John Spence for her role as teaching assistant for KIN 293 – Introduction to the Movement Activities of Children and KIN 471 – Physical Activity for People with Intellectual Impairment.
“Teaching has been one of the highlights of my graduate student experience! I am grateful to have worked with amazing undergraduate and graduate students and community partners, and am especially appreciative of the mentors from whom I have received tremendous support and learned so much, including Dr. Nancy Spencer, Dr. Donna Goodwin, Mary Ann Rintoul, Christina Hoang, and Amanda Ebert. I am honored to receive this award. It encourages me to continue pursuing my passion for teaching and learning, and to challenge myself to remain curious and reflective in my approach.”
“KIN 471 is a demanding class for a teaching assistant as it is registered with the UofA as a Community Service Learning Class (CLS) and requires several partners to come together to determine and achieve mutually beneficial goals,” says Donna Goodwin. “I met with Rebecca weekly over the course of the teaching term. I was amazed and astonished at her level of reflexion and concern for the well-being of all partners engaged in the CSL partnership. She worked tirelessly to support the students, not only during the lab times, but meeting students one-on-one outside of class. She was a tremendous support to me as I was teaching the course for the first time. I came to respect Rebecca’s professionalism, scholarly transfer of knowledge to an applied teaching setting, and willingness to think deeply about her role in the preparation of adapted physical activity professionals.”
“By all accounts, Rebecca is a conscientious instructor who is well-prepared for her teaching assignments. Whether from principal instructors, the students, or us as administrators, the story is the same,” says John Spence.
“Rebecca has simply excelled in all aspects of being a teaching assistant and gone above and beyond expectations,” says Nancy Spencer. “Rebecca is one of the most thoughtful and authentically engaged teaching assistants I have ever worked with.”