About Me

I am an Ontario Certified Teacher and have been since 2009.  The story of how I got to where I am now is somewhat long, so I won't bore you with the details.  Just know that I've wanted to be a teacher since I started school at the age of 5 years old, but it took me a while to get there because I took a few detours.
Even at 5 years old, I knew that I wanted to teach.
I worked on my BA in Fran├žais and Geographie while my first child was just a toddler.  Those were very intense years as I was basically a single parent.  I was up all night with her, then working all day on school work.  There were many evening classes where I struggled to stay awake, but I had some very understanding and sympathetic professors who guided me through and helped me achieve my goal.

Looking for a change in my life, I accepted a position in 2004, as an Official Language Monitor, in Alberta.  I basically worked in French Immersion schools to promote the French language through games and activities with groups of kids. I worked with kids from Kindergarten to Grade 8. I loved my job and it only made me want to teach even more.

I then worked as an Educational Assistant, in Grades 3 and 4.  I left that job to have my second child, and shortly after he was born, my husband and I decided to move back to Ontario.  Once we bought our house, I started looking for work.  I became an occasional Educational Assistant and an Unqualified Occasional Teacher.  In other words, I was a substitute.  I was working almost every day, and again, it made me want to become a teacher even more.

I went back to school to complete my Bachelor of Education.  I remember sitting in my first class and tears were rolling down my cheeks as I listened to the teacher tell us about some of her experiences.  I was so excited to FINALLY be working towards my dream career!  It was very difficult to juggle the intense work load with family, a house and work, but we all got through it.  I became a qualified teacher in 2009.

For 6 years, I continued to work as a substitute for two different school boards, at about a dozen different schools, all the while applying and interviewing for permanent teaching positions.  Getting on the sub lists and being recognized as a qualified teacher proved to be more difficult than I had anticipated, and I often feel like quitting and moving on to something more stable, but the truth is that I can't imagine doing anything other than teaching.  It is what drives me, it is what I was born to do.

Just as I was about to give it all up, I finally saw the light.  Someone encouraged me to apply for a position that I wasn't considering and I had a very successful interview.  When they called me to offer me the position, I started bawling.  I was finally going to get to do what I so desperately wanted from life.  It was one of the best moments of my life.  I have been teaching in a split grade 4 and 5 classroom in a francophone school and I love every single minute of it (even the planning and marking!).  I learn tremendously from all of my colleagues and from the kids every day and I am blessed to be able to do what I love.

At home, I am a mother to two wonderful kids and wife to the love of my life.  We live in the country, where the kids get lots of fresh air while playing with our two dogs and one cat. In my spare time (which I don't really have a lot of!), I love to read and create engaging resources to share with other teachers.

Every morning, I wake up with a smile and look forward to the day.  What more could I ask for? :)

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