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