Proud Charter student

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I am a Charter student of Simon Fraser University who, for the first nine semesters straight, lived in Madge Hogarth House.

My first education practicum was in Coquitlam in a classroom with two other practicum students and lasted two months. Then we were back on campus for two months to attend education tutorials. One of the leaders, a Mr. Jacobson if I remember correctly, brought in a student who had done her practicum in Kamloops. They couldn’t say enough about what a go-ahead district it was. That really stuck with me.

My four month practicum was in Fort St. John. It was my first time really away from home. I boarded there with a family who became and remains to be among my closest friends. I loved being in the classroom and experiencing the smaller more northern community. I got my first teaching position in Langley, BC at Langley Prairie School.

That first spring break I ventured back to Fort St. John, yet returning in time to attend job interviews at the Vancouver Hotel. All the districts in the province were there at the same time for the one day. Because my Fort St. John friends were moving to Kamloops and because of the high practicum set for the district in my tutorial session, I went for an interview. I was hired that same day.

Carolyn Ramsey's PDP class

I ended up with a grade one position and was quite terrified as it is such an important start to children’s school life. All went well, and I spent the rest of my career in the Kamloops district, which lived up to the expectations set by the tutorial session. I even saw that student was still in Kamloops as well.

After teaching for 10 years, I stayed home to raise my children for 12 years. I returned to the classroom part-time in 1991, eventually building back up to full-time. I was always trying out new ideas gathered from professional development but held on to the tried and true as well.

My last few years were at Bert Edwards, which became the first Science and Technology School in the province. It was endlessly satisfying and rewarding to experience the children’s’ faces when they had that “AHA!" moment.

For many years, I held an after school knitting club for my grade two students. It was a very special moment when one day the parent of a student came to me and said, “You taught me to knit slippers in knitting club.” I loved my teaching and the children.

I retired in 2013, but continue to volunteer for the One-to-One reading program and help weekly in a colleagues’ classroom. The love and excitement of teaching never has left me. I am proud to be a Charter Student of SFU and to be a part of its 50th Anniversary celebration!!!

Carolyn Ramsay
PDP 1998

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