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!!!