Day trip to Alouette Lake

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Back in 1971, I, along with several other PDP student teachers, organized an outdoor experience for a group of elementary aged kids who were attending day programs through the Physical Education Department at Simon Fraser University. The day trip was to Allouette Lake in Golden Ears Park. We had visited the site in advance and set up an orienteering type challenge. We also packed in microscopes and other apparatus, which allowed the kids to view pond life etc.

This field trip taught me how much attention to detail is required in organizing such an experience even though the legalities of waiver forms were far list strict or complicated in 1971.

In terms of influential faculty members, my supervisors for TLITE (1999-2001) were extremely supportive in heaping me realizing my own potential both in the practical and theoretical aspects of the relationships between technology and education. 

I worked as a Teacher On Call in the Burnaby School District the year after graduation. The following two years as a budget cutting measure TOCs were not used much as teachers with spares had to cover for their absent colleagues. However, through my connections while TOCing, especially at Burnaby Central Senior Secondary, I was offered a job teaching senior chemistry at Langley Secondary School. This expanded to include Advancement Placement Chemistry as well as Honours/enriched classes at the junior secondary level. 

I moved to Langley in 1977 and spent my entire 35 year teaching career in Room105 at Langley Secondary School before retiring in June 2009. I am absolutely passionate about my career, not really even considering it work, and still miss it after retiring (well – not the politics or marking). My wife wanted me to retire a few years earlier, but my student wouldn’t let me. There is a website called RateMyTeachers.com. Upon its discovery I was surprised to learn that at one stage my students had me rated as the 45th best teacher in North America. I don’t normally boast but that certainly felt rewarding. The greatest reward from teaching is to hear from former students that I had “made a difference in their lives” whether in their self-confidence or their career path. From 1979 until I retired I also ran 5–8 school ski trips per year to first Grouse Mountain and then Whistler putting to good use the knowledge I had acquired from that day trip to Alouette Lake back in PDP in 1971.

Glenn Disney
B.Sc. 1970, PDP 1971, TLITE 2001