Nicole Hurtubise

"I liked idea of bi-weekly weekend classes, that it was close to home and that I was already familiar with SFU."

Year Graduated: 2013
Program/Degree: C&I Justice, Law and Ethics MEd 

I am an early career elementary school teacher.

Please tell us how you first discovered your program.
Facebook M.Ed. banner. I went to the Faculty of Education website and found this new program.

Please tell us why you chose the Faculty of Education at SFU for your studies.
I chose SFU for my studies because of the JLEE M.Ed. program, which was a cohort program. I liked idea of bi-weekly weekend classes, that it was close to home and that I was already familiar with SFU.

Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and why?
One of my favourite professors was Dr. Wanda Cassidy. She introduced me to the ethic of care. The idea of care, belonging and community are ideals I strive for in my classrooms and schools, but did not know about the breadth of research on the subject. It is my opinion that all the teachers in this cohort - especially Dr. Cassidy, don’t merely teach about Justice, Law and Ethics - they live it. This is one of the most important lessons I could learn: teach by example. The manner in which they have helped me learn to balance my life has been instrumental in my ability to remain in the program without taking a medical leave or stress leave from my job as a teacher when I was diagnosed with cancer. From these professors I not only learned about the ethic of care, but I was given the gift of it.

What inspires you to learn and continue your education?
I am a lifelong learner. I enjoy learning and wanted to complete my masters early in my career so I would have more options. My mother, Linda Hurtubise, who at 35 started her post-secondary career, inspired returning to school as a mature student. She started taking one class at a time from a local college. At 42 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology, from SFU. She continued with her studies getting her Counselling Psychology Master of Education at the age of 46. She did this while maintaining a grade point average close to 4.0, raising two daughters, being a committed spouse and doing volunteer work.