Jaspal Gill moved to Canada in 2011 and completed PQP in 2014. She is now employed as a Grade 5 teacher at Strawberry Hill Elementary school in Surrey.
I came to Canada from India in 2011, where I had a full time career as an English and Social Studies teacher. At the beginning of my teaching career I worked in a convent school and moved on to teach undergraduates at the college level. After I married an Army officer I worked in Army and Air Force schools, and moved every two to three years. When I settled down in Mumbai, I took a teaching position in a private school and was a high school teacher for seven years. For the three years prior to our move to Canada, I was the Vice Principal (Coordinator) of the Elementary wing of the school at which I was teaching.
When our children expressed their desire to pursue their university studies abroad, my family decided to move to Canada. Before our move, I did a lot of homework to understand the teacher certification process in BC. I knew that an evaluation would have to be done, but I did not quite think that the certification would take so long despite being a teacher for so many years! I was determined no matter what I was going to work hard and return to my teaching career.
As soon as we landed I applied to the Teacher Regulation Branch (then called the BC College of Teachers) for certification. When I learned that my teacher certification was going to take time, I worked on my Plan B. I volunteered with non-profit organizations helping teach ELSA classes. I enrolled in a TESOL certification program at Vancouver Community College, and also volunteered in a public school in Richmond and a private school in Surrey. After completing TESOL certification I worked as a Tutor Coordinator for the Community Adult Literacy Program at Kwantlen College and Richmond Libraries.