"I wanted to learn from and with the amazing arts-based education scholars at SFU. I love my cohort family and instructors. I learn so much from the collaborative experience and our family's diverse backgrounds and interests."

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Student Profile: Misty Paterson

March 21, 2022
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Arts Education doctoral student in the Faculty of Education

My name is Misty Paterson. I come from a family of educators. I am a Curriculum and Pedagogy artist at heart. "Classrooms" are my canvas. Children and educators are my muse. I curate and weave curriculum theory, pedagogical practices, mandated learning standards, and everyday materials together in something I call, Pop-Up Studio.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I wanted to learn from and with the amazing arts-based education scholars at SFU.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

I'm currently researching the aesthetics of everyday life and its impact on pedagogy, leadership, and mentorship. I'm especially curious about the intersections, interplays, and possibilities between spontaneous, artful, and collaborative curriculum-making, teacher agency, and teacher retention. The pandemic has amplified stresses in an already strained education system and the preexisting pressures teachers experience. I hope my research will help to ease some of the pressures teachers face and infuse joy, agency, and artistry into pedagogical relationships for better teacher and student outcomes.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

I love my cohort family and instructors. I learn so much from our collaborative experiences, diverse backgrounds and interests.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

I was fortunate to receive a Graduate Fellowship. Thank you SFU!

 

Contact : misty_paterson@sfu.ca