Substitute and Alumnus Teacher Profiles

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Connect Charter School is filled with innovative, dedicated, and talented staff. This year more than any, our substitute and temporary teachers have played a huge role in supporting our program and teachers during the pandemic. 

Today we’re profiling some of our outstanding temporary and substitute staff. 

Emily McDonald, Grade 4 Teacher and Connect Charter School Alumnus

How long have you been at Connect Charter School?

I finished my last practicum in April of 2019 at Connect. I started subbing at Connect very shortly after I finished. The following school year in October, I had the opportunity to teach Grade 8 for 6 weeks! Directly following that, I started teaching Grade 6 through the end of the school year. This school year, I got the opportunity to start the school year with a group of students for my first time. I am currently enjoying teaching Grade 4!

What is your educational/professional background?

I went to the Calgary Science School as a student, so have truly gone full circle. I went to Mount Royal University for their Bachelor of  Education program with a minor in teaching English as a second language. Since then, I have spent my career at Connect!

What’s the best part about working at Connect?

I have been loving the opportunity to work with many different staff over my short term contracts, I have learned so much from so many of them! I also love seeing the students grow up, learn and change over the years! 

What do you like to do when you’re not at Connect?

I like to hike, bake and read!

Bonus Question: What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I went to India for the first time in the spring of 2018. I loved my experience so much, I went back again in December of the same year!

(The photo of is of Jaime and me: My Grade 9 teacher and now my pod partner!)

Ken Boe: Substitute Teacher

How long have you been a substitute teacher at Connect Charter School?

This is my third year subbing at Connect. 

What is your educational/professional background?

I have a 5 year Degree in Bachelors of Education. I have taught for 30+ years in BC before retiring here in Calgary. “Yes, Calgary! My wife and I moved here to be with our 2 daughters.

What’s the best part about subbing at Connect:

The best things about subbing at Connect are working with all the students and wonderful staff (teachers, office, admin, and custodians). I also enjoy helping out in all the classes, Grades 4-9 and getting to know the students. Being an Outdoor Ed. School, I’ve gotten to be involved in a number of outdoor activities like bike riding, nature walks, kayaking, dragon boat paddling, skating and snowshoeing. 

What do you like to do when you’re not at Connect?

When I am not subbing at Connect, I enjoy biking both on trails and the road, running, swimming, X-Country skiing, playing the guitar, taking George, our miniature Aussie-Doodle for walks, and spending time with my 1 year old grandson Odin, ‘Norwegian meaning King of Kings’. 

Bonus Question: What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Something most don’t know about me is that I have competed in and finished 4 Ironman Canada races, numerous Half-Ironman events as well as many Olympic and Sprint Triathlons in BC, AB and the USA.

Linda Burlet: Substitute Teacher

 

How long have you been at Connect Charter School?

I have been a substitute at Connect since June 2015.  I was in the office as the receptionist from September 2013. At that time the school was still called Calgary Science School.  I was in the office during the transition years! Such an exciting time!

What is your educational/professional background?

I received my Bachelor of Education from U of C in 1991.  I also have a Diploma as an ESL teacher.

What’s the best part about subbing at Connect?

The best part of teaching at Connect is getting to get to know all of the students so well.  I love the fact that I have gotten to see them grow from just entering our school in Grade 4 and then graduating in Grade 9!  I love reminding the older students of what they were like, and Connect was like when they started school here.

What do you like to do when you’re not at Connect?

When I am not teaching at Connect, I have a very quiet life.  I love to walk in nature, do yoga and keep my house clean.  My daughter is away at university, so my husband and I enjoy our quiet time with our dog Taz.

Bonus Question: What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I have been at Connect so long, and know people so well, I don’t know if there’s anything they don’t know about me, lol.  But, I don’t think many people know that I volunteered for the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988! I worked in the university housing area where many athletes slept and relaxed.  It was so wonderful to have been a part of our city’s legacy.

Terran Fong: Substitute and Part Time PE Teacher; Connect Charter School Alumnus

How long have you been a substitute teacher at Connect Charter School?

This is my first year as a substitute teacher at Connect Charter School! I completed my fourth year practicum at Connect last year, and also attended Connect formerly known as the Calgary Science School as a student from 2007 – 2013.

What is your educational/professional background?

I just graduated last spring from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Education, with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Health and Physical Education!

What’s the best part about subbing at Connect?

The best part about subbing at connect is working with students in different age groups and different subjects each and every day! Students at Connect have an exciting energy and eagerness to learn. They always make me feel welcome and that I am a part of the school’s community!

What do you like to do when you’re not at Connect?

When I am not at Connect I enjoy spending time with my dog and being outdoors! In the winter I enjoy playing hockey, and in the summer I spend a lot of time in the mountains camping and hiking!

Bonus Question: What’s something most people don’t know about you?

One thing that not a lot of people know about me is that I used to do karate and hold a second degree brown belt.