Education Assistants, FeatureStory
How long have you been working at Connect Charter School? I have been working at Connect since the beginning of the 2017 school year after having completing a practicum and volunteering at Connect the previous school year.
What is your educational/professional background? Before I chose to enter into the Education Assistant program at Mount Royal University, I spent 4 enjoyable years as a school bus/charter driver for First Student Canada.
What brought you to Connect?When I completed my practicum at Connect, not only was I drawn in by the friendly, excited buzz from the staff, but I was also in awe of how happy the students were. When there are happy students, it’s because there are happy staff members who are creating positive, effective learning opportunities which is spearheaded by a passionate, thoughtful and driven admin team. Who doesn’t want to be a part of that? Every day I walked into Connect during my practicum I was welcomed with warm friendly faces from everyone, students and staff combined. These interactions made me feel included as another member of the team for student success instead of being the struggling terrified mistake-making learner that I actually was in that moment, who was just trying to fill my practicum hours. I felt very much felt like I was an inconvenience at other schools from around the city who was just getting in everyone’s way, but not at Connect. The Student Services team took me under their wings and patiently mentored me through my learning and shaped me into the EA I am today. I looked forward to every practicum day I had at Connect which then prompted me to become a classroom volunteer which grew into a feeling that there was no other school that matched my philosophies of education and the process of learning. I knew I needed to work as hard as I could to be a part of the culture and community that Connect fosters for its students.
Tell us a bit about your family. I have 3 kids: an 8 year old daughter who is a never ending ball of energy and is eager to join the Connect community next year. An 11 year old son who is a talented paper manipulator and is currently loving his third year at our school. Lastly, a 35 year old (aka husband) who enjoys his free time playing video games with the other two.
What do you like to do when you’re not at Connect? When I’m not at work I usually spend my time with my kids and nieces. I bring them to various activities or we enjoy the outdoors, camping and hiking being at the top of our list. In my own personal down time I like to research, create and then try out different homemade concoctions of hygiene products that I make like body washes, scrubs, shampoos, conditioners and lotions.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know about you? After graduating high school I joined a Vancouver agency and was an extra on many different movie sets around the Fraser Valley for a couple years. A few major sets I’ve been on were: John Tucker Must Die, Whistler, She’s the Man, Hot Rod, Kickin’™ it Old Skool, White Chicks, Dr. Dolittle 3, Final Destination 3 as well as others. Some of the major celebrities I’ve met while on set were Jesse Metcalf, Ashanti, Sophia Bush, Amanda Bynes, Jamie Kennedy, Andy Samberg, Kyla Pratt and Channing Tatum. My mini second of frame-fame was in Kickin’™ it Old Skool during a break dancing competition as well as the opening scene to the pilot episode of the TV show Whistler.
What is your favourite colour of socks to wear? I like to wear wooly blue socks the most!
If you could have an animal love you unconditionally, which animal would it be? If I could have an animal love me unconditionally it would a baby elephant!
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