I am a Canadian secondary English teacher who has had the pleasure of teaching students of all ages, from primary all the way up to university level students. I have earned a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature, a Bachelor’s of Education, and an Honours degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in Psychology at the wonderful University of Windsor in Canada.
I have had the honour of coaching senior boys’ basketball for Westview Freedom Academy in Windsor, Ontario. I believe coaching and teaching have a lot in common, and I strive to make my students and players aware of the process required to maximise learning and development.
When I am not teaching our future generation, I enjoy reading, exercising, playing a variety of sports—including basketball, football, kayaking—and eating chocolate. I love chocolate.
As we all get older and wiser day by day, it is imperative that we dedicate our time on Earth practising and becoming life-long learners, no matter our age. Whether you’re a teenager beginning your secondary school journey or a grandparent of 3 lovely grandchildren, you are never too old to become a better version of you.
I hold myself to very high standards, and I do the same for my students. I firmly believe that students grow when they are challenged and when they are asked to think critically, creatively, and “outside of the box.” When we are in our comfort zone, we are out of the enhancement zone.
I teach my students that learning does not stop when they graduate secondary school, or even University. School is not just a place for learning about different subjects—English, mathematics, science, etc.—it is a place to learn transferable skills, higher order learning skills, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, responsibility, time management, social and emotional skills, and much, much more.
Taking every single day as an opportunity to learn is something I hold dear to my heart and is something that should be a part of everyone’s ‘life philosophy.’ For this reason, I am ecstatic about teaching—and possibly coaching—at such a reputable and rewarding school. I look forward to bringing my experience to the NAISAK family, and I look forward to learning new things and developing as both a teacher and a person.