Teaching Youth in a Classroom or Recreational Setting
My one-on-one approach with a student in the midst of a melt down.
In 2012, I completed Bachelor of Education program, at the University of Calgary. I was student teaching at Jack James High School, my first choice in placement as high risk populations often have the most complex and high needs students providing an exceptional challenge. I completed my degree with a placement in Dr Egbert Junior High School, both environments the perfect place for testing one's mettle, flexibility and empathy.
Previous to this I was employed at Immigrant Services Calgary, with the Youth Inclusive Neighborhoods Program, which serves a population of at-risk immigrant youth aged 13-16, providing them with recreation and life skills workshops on a weekly basis. Facilitating there gave me opportunity to hone my group management skills, juggling a group of 12-20 youth with another facilitator on what would be considered a regular field trip to all ends of the city.
What really brought me to teaching though was the Career Training Initiative at the Calgary Drop-In Centre, a shelter and rehabilitation facility located in downtown Calgary. The Career Training Initiative (CTI) is a "free, three-week employment preparation program designed to provide homeless and low-income individuals essential life skills, basic computer skills, and industry certifications." Truly though the goal is help create self sufficient, life long learners who are engaged in meaningful, long-term employment. It was a challenging and rewarding environment that continues to guide me to seeking out some of the most challenging teaching environments.