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. This environment was the perfect place for testing one's mettle, flexibility and empathy, proving to be an absolute joy. Currently I am wrapping up a fantastic semester, teaching at Dr Egbert Junior High School.
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.