Hi. I’m Judy. I’ve been a teacher since I was 16.
I started as a swim instructor. I had the gift of working for Coquitlam Recreation where we forged new paths in teaching kids to swim. I loved the work. I loved the kids. I loved the smiles on parent faces when their kids learned to swim. I loved it so much I became a Master Trainer for the Red Cross. I wanted everyone to be a great swim instructor!
But then I had to grow up and go to university. I had no clue what I wanted to be, other than what my family was encouraging. “Law”, they said. So I complied and headed into Commerce with corporate law in my sights. Hated it. Luckily, after three years, a university counsellor rescued me by helping me remember what I loved. Kids learning. Smiling parents. So off I headed to Education. And I couldn’t be happier.
I accepted my first teaching job at 21 – barely older than the students I taught. I am grateful for the diverse experiences I’ve enjoyed and the wonderful communities teaching has taken me to.
2014 is my 30th year of teaching. Here’s what I’ve been so lucky to do…..
- high school Business Education teacher
- high school counsellor
- summer school teacher for very early French Immersion
- TOC work (I just love the diversity of that!)
- high school French, English, and Math teacher
- high school Alternative Education teacher
- educational researcher
- grade 6 and 7 solo and team teacher
- Principal of a K-8 school – teaching multigrade 5-8
- Principal of a K-5 school – teaching every grade in different collaborative combinations
- Vice Principal of high school teaching in a personalized learning program
- Co Principal of high school still teaching
- Principal of high school developing a student driven learning centre and still teaching
- A bunch of coaching, sponsoring, working with amazing young people, teachers, and parents……
And in my 30th year I am working as Principal of Special Projects – at all schools helping staff learn new things.
This blog is my commitment to write more. Think about what I’ve learned. Share my excitement about where education is heading.
I’d love to know what you think as I share along the way!
with gratitude for a path I’ve loved that is headed in a direction of hope