Working in our Catholic community is an extension of my own personal faith and life, so I have the opportunity to enrich the lives of others. Relationships are the core of our work, and I take great pride in keeping them strong and positive.
What was the most unexpected thing you had to do in your job?
Zoom kindergarten interviews, Zoom professional learning meetings, Zoom social catch-ups. Online learning has certainly made us think on our feet.
What challenges have you faced during the pandemic?
Ensuring that all of our beautiful students had access to technology to use when working remotely was challenging. Making sure that our staff and students had screen-free time was crucial.
How transferable are your skills?
Communication and building relationships is the foundation of my work. Being an active listener who is understanding of where people are coming from and the life experience they bring to school with them always helps me to understand children more.
Growing up on a farm taught me to be positive, calm, grateful, committed to helping others, and to always see the bright side of life. What I learned from my parents and from my own Catholic education is that faith, hope and love are the ingredients to happiness and success.
What skills and personal skills do people need in teaching?
A sense of humour, a calm nature, a desire to engage others and a bank of interesting facts to share at the right time. An ability to communicate, to listen, to inspire, to share your learning with others.