After graduating from the University of Guelph with a degree in Child Studies 1987, I began my career teaching in a nursery school for the Region of Waterloo. I returned to teachers’ college at the University of Toronto in 1992 and began teaching in the public school system in 1993, primarily grades one and two. I began teaching at KBS in 2006.
Since arriving at KBS, I have taught grade four, taken on the role of librarian for a year and have been fortunate enough to be in the kindergarten classroom for the past five years.
At the kindergarten level and in the early years of school, I believe that developing a love of learning, encouraging a genuine curiosity, teaching skills to promote cooperation with others and instilling an “I Can, I Will” attitude is as important as the academics taught at this level.
I believe it is important to stay current with new ideas in the field of education but to use discrimination in order to consider and address each child’s overall needs, and to implement programs and practices that are best suited to helping each student thrive in order to reach his or her potential.
KBS provides a unique opportunity for staff and students to get to know each other in a “ family” atmosphere. I enjoy the fact that younger students, in the primary grades, are excited about and comfortable when interacting with older students. Another great advantage at KBS is that the “whole” child is addressed through academics, the arts and clubs. Each student has a chance to “shine” when involved in sports, music, art, or academics.
I enjoy being active; walking, snowshoeing, golfing, swimming, paddle boarding, hiking and most recently road biking which involves getting used to being “clipped in” and “attached” to my bike.
I have two grown sons who now live out west. My eldest son just got married last summer so now I have a wonderful daughter-in law. My husband and I are now official “empty nesters”, with the exception of our dog, Rocky!