My Educational Journey

  • Born in Langenburg, SK.

    Born in Langenburg, SK.
    I am the youngest of 10 siblings. I grew up on a farm. My mom was a school teacher before she had kids so education was always important in our house. My dad worked in the local potash mines.
  • Entered kindergarten at Hoffman Elementary School

    Entered kindergarten at Hoffman Elementary School
    This school contained kindergarten to grade 6. Langenburg was a town of around 1000 so we knew everyone in the school regardless of what grade they were in.
  • Entered Middle School at Parkside Junior High

    Entered Middle School at Parkside Junior High
    In grade 7 we moved to BIG school. Grades 7 through 9 were on the west side of the school and the high school was on the east. A gym separated the two schools.
  • Started High School at LHS

    Started High School at LHS
    Starting grade 10 at Langenburg High School I still was unsure of exactly what I wanted to do after high school. I was thinking I wanted an occupation where I would help people. I was pretty sure I was either going to be a nurse or a teacher.
  • Graduation from LHS

    Graduation from LHS
    I graduated on June 11th, 1995. I had decided to move to Red Deer to pursue my Education degree. There was no particular reason I chose Red Deer other than my brother lived here and I could live for free for a year. It was in this program that I met my husband so I guess it was meant to be:)
  • Started at RDC in General Studies

    Started at RDC in General Studies
  • Worked as Nurses Aid in Regina

    Worked as Nurses Aid in Regina
    I took one semester off where I lived with my sister in Regina and worked as a nurse's aide in a nursing home.
  • Returned to RDC in the B.Ed Program

    Returned to RDC in the B.Ed Program
    Have been accepted into the Middle Years program at RDC, I returned to complete my degree. I really enjoyed the hands on approach of this program.
  • Graduated with my B.Ed as a Middle School Specialist

    Graduated with my B.Ed as a Middle School Specialist
    I graduated in May of 2000 and began applying for jobs in and around Red Deer. Jobs were tight in Red Deer that year so I was scared to wait it out in hopes of finding a job. Therefore when I received a job offer in Lloydminster, I jumped at it.
  • Started my first teaching job in Lloydminster, SK

    Started my first teaching job in Lloydminster, SK
    My first teaching job was in Lloydminster at ES Laird Junior High. It was a grade 7 to 9 school. I taught English and Social to grade 8 and 9 students. I also coached basketball. I was offered a permanent contract when I arrived, crazy I know but it was in Saskatchewan and since it was a permanent position I was offered a permanent contract. I only stayed a year, however, as my, then fiance now husband, taught in Red Deer and we felt Red Deer was were we wanted to be.
  • Got a job at Hunting Hills teaching English and Social

    Got a job at Hunting Hills teaching English and Social
    Out of pure luck I landed a job at Hunting Hills the day before school started. I was assigned to teach grade 10 and 11 English and social part-time. By Christmas my timetable was .75 and by June I had signed a full time temporary contract.
  • English Curriculum Leader

    English Curriculum Leader
    One of the biggest challenges I faced while teaching at Hunting was being the English curriculum leader. I was definitely not the most experienced person for the job but I was excited and eager to bring a new spin to this position. This position brought with it the biggest learning curve I have ever faced.
  • Began teaching CTS courses in addition to English

    Began teaching CTS courses in addition to English
    In 2012 one of our photo teachers moved into administration opening a spot to teach photography. I jumped at the chance and have since moved into teaching graphics, video, animation, and digital arts. This is an area I am passionate about and absolutely LOVE teaching.
  • Became the Educational Liaison for the Red Deer Rebels at HHHS

    Became the Educational Liaison for the Red Deer Rebels at HHHS
    One of the highlights of my job is being the educational liaison with the Red Deer Rebels. I look after the boys timetables, marks, tutoring, and ensure they have all the requirements for graduation when they return to their home schools. Unfortunately, they are moving to a new school next semester so this will no longer be part of my job.
  • Registered in City U Master's in Leadership Program

    Registered in City U Master's in Leadership Program
    As I began to reflect on my teaching career and look towards the future I decided it was finally my time to further my education and hopefully pursue a job in administration. While I contemplated whether to take my masters in counselling or leadership, I finally decided on leadership with a counselling focus on mental health initatives.