Angela Ward is the new grades four to six teacher at Rimbey Christian School. Photo submitted

Rimbey Christian School welcomes new teacher

New faces at Rimbey Christian School

Ever since the job offer in July, I have felt nothing but welcomed at Rimbey Christian School. I am very excited to be teaching grades 4 – 6 this year

My first teaching position was in Terrace, BC at a small multi-grade school. I taught grades four to eight with eight students in my class. There were two students in each grade. I stayed in Terrace for 10 years, teaching grades two to seven as the only teacher (and a volunteer music teacher on Fridays) and also grades kindergarten to grade four.

Over the 10 years I learned to love multi-grade schools and taught everything from kindergarten to grade eight.

My fondest memories and greatest challenges were in that little logging community.

I then moved to Vernon, B.C. where I taught a split classroom of grades three and four the first year, and then grades seven to ten for the next four years. During that time, I was a vice-principal for four years and an interim teaching principal my last year there.

The prairies were calling me and in 2002 my family moved back to Lacombe, where I taught at the Adventist kindergarten to grade nine school. I was the grade seven homeroom teacher for six years, teaching Bible, language arts, health, and some social studies. During this time, I had four student teachers that I also enjoyed supervising.

My last school was the boarding academy in Lacombe. Here, I was hired to teach socials studies ten and eleven and religious studies for all grades. For one year I taught social and Bible, and the last nine years i served as the principal. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back in the classroom. My passion and heart are teaching.

My current empty nest is in Lacombe. I have two cats –Smudge and Pumpkin. They are both rescues and keep me in line. My son, Tyler, and daughter-in-law, Kaitlin, also live in Lacombe. The two of them have made me a very proud grandma this summer. My grandson is almost three months old, and I can’t seem to see him enough. J My brother lives in Guam, Micronesia as a missionary. He has been there since 1990. I have a sister-in-law and two amazing nieces that I get to see almost every year when we holiday together or they come to Alberta for Christmas.

I am grateful for the generosity and kindness everyone has shown me since my arrival. I am blessed by the spirit of community and the positivity of this amazing gem, Rimbey Christian School.

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