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.