working in finance in 2003 when I decided to take an evening
introductory French course at Memorial during the winter semester.
I’d been feeling rather uninspired and wanted to do something
that really interested me, and when I thought back to high school
days, I remembered enjoying my experiences in French class; so
that’s what I decided to do, not knowing where it would lead.
By the end of the summer, I’d completed a second introductory
course, resigned my position, and enrolled full-time at Memorial. I
headed straight into the fall semester at the Francoforum in
Saint-Pierre – and though I never looked back, I still
wasn’t quite certain where this voyage would lead me.
Because I’d transferred my college credits to Memorial, I
was able to complete my B.A. with a major in French and a minor in
Business just a year and a half later and though I did not yet have
any designs on becoming a teacher, I was thrilled to join an
inspiring teacher at St. Teresa’s Elementary School for a
six-month position as a French Immersion teacher’s aide. I
felt at home in the classroom, working toward becoming a teacher,
all the while learning so much each day from my teacher mentor as
well as our small charges. Needless to say, by the time June rolled
around, I had applied to and been accepted into the Bachelor of
Education Intermediate/Secondary programme at Memorial - my
destination was becoming much more evident.
From September 2005 through the summer of 2006, I worked alongside unforgettable classmates to complete the requirements of the B.ED programme and was most fortunate to complete the programme in August of that year with a permanent full-time position with the Eastern School District as a Core French teacher at Bishop White School in Port Rexton. I spent two years working with and learning from a community of students, staff and parents whom I shall never forget.
In 2008 I transferred to Frank Roberts Junior High School in
Foxtrap in an effort to be closer to family and friends at home in
St. John’s. At Frank Roberts I have had the remarkable
opportunity to teach in the Immersion programme once again, and I
have been so fortunate to work in cooperation with and under the
guidance of a remarkable group of teachers. As I complete my
Master’s of Education degree this summer, I look forward to
infusing my work at Frank Roberts next year with any number of
useful tools I’ve taken from my academic study as I continue
to learn from the ever-changing, never predictable day-to-day how
to do best by my students. Student as teacher, teacher as student:
The journey continues.