My journey as an educator began at Assiniboine Park Zoo, presenting general public and school group programming for the education department. I continued my passion for wildlife education as an education manager at Kansas City Zoo, where I was responsible for all on-site programming. My zoology career lasted for almost 20 years before arriving at Balmoral Hall School in 2003, where I spent the next five years teaching Grade 4.
I then moved to Middle School, where I taught grades 6 to 8 science, as well as Grade 10 digital photography. With the completion of our new Centre for Arts & Design, I have recently moved into the exciting role of Design & STEAM Coach, supporting Junior School faculty in their science programming and design thinking initiatives.
In 2012, in addition to my time spent as a classroom teacher, I helped initiate what has become an annual Grade 9 experiential learning opportunity to study the polar bears in Churchill, Man. This trip, filled with unique northern experiences, deepens students' understanding of this fragile environment and appreciation for how people survive in such a harsh climate. My knowledge of photography and science has also allowed our students to become involved in whisker printing and body conditioning research programs, which use photographs to track and analyze the health of polar bears.
I look forward to all the exciting opportunities that my new role will bring as I continue working with the incredible staff and students at Balmoral Hall School. No matter what I teach, watching students explore and solve problems that they never thought possible is why I became, and continue to be, a teacher.