Teachers - Grade 1
I am so excited to have been brought into Don Campbell School and the Red Deer Public family!
What an amazing school this is!
Born and raised on PEI, I am an import of sorts. However, so is half my family with all my siblings now calling Alberta home. I grew up on a dairy farm, attended 4H, Beavers and Cubs; took violin and step dance at a young age; joined hockey, kicking and screaming, and also played just about every school sport. Later in my single digit childhood I started to excel in hockey and that has been a passion ever since. I played university level soccer and Teir 2 hockey. The passion for sport and having the heart of a teacher has brought me to areas far away from little old PEI and has allowed me to learn from the coaches of the best players in sports today.
I have lived in Korea and Taiwan teaching ESL and sports to local and international students. Over the years in Asia I was part of the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup, IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia, U18 World Championships, multiple new school openings and starting a “Leadership Through Sport” program with hockey as the hook. Sully Sports has facilitated Leadership Camps in Taipei, Fort McMurray, Fort McKay, Grand Prairie, Drayton Valley and is looking to expand to more areas in 2018.
Through a desire to learn more about the cultures within I was living, I began to study their languages and have spoken Korean and Mandarin at intermediate levels. I have also studied French and Spanish and would love to learn an Indigenous language next.
After three years of living in teaching in Fort McMurray and Fort McKay I was given the opportunity to be the Principal at Sunchild First Nation. Our time spent there was challenging, yet very rewarding as challenges help us grow and develop. While with Sunchild we began the implementation of a sensory room for elementary and upper grades; we brought in desk cycles and stand up desk, and spearheaded a leadership program all in the attempt to increase engagement, learning and citizenship.
Since marrying in 2013, Anna and I have driven across Canada 7 times, but have yet to do any international travel together. We are on the adoption path and hope to become parents of a two legged babied in the near future. We have three dogs and in the one year since the wild fires have traveled over 100,000km to finally call Red Deer home. Anna works at Red Deer College and is a youth fitness trainer as well as a passionate dog groomer.
Here is to a great year!