Teachers - Teacher-Librarian
Growing up I always told my family and friends, "I'll NEVER end up in Medicine Hat, and I'll NEVER find a husband from Medicine Hat!" Well, I was wrong. On both accounts. I actually met my amazing partner here in Medicine Hat, and he convinced me to settle down here. Oh...and on top of all that, I now work at my old high school! Some might say I haven't 'traveled' very far, but as I look back I realize I'm right where I want to be.
I started out in Art History at the Medicine Hat College, but transferred to the U of A and ended up with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy. After four years of post-secondary, I still didn't know what I wanted to do for a career. I worked for six months at a Montessori Preschool and it was here that I finally realized one of my many passions - teaching. I went back to university in Lethbridge and got my Bachelor of Education (Social Studies/English). My first teaching job was with the Prairie Rose School Division, teaching 16 German Mennonite students from Mexico in Bow Island. This was an incredible experience, but as the lone teacher out there, I craved the company of other teachers. The next year I got a job at CHHS teaching Special Needs students. Several years later, I moved into the English department and taught junior high Humanities. Over the past ten or so years, I've taught English, Social and Art (among other things), at various grade levels.
Three years ago, I was given the opportunity to move into a new role here at CHHS. I feel tremendously lucky to be one of two teacher-librarians at our school. This change in roles has energized me more than I would have ever expected, and sparked a deep passion for learning all I can about the changing role of libraries in schools. In fact, it has reminded me that as an educator I want to always be learning and growing, looking for new and better ways to help STUDENTS learn and grow.
When I'm not hanging out in the library, I love being with my two sweet but crazy kids (Kenna, 8; Turner, 6), and my husband Corey (a teacher and principle in our district). I also enjoy reading (books, blogs, Tweets, whatever, etc), running and Crossfit, the odd golf game, traveling, movies, music, drawing (and all things Art), and cuddling with my pathetically sweet Labradoodle, Hogan.