Calgary Flames Teacher Highlight and Most Valuable Teacher Nominee!
Marshall Springs School- Calgary Board of Education
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I have enjoyed working with youth in both academics and athletics from a young age. I had the opportunity to be a Teacher’s Aid when I was playing Junior hockey and it developed my passion to be in the classroom and support children at school and in the community.
What has been your most memorable moment as a teacher?
Honestly, there are quite a few but I really enjoyed bringing students to the Saddledome through the Everfi program. The opportunity for the kids was spectacular and it was great to see the enthusiasm and enjoyment that they experienced through out the day.
What is your favorite part of Future Goals and how are you using it in your classroom?
The program is extremely interactive and is cross-curricular. It engages students to think about Math and Science in a different manner that they normally do. The approach to learning the concepts allows students to see the application of the knowledge into real life situations and occupations! Using the Everfi technology and partnering with the NHL and Calgary Flames has provided a unique opportunity for students that are in my Technology classes.
What was your student’s reaction to the program?
Students are engaged and excited to achieve within the Everfi Future Goals courses. They see the application of core subject materials and are excited to acquire new “trophies” as they complete sections within the program. I believe it also allows students who are not as familiar with the game of hockey to develop a better understanding of the game itself. The fact that students develop their guided discovery skill sets through the software is also beneficial for increased independence with respect to their learning. All of the Everfi courses have proven to be a hit at Marshall Springs.
Who is your favorite player?
The NHL is filled with amazing hockey players that is for sure. One that definitely stands out here in Calgary is Mark Giordano. He is a true leader. His journey to the NHL was not an easy one as an undrafted player, but he persevered and is one of the best defencemen in the game today. Hence the 2019 Norris Trophy.