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About Me
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Hello! My name is Ella and I am a first-year teacher candidate at Lakehead University. I have a passion for the arts - especially the areas of literature and dance. I had the opportunity to work as a dance teacher and I love helping students express themselves through dance and movement. Additionally, my undergraduate degree is in honours English. Through my studies in literature, I have learned a lot about the wonder and magic of the world. Through stories, we learn about ourselves and about being compassionate and empathetic human beings. I feel it is important to foster children's imaginations through the study of literature and the arts in general (this emphasis on imagination spans across all subject areas). I also worked as a tutor in the classroom for the York Region District School Board, where I had the opportunity to assist teachers and students in the classroom setting, mark tests and assignments, tutor individual and groups of students and help administer EQAO. I have always had a passion for working with children and watching them grow to reach their potential. I am incredibly excited to become a teacher! 

Teachin Philosophy
Teaching Philosophy

'It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

My teaching philosophy comes from Antoine de Saint-Exupery's novella The Little Prince, which teaches that what is most important is invisible to the eye.  As a future educator, I plan to implement the teachings of The Little Prince into my classroom everyday - whether this be through mindful moments, sharing circles, class discussion, the curriculum, or one-on-one check-ins with my students. My goal is to create a classroom environment in which each student's voice is valued, their creativity is fostered and where we respect each other and our environment.  Each child has their own special gifts and needs, so as educators, we must teach the whole human being; the intellectual, the spiritual, the emotional and the physical.

When thinking about the type of teacher I aspire to be, I always reflect on the practices of all of the teachers who have inspired me throughout the years. I remember my grade one teacher allowing me to tell the class about my new baby sister, I remember my grade eight teacher allowing me to show the class a video of my dance recital and I remember my grade twelve English teacher telling me to pursue a degree in the humanities. When reflecting on my experience as a student, I may not remember much about what my teachers said but what I do remember is how they made me feel.These teachers all made me feel special, appreciated and important. They taught me to follow my passions and to always believe in myself.  Through kindness and empathy, teachers can build confident and self-assured students who know they are valued and respected in the classroom.

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