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January 25, 2013

This is me.

My logo...I love this image!

After lots of encouragement from friends, family, colleagues (both online and off), I am joining the teacher blogging world! As I sit and type these words, my heart is pounding.  Although I am excited to be starting this adventure, I am also very nervous and, I admit, a tad overwhelmed.  I have learned so much about blogging and Teacher Pay Teachers  since September, but I still have so much to learn about!  There's no better time than now, so here I am!

Even at 5 years old, I knew that I was meant to be a teacher!

I am an Ontario Certified Teacher.  The story of how I got to where I am now is somewhat long, so I won't bore you with the details.  Just know that I've wanted to be a teacher since I started school at the age of 5 years old, but it took me a while to get there because I took a few detours.

I started working in the education field in 2004, as an Official Language Monitor, in Alberta.  I basically worked in French Immersion schools to promote the French language through games and activities with groups of kids.  I loved my job and it only made me want to teach even more.

I then worked as an Educational Assistant, in Grades 3 and 4.  I left that job to have my second child, and shortly after he was born, my husband and I decided to move back to Ontario.  Once we bought our house, I started looking for work.  I became an occasional Educational Assistant and an Unqualified Occasional Teacher.  I was working almost every day, and again, it made me want to become a teacher even more.

I went back to school to complete my Bachelor of Education.  I remember sitting in my first class and tears were rolling down my cheeks as I listened to the teacher tell us about some of her experiences.  I was so excited to FINALLY be working towards my dream career!  It was very difficult to juggle the intense work load with family, a house and work, but we all got through it.  I became a qualified teacher in 2009.

Since 2009, I have been working as an occasional teacher with two school boards in my area.  Getting on the supply lists and being recognized as a qualified teacher proved to be more difficult than I had anticipated, and I often feel like quitting and moving on to something more stable, but the truth is that I can't imagine doing anything other than teacher.  It is what drives me, it is what I was born to do.

Every August, I apply for a permanent position within the two boards I already work with.  I send hundreds of resumes and applications a year with all the school boards in my area.  I apply for everything and anything that comes up, but I have yet to secure a permanent position.  I was lucky enough to have a long term contract last year, in a split grade 3 and 4, and I absolutely loved every minute of it (even the planning and marking!).  I learned tremendously from all of my colleagues and from the kids in my very first class, as well as the other students in the school.  I am now anxiously waiting for another position to open up and hope that I can be in my own classroom again soon.


  1. Welcome to the world of teacher-blogging! I'm so excited that you've joined us! :-)

    Mme Aiello @ Teaching FSL

  2. Hi Renee,
    I too knew at a young age I wanted to teach. In fact, my mom tells a story about the time I was "kicked out" of the nursery at the bowling alley because I was hitting any of the kids who wouldn't sit in chairs and play school with me. (Of course, I've learned better ways of getting kids to do what I want - LOL). I hope you get your own classroom soon. Anyone with the dedication to teaching that you have deserves it.
    Adventures In Teaching

  3. Hi Amy!
    Playing school was my favourite game as a kid too, and I was ALWAYS the teacher! My parents had bought us two small school desks and a blackboard for the basement too! My only problem was convincing my friends to be the students...
    Thanks for your encouragement!



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