Pencils and paper were the only ‘technology’ that Becky was confident with when she began her career with the Avon Maitland school board in 2006. Old habits die hard, and she still does not own a television. This aside, she has thoroughly embraced the challenge of turning her physical classroom into a place where digital natives can thrive, and has enjoyed every minute. Becky began this blog to satisfy her own curiousity about blogging, to share, and to model for both students and educators how to learn from the successes and failures experienced in online communication. Everyone who meets Becky remembers her laugh, and Becky remembers just about everybody.
Q & A with Becky:
1. Where are you from?
I grew up on a dairy farm in Howick Township, just outside of Fordwich. My parents still live there, and my dad has lived in the same house for his whole life! I live just a few blocks from Eastdale, so close that you will see me walking to work every day.
2. How did you start your job?
I started my job by working as a supply teacher while I finished teacher’s college. At that time I taught for both the Huron-Perth Catholic and Avon-Maitland Public School Boards, and I dreamed of teaching at the intermediate level. I have worked in French, English, elementary and highschool settings, and I have taught in Grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and Kindergarten classrooms. That sounds impressive when I write it out! When I’d tried every position I could get myself into at every school that would have me, I chose my favorite grades and my favorite school: Primary grades at Eastdale. I first taught at Eastdale as a music and gym teacher in 2008.
3. How long did it take you to get where you are?
It is my 32nd year of school, and my 13th year of teaching.
4. Is this where you expected to be when you started working?
No. I originally wanted to be an environmental auditor, and I got an Honors degree in Environmental Studies before I got my degree in Education. I also went on to get Specialist Qualifications in Special Education and in Primary Education.
5. What did you look like in second grade?