A Little About Me…
My name is Vicki and I have been teaching in beautiful Victoria, BC since graduating from UVic in 2004. I had a short stint as a teacher on call, working mostly in one of my favourite elementary schools in Victoria. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to develop a little reading intervention program for grade 1 students during this time, which we named the Changes Program. Not only was this one of the most rewarding experiences of my career, it was also the catalyst for my passion to teach and bring a love of reading to all my students. The following year I became a part time grade 1/2 teacher in a dream job with my long time mentor and a part time Learning Assistance teacher in the same school. While I loved working with primary students, I knew my heart belonged to middle school and was thrilled to gain my own class the following year as a grade 7 teacher at Lansdowne Middle School and I have been there ever since!
While at Lansdowne I have met some of my best friends and am continually thankful for getting to work with such passionate educators. I’ve been involved in a number of action research groups in the areas of reading, writing, numeracy and technology. I’ve also enjoyed being our literacy and numeracy mentor over the past 4 years (just numeracy for 3 yrs and both lit & num now). A self-proclaimed “teacher nerd”, I am continually reading, thinking, talking, and sharing all things teaching and learning, but my key areas of interest are creating inclusive learning environments, literacy instruction including literature and digital literacy and teacher mentorship & collaboration.
While passionate about teaching, my heart fully lies with my family. I’m the lucky mom of 3 children, 2 dogs and partner with my best friend. Together we love to play (Lego usually!), cook, go for walks, read and LAUGH!
What’s this blog all about?
In July 2013 I began my Masters degree in Language and 21st Century Literacy at UVic. As part of our classes we have been asked to critique, reflect, report and even delve into creative writing through blogging. What you see is a combination of me in academic mode sprinkled with general reflections on my life as a teacher.
Thanks for reading!