Teacher, Junior School Grade 5
Degree:BEd (University of Victoria)
Students must be actively involved in a challenging, stimulating and nuturing learning environment.
Pam began her teaching career in the public school system in some of the further reaches of the Vancouver Island area. With a couple of years each on Mayne and Saltspring Islands, Pam developed her skills in multi-grade classrooms and instructed students with a wide variety of academic needs. From there, Pam became immersed in the Independent school system and was a member of staff at St. Michaels University School, Collingwood, Glenlyon-Norfolk, and Elizabeth Buckley schools before returning to SMUS seven years ago. Pam believes wholeheartedly in the differentiated classroom.
“If the instruction is stimulating and challenging, the students will flourish,” Pam says. “I believe in multiple intelligences and that classroom activities should include kinesthetic, artistic, visual and aural aspects.”
The recipient of several academic awards in University, one of the highlights of her career thus far is being the principal of a small school and teaching in multi-grade situations.
“I love to interact with children and to help them to become life-long learners,” she says. “When children demonstrate a desire to do their best and to extend their own learning, it is very rewarding and exciting for me.”
When Pam isn’t in the classroom you might find her walking, reading, cooking, on the road looking for adventure abroad, or spending time with her family.