Christian Loro

Teaching in the Coquitlam School District and coaching basketball in Vancouver and Burnaby with Night Hoops Middle Years (2011)

Christian LoroI graduated from the UBC Education program in 2011 and was in the Middle Years cohort. There were 25 of us but I believe we were the closest of all the cohorts in the program that year. I actually didn’t know that middle schools existed in BC until I came into the program. For my practicum, I was placed at Moody Middle School in Port Moody and I honestly had an awesome time. My school advisor and the team there provided me with the support I need to be successful during my 12 weeks and gave me an awesome experience teaching at a middle school. Before the program started I believed that I would be best suited teaching Grade 8 or 9 in a secondary school setting but after going through the practicum, I completely changed my mind on where I see myself teaching.

Upon graduating from the program, I was hired as a teacher-on-call at the Coquitlam School District, Surrey Christian School and Carver Christian High School in Burnaby. The experiences of being a teacher-on-call allowed me to meet other teachers and network with them and see what other teachers are doing in their classrooms. The one thing that I learned in the education program that I would take with me throughout my career is to collaborate ideas. The saying, “Don’t reinvent the wheel” was the one thing that I kept hearing and I will never forget.

In between being a teacher-on-call, I was able to do my other passion, which is coaching. This past year I coached boys’ basketball at Carver Christian High School and coached with an organization called Night Hoops, which provides weekend evening basketball to inner city youth in Vancouver and Burnaby. I was able to coach the senior boys team in the Burnaby–Edmonds area where the majority of the kids are from families who were African refugees. I love coaching in this area because the kids are great to work with. They are passionate about the game and they are passionate about their community. Using a game I love, and using it as a tool to teach valuable life skills that can be transferred in the classroom, is why I love working with kids and what drew me to becoming a teacher.