Born and raised in Rossland, I decided to join the WKTEP program and pursue my education degree in a local environment. Shortly after my long practicum, I started applying for jobs in my local district (SD20-Kootenay Columbia). I did my practicum in a grade 6/7 class and learned many hands-on and practical skills that I use today. Applying for every possible job, I was able to land a music position at two elementary schools the following year, while still TOC one day a week. Feeling very fortunate, I spent many hours learning new instruments and refreshing my musical skills. When I found out I had the music job, I quickly went and purchased a guitar and I haven't put it down. The last job I thought I would land would be a music position. It really pushed me to learn the instrument and I have a newfound passion outside of school.
Currently, I am teaching a grade 6/7 split and music in SD20. WKTEP was very important in many aspects. They prepare you so well for your practicum and classroom work after you graduate. Having the privilege to TOC and have contracts has allowed me to meet numerous teachers, learn and grow within the district.
My two passionate practicum teachers instilled something in me that I will never forget. They described this profession as going to “school,” and not a job. I wouldn't want to do anything else!