Welcome to my Blog and E-portfolio!
My name is Amanda Younger and I’m a second year teacher in the Langley School District in beautiful British Columbia. I am currently teaching at a middle school with unique focus and philosophy. The site is an expansion on the blog I began two years ago to document my year in the Teacher Education Program at UBC. I am planning to continue using my blog as a place to document my learning and engage with other teachers.
I’m finding still it hard to believe that I am no longer formally a student, after 6 years of post secondary education! I spent the 5 years at Kwantlen Polytechnic University studying geography and taking the prerequisite courses for teacher training. At KPU took courses in not only geography and education, I’ve also studied a variety of subjects including, math and calculus, biology, chemistry, history, psychology, programming, English and Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts (IDEA). I really hope that the variety of courses I’ve taken will help me understand all of the material I’ll get to teach as an elementary school teacher. I also spent a year in the personalized learning and technology cohort the Bachelor of education program at UBC. This year I am getting to share my love of math and science as a grade 6 math science teacher in a middle school.
I’m lucky that I’ve had the opportunity to spend lots of time with elementary and middle school age kids. I spent 7 years teaching ballet for Surrey Parks and Recreation, this was my first experience working with children and helped me to figure out that not only do I enjoy working with children I might actually be good at it. I also taught dance in a private studio working first with competitive dancers before beginning a program for students with special needs, my Special Stars program has taught me a lot about not just teaching but also about living. My students have taught me about true joy, and never giving up. I looked forward to seeing my students every week, they run in excited to dance and to see me. Performing with my Special Stars at the 2014 year end recital was magical! I have never ever seen an audience that was more enthusiastic and had never heard that loud of cheers for a group of students.
Besides teaching dance, I have spent almost every summer since the age of 15 leading day camps either with the city of Surrey, or a couple of private daycare centres. I have worked with children from many walks of life in this role and love what I do in camp programs. As well I have spent several years doing before and after school care during the school year. It was a group of children I worked with one summer in Vancouver that helped me decide that teaching was for me, those children and the staff team I worked with that summer truly changed my life!
Besides working with children I have also done some research in the field of geography and presented 3 times at the WDCAG conference. My research has been focused on either helping children or the local community. One project focused on mapping the donors for SOS Children’s Village BC, while the other project focused on mapping local food with in 200 km of my home. Doing that project I learned that many of my favourite foods were local foods.
My hobbies include dance (ballet, highland, jazz, lyrical and musical theatre), skiing, hiking and kayaking as well as most water sports. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family, as well as a good book and a cup of tea. I’m defiantly happiest when I’m busy and thrive off adventures of any size! I’ve never outgrown my love of children’s books which will help me in my newest adventure in becoming an elementary and middle school teacher.