Jo Chrona di waayu. Kitsumkalum di wil’waatgu. Ganhada di pdeegu.
Well, if you are reading this blog, you may want to know a little bit about who composed it. I am an educator with over 20 years experiences teaching in both the K-12 and post-secondary systems in British Columbia, working as a Policy Analyst, an Advisor to the BC Ministry of Education, and serving as a Faculty Associate in a BC Teacher Education Program. I have a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters of Educational Technology, a Diploma of Education in Guidance Studies, and my Professional Certification to teach in BC. I am Ganhada (Raven) of Waap (House) K’oom of the Kitsumkalum First Nation, a Ts’msyen community in BC.
In addition to teaching, I have also been involved in the areas of curriculum and resource development and writing, professional learning through inquiry networks, literacy development, and Indigenous education. Recently, I was fortunate enough to be involved in various aspects of transformation in the BC education system.
While I was a classroom teacher, I was able to be a member of the English First Peoples 12 advisory committee, curriculum development team, and resource writing team, as it was this course that was the catalyst for the articulation of the First Peoples’ Principles of Learning.
I continue to be passionate about supporting systemic change in the K-12 education system to help create a truly inclusive, strength-based education experience for all learners, and I am grateful for the opportunities that have come my way to help do this work. If I have had success in my professional life, it has been because I have had (and continue to have) the immense privilege of meeting and learning from amazing educators and mentors who teach through the example of who they are.
One of the things that I have learned along the way is that I am always a learner first; if I ever come to that place where I think I know everything I need to know to do the work I do, then I need to find a new career.
In the meantime, I will continue to wish I had more time to bake and travel the world.