About Me

My name is Rachel Paterson and I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Education Degree in the Pre-Kindergarten to Grade Five Program. Teaching is my passion and I discovered very early in life there is something magical about learning. My own teachers made me feel special and capable. They inspired me to be the best version of myself. When new material was presented, I always felt like it belonged to me and that I only had to follow the teacher’s lead and the learning would be mine.

I am a lifeguard and swimming instructor. My favourite part of the job is helping children overcome their fear of water. I have coached many students who have been terrified of water on day one of the lessons and by the end they are able to put their entire face in the water and come up smiling and giggling. The look of pride and accomplishment on their face is priceless. Great success begins with small steps.

In my free time I love to fish, go for walks, read, sing, dance, and try out new recipes. I believe in spending quality time with those I love and I strive to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle. I want to be a teacher that not only inspires, but also gets inspiration from my students.

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My Values

Family and Friends

Honesty and Patience

Love and Hope

Ambition, Dedication, Commitment

Perseverance

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My Strengths:

Patient

Respectful

Supportive/ Empathic

Caring

Never Giving Up

Generous

Being Calm

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What I will bring to the Classroom:

I will bring a fun loving attitude that encourages, supports, and guides students of all varying abilities. My classroom will be inclusive and welcoming for all learners where students set and reach personal goals.

I will work hard to build relationships with my students to be someone they can trust.

I wasn’t born to “just teach”. I was born to inspire others, to change people, and to never give up when faced with challenges that seem impossible.”

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“If you worry about making a difference and work towards that everyday then you will be the difference you want to see” -Donna Nikiforuk.

Lessons on kindness and holstic well being are just as important as academic ones.

“If you love what you are doing, you never work a day in your life. Which is why i never have.” -Doreen Lenius

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