Hello to all of our followers out there! Happy new school year!
If you are one of our dedicated past readers, thanks for sticking around—we appreciate it! If you are a brand new reader, welcome! Thanks for joining us!
For those of you who don’t recognize my name as a regular Rookie contributor, I thought I would take some time to reintroduce myself and let you know what we have in store for The Rookie Teacher during the 2016-17 school year.
My name is Allison Dyjach, and I completed my Bachelor of Education in the Primary-Junior division at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 2015. I currently work as an Occasional Teacher in Southwestern Ontario. Throughout university, I worked at summer camps, daycares, as a residence don, and spent 3 years working with my university’s English Language Program for international students, but after a placement in an elementary school in my third year of undergrad, I ultimately found myself drawn to the classroom. After connecting with Natasha and Andrew (the creators of The Rookie Teacher) during my BEd year, I started writing for TRT and loved getting to share some tips and resources from my courses as well as my practicum placements.
So, I graduated in April 2015…it’s now September 2016…you may be wondering what happened in between and why my blog posts were a little…non-existent. To fill the gap between my graduation and finding work with a school board, I worked full time as a nanny. I had an amazing year with a really loving and wonderful family, but I often felt that any advice I had belonged on a parenting blog, as opposed to a teaching blog. My days were filled with searching for kid-friendly muffin recipes, sidewalk chalk masterpieces, teaching the kids how to ride their bikes, and getting educated about Shopkins and Paw Patrol.
But, after landing a spot on a supply list half way through my nanny career, I started supply-teaching part time at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. This year I am working full time as an occasional teacher, and feel ready to put my voice back into the teaching world. Life as an occasional teacher is always interesting, so I look forward to sharing my experiences with you throughout the year. Through my time both in the classroom and out, I now find myself most passionate about special education, integrating music and arts into everything I do, and educating about Aboriginal history and rights.
You may also be wondering, “what happened to Natasha and Andrew?! We like them!” Don’t fret—I like them too. Natasha and Andrew spent countless hours over the past couple of years turning The Rookie Teacher into the incredible community that it is today, and for that I am truly grateful. They will still chime in on our various TRT social media pages (they both keep our Pinterest page full of amazing ideas), however, this is a year for some new Rookie voices to emerge, including my own. There are always new ideas to share, new questions to be asked, and new connections to make.
One last thing, and this is where I need YOUR help! I want your voices to be heard; what do YOU want to see from The Rookie Teacher this year? More resources? Stories and advice? DIY classroom supplies tutorials (I am a sucker for anything crafty)? Do you want to write for us? Share your thoughts in the comments below and I will try my best to make it happen!
To close for now, I want to wish everyone an excellent school year. To those of you completing your BEd, supply teaching, teaching in your own classroom, or still waiting for that first interview; you all have a voice in the teaching world, and I wish you the best of luck. New year, new possibilities.
You’ll be hearing from me soon.
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