My name is Andrea Hoffman and I am starting my first year of the two year after degree program in Education at the University of Regina. I convocated with my first degree in a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies in 2011 also from the University of Regina. After several years of working, I have realized that becoming a teacher is what I want to do and I am so excited to begin this journey. I love working with children and youth of all ages. I love spending time outdoors, traveling, and reading.
I have had the opportunity to work with children and youth in a number of different ways. When I was younger I taught Sunday school, led church youth groups and was a counsellor at a summer camp for several years. After high school I taught English as an Additional Language (EAL) in China to children from the ages of two-seventeen years old. Emphasis was placed on creating a dynamic and exciting classroom environment where children learned the lesson through playing games and having fun. I also lived in Ghana during my third year of university. I attended classes, participated in community development and field work. I completed my practicum at a local non-governmental organization where I worked with children, schools and community elders to prevent child labour. I was an Au Pair in Ireland, a Residence Coordinator at Luther College High School, a Project Coordinator for a newcomer children’s program and a Youth Worker. Most recently I was working for Saskatoon Open Door Society as a Settlement Support Worker in Schools working with immigrant and refugee students and their families to facilitate their success in schools in Canada. I have been a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters for over a year and absolutely love it. I meet weekly with my little sister and provide one-on-one guidance, support and friendship to her. This has been one of the most enriching volunteer experiences I have ever had.
I have learned much from my travels and my experience. It has made me a better person and I hope it will make me a better teacher. I hope to foster a love for discovery, exploration and fun in my students one day. My varied and diverse experiences has made me more understanding and empathetic and I hope will help to facilitate in relationship building with the students.
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery”. –Mark Van Doren