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Volunteer Referee Training Committee Member
Calgary Minor Basketball Association, September 2007 – Present
As a member of the Referee Committee, we each also serve as a member on a sub-committee. My passion for education drove me to become a member of our Training Committee. Since joining I have helped to evolve our Rookie Training Course. This has been done by making our PowerPoint more effective, through the use of Smart Boards as well as making a more interactive experience for our new referees. This committee was my segue into my becoming Coordinator for the Jessica Thiedemann Memorial Tournament.

Rookie Referee Course Instructor
Calgary Minor Basketball Association, September 2008 – Present
Since 2008, I have been one of the lead instructors for our rookie referee courses. This experience is what really ignited my desire to be a teacher. Over the years I have used this experience as a real learning strategy for me about what successful and unsuccessful teaching really looks like. Since being in my PSI at the University of Lethbridge I have taken a lot that I have learned from my courses and integrated them into my course. This has been a great way for me to gain some teaching experience but to also pilot the teaching strategies I am learning to see what works and what does not work for me before I get in front of my practicum class.

Basketball Referee
Calgary Minor Basketball Association, September 2002 – Present & Southern Alberta Basketball Officials Association, November 2012 – Present
My experience over the past ten years as a referee has demonstrated my loyalty to a job once I become involved. I am a member of the Calgary Basketball Officials Committee, while also serving on the Training Committee. I have demonstrated quick decision making skills while on the basketball court. I have also proven my ability to stay level headed and calm in high stress situations and diffuse confrontations when necessary. My ability to react calmly and make quick decisive decisions in high stress situations will certainly prove to be an asset as a teacher.

Volunteer Coordinator of Jessica Thiedemann Memorial Tournament
Calgary Minor Basketball Association, September 2009 – December 2014
This Tournament is in memory of a referee who was lost to cancer in 2007. The purpose of the tournament is to develop all of Calgary Minor Basketball Officials in a hands on training experience. As Coordinator I was required to organize volunteers as well as over 100 youth basketball players and over 30 teams. This gave me the ability to improve my organizational skills as well as maintain a calm and collective demeanour in an extremely fast paced environment. This also gave me experience coordinating a volunteer group, giving me valuable experience to bring into extra-curricular activities and clubs at my future school. I also was able to see how a learner benefits from complimenting classroom instruction with kinesthetic activities, such as the physical act of reffing a game with the aide of a mentor.

Session Facilitator: “Twitter: Becoming a ‘Twerp’ has it’s Advantages”
RedCamp13, May 11, 2013
I was able to facilitate this session with fellow pre-service teacher, Kirby Fecho. As pre-service teachers we both see the benefits to Twitter and using it in the classroom to promote learning, however, we wanted more. We’ve seen university professors (Kurtis Hewson) make effective use of Twitter in our classes and even dabbled in it’s use ourselves, but we’ve only scarped the surface of possibilities; we wanted to take an hour and share our stories and hear the stories of others. It was a great room of diverse learners, some who have been active on Twitter for years, others who were there to figure out exactly what Twitter was and how it could be used. Throughout the session great ideas were presented and questions posed allowing each of us, regardless of our experience level with Twitter, to take something from the session. It was a great experience and I am grateful to the organizers of RedCamp13 for allowing my good friend and I to rise to this challenge as pre-service teachers.

Session Facilitator: “Beginning Your Teaching Career in an Age of Transformation”
EdCampYYC, April 19, 2013
In this session, several pre-service teachers and an employee with the Calgary Board of Education came together to discuss their experiences as pre-service teachers. We discussed ways to effectively receive and use information we are given in our evaluations as both student teachers and when working as teachers towards a continuous contract. With respect to evaluation, we came to the conclusion that it is best to be open-minded and thoughtfully consider the feedback that is being given so that we can effectively determine how this can fit our teaching style and our lessons to make us better educators. We then went on to discuss how the theory we are learning in class can be translated into the classroom. Most importantly how we can continue to teach authentically even when the going gets tough. One of the first year teachers said she has found it challenging with making the transition from student teacher to teacher to continue to remember that authentic learning should be our focus regardless of other demands. From the discussion, I think it’s important for new teachers to remember to continually engage in conversations with colleagues as we are all there to collaborate with one another for the betterment of our students.

Volunteer Business Manger
Education Undergraduate Society, January 2013 – April 2013
As the Business Manager, I am the chief financial officer of the Education Undergraduate Society (EUS). Through my role, I advise and report on matters pertaining to the financial status of the EUS. In addition, I maintain financial records of both the general and tutoring accounts and provide semester budgets.

Volunteer at the Science Olympics
Sci-Fusion Regional Science Olympics, University of Lethbridge, April 12 & 13, 2013
This day was dedicated to students and their passion for science. My roles included preparing and running 5 stations of grade 4-6 students, clearly explaining the challenges rules and regulations and supporting the contestants before, during and after. Please view my reference letter and certificate here.

Self Employed, February 2008 – June 2012
I have had experience working with an extremely diverse set of students. I have demonstrated proficiency in Math 10C and all 20 levels, as well as Science 10-30 and Chemistry 20 & 30.

Special Education Assistant, Saint Mary's High SchoolSpecial Education Assistant
Saint Mary’s High School, Calgary, AB, February 2012 – June 2012
After graduating with my B.Sc I began working at Saint Mary’s High School in Calgary, AB. This experience provided me with valuable experience with the recent push for inclusion. The diverse learners provide a great dynamic to a classroom. I believe that inclusion is extremely important to all of our students success. I look forward to working closely with diverse learners in my classroom, in the future.

Spring Day Camp Leader
Trico Centre, Calgary, AB, April 2012
During this week I developed an deeper appreciation for working with children. As my end goal is to work with high school students, this was certainly an important experience for me to work with 5 to 12 year old boys and girls. I was also able to recognize that there are strategies that are good regardless of the age group you are working with.

Volunteer High School JV Boys Basketball Coach
Lord Beaverbrook High School, Calgary, AB, November 2007 – March 2008
Upon graduating from Lord Beaverbrook High School, I went back the following year as a volunteer coach for the Junior Boys basketball team along with, Bruce Elzinga (PHED) and Donna MacIntosh (Math). It was a pleasure to work side by side two educators from different disciplines. I was able to gain great insight into how to maintain professionalism as a teacher, while also coaching a school team. I am extremely excited to be involved with the basketball program at my future school.

Casa de Paz Orphanage

Volunteer Baja Dream Team Member 
La Porvenir, MX, August 2008 thru 2010
My experience with the Baja Dream Team was unforgettable. I traveled down three separate summers between 2008 and 2010 with fifteen to twenty five other post secondary students lead by Psychology Professor Wade Lorentzon at Mount Royal University. We provided emotional and physical aide to Casa de Paz Orphanage in the town of El Porvenir, Mexico. This experience really demonstrated how important it is as educators to provide a solid support network to our students. The intended curriculum is of course important, but we must not lose sight of the hidden curriculum; often these are the the lessons that our students carry forth with them into their day to day lives.

Volunteer Meal Server
Drop Inn Centre, Calgary, AB, July 2010
The dream team visited the Drop Inn prior to departing for Casa de Paz to provide to Calgary’s own in need. This was a great experience to get involved with our own community and Pay it Forward. Again, these people were so appreciative of our coming to help them. They were most appreciative of our taking the time to have a simple discussion, in a non-judgemental setting.

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