In 2001, I graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Recreation Administration. After working in the recreation field for a few years, and volunteering at an elementary school, I decided to become a teacher. I completed my Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in 2005 at the University of Calgary and began teaching with the Calgary Board of Education in the fall of 2005.
Since beginning my teaching career, I have taught in the French Immersion program, teaching grades 3 and 4 my first two years and grade 1 for the past four years at Westgate School. This fall (2011), I will continue to teach in the French Immersion program at Elboya School, where I will teach grades 5 and 6 humanities and work with teachers to move their practice forward within the context of the personalization of student learning, as a Learning Leader. I am very excited about this new teaching assignment and feel confident that the MET program has prepared me to fulfill this role.
Looking back and reflecting on my application essay (embedded below) many of my answers still ring true today. However, I believe that the depth of my knowledge around educational technologies has flourished. As a beginning teacher, I understood the value of educational technology and enjoyed using technology in the classroom. Even though I was just brushing the surface, I knew early on that it was my responsibility to best prepare my students for their future in a world where technology dominates. I applied to the MET program in the spring of 2008 and started my studies in the fall of 2008. It is my hope that my ePortfolio represents the learning and growth that I have experienced as a MET student through my reflections contained in this space.
Download .pdf version: Application Essay to the MET program – Camille Maydonik