Tracey first experienced language teaching during an international exchange program called Canada World Youth (CWY) after high school. While living in a small rural village, she was paired with an Indonesian counterpart who was eager to learn and practice her English and also taught English to some of the village children. Upon moving to Winnipeg, she continued to teach English on a casual/ volunteer basis through the Immigrant Centre of Winnipeg. After a few years of working in the field of therapeutic recreation, she had a chance to travel to Japan with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program, where she taught English for three years. Afterwards, she completed her TESOL certification at Providence College in Oterburne, Manitoba. Having taught in the field for abotu 5 years, Tracey accepted her current position as an Assistant Instructor in a pilot project called the Mom & Baby Class at the Manitoba Institute for Trades and Technology.
What is important to you as a teacher?
“The most important thing to me as a teacher is to always be learning. As much as we aim to become ‘experts’ in our field, I believe it is important to always have the mind of a student as well.”
What are your goals as a teacher?
“As a teacher, my goal is always to grow-to stretch myself to a new understanding of how to be a better teacher.”
What is frustrating for you as a teacher?
“That there is seldom enough time to do all of the things I would like to do with students. Even the most organized and professional teachers seem to run into this frustration!”
Who has been a mentor for you as a teacher and why?
“I believe that with the right attitude, teachers are always mentoring each other, and I consider all of my colleagues mentors in one capacity or another. For the past while, I have worked alongside other teachers in the assistant role. This situation is unique and not for everyone, but I have gained a tremendous amount of respect for these teaching partners. I have learned a great deal from seeing how they manage the class, plan lessons, plan and deliver assessments, resolve conflict, and collaborate on ideas.”