Mentorship Helping Teacher
Surrey School District #36
Canada: British Columbia Hub | NORTH AMERICA
Canada’s vast land mass is bordered my three different oceans and Kim has had the privilege to live in all three geographic regions. Kim’s practice has developed over the last 35 years through a diverse set of opportunities beginning in her home province in a small rural community in New Brunswick on the East Coast of Canada. Then, Kim’s interest in continued growth propelled her to the edge of the Arctic Ocean in the Northwest Territories where she taught for 2 years in a hamlet in the western Arctic. Her experiences and learning in an Inuvialuit community inspired her move to British Columbia where she completed her MEd at the University of British Columbia (1996).
Now, firmly planted in BC for the last 29 years, she has taught in various elementary schools in Vancouver and Surrey, was a Faculty Associate at Simon Fraser University, and is currently a Mentorship Helping Teacher with Surrey Schools.
She recognizes her privilege as a settler on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples and remains committed to learning from Indigenous people to better understand her story as a settler on these territories. Guided by Indigenous pedagogies, culturally responsive practices, social and emotional learning theories, and systems awareness, Kim can activate her agency, lead with compassion, and cultivate curiosity to foster reciprocal, equitable learning relationships for the growth and development for all within our school communities. The Master Practitioner Program will provide further opportunity for a deepening of the key drivers of her practice.