Hello, Bonjour, Bienvenue
My name is MacKenzie MacLeod. I am a recent social sciences graduate from the University of Lethbridge who has returned to do an after degree with the Faculty of Education. This has been a long time coming for me and I could not be more thrilled to finally be at this point in my education. I am not the person who can say they have always wanted to be a teacher, in fact for most of my life I can remember wanting to be a vetrinarian. It was not until I reached highschool and started spending more time with children and youth that I realized this was the path I wanted to pursue.
I am a born and raised Calgarian who loves the mountains and outdoors. I have three siblings; two sisters and a brother all of whom I am very close with. As a child we spent most of our summers camping in British Columbia and hiking. This is when my love for the outdoors began. Simply being out in the environment taught me so much about care and respect.
I also grew up dancing. I did ballet for fourteen years (stopped when I reached
Univertsity). Dance taught me three important qualities which I plan on
integrating into my own teaching: patience, perserverence, and the mind-body
Over the past two years I have been fortunate enough to work as a
respite specialist for special needs children as well as a youth counsellor at a
group home with Woods Homes. Both of these experiences have taught me so much about children and youth. These opportunities have also taught me a lot about myself and I have grown as a person because of them. I believe this is one of the true joys of teaching; you never stop learning. As a teacher you get the
provilege to be in a class with 30 other mini teachers. I am so excited for the
journey I have ahead of me and what the future may hold.