This issue of illuminate looks at issues around mental health and wellness, for students, teachers and school communities. We asked some of our alumni why it’s important for educators to practice self-care and to share some of their favourite ways to de-stress.
In this edition of Class Notes, Sarah Tiamiyu (BEd ‘02) tells how her education degree and a graduation gift of luggage started her on a teaching adventure that took her to some unexpected places.
What do Alaska, Vatican City, Montego Bay, and Washington D.C. all have in common? If your answer is opportunities to travel the world with a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alberta then you guessed right!
To mark the 75th anniversary of the UAlberta Faculty of Education, we asked alumni to share memorable moments from their student experience. Responses ranged from stories about professors who helped inspire students on their education journey to student-teaching gaffes that were lessons in and of themselves; from snapshots of social etiquette half a century ago to historic moments that were felt for generations. Thanks to all the alumni who shared their memories!
This issue of illuminate echoes the theme of the Faculty of Education’s 75th anniversary by focusing on engagement. We asked some of our alumni to reflect on how teacher education at UAlberta prepared them to engage with communities both inside and outside the classroom, and why it’s important for educators to find inventive ways to connect with the public.
This issue of illuminate is devoted to the theme of literacy—after celebrating READ IN Week with partners across the city in early October, we wanted to keep the conversation going and ask our faculty members, instructors and illustrious alumni to reflect on the role literacy plays in their teaching, their research and their everyday lives.
The Faculty of Education will celebrate its 75th anniversary next year, and we're in the mood to pay tribute to our past and present, while looking forward to the future.
For this issue’s Class Notes, we wanted to capture some of our alumni’s memories from their time in the Faculty of Education. We asked for anecdotes about campus life and reflections on favourite professors who may have influenced their career path.
Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.
Many Faculty of Education graduates come from families with generations of teachers. For this issue’s Class Notes, we asked: “Would you say that education is in your DNA?”
Here are some of our alumni’s stories:
Marion Kasha, BEd ‘58, sent us a note looking back at her career from her early days as a teacher in the 1950s to the present. She writes, “My training as a teacher and my many experiences while teaching gave me the basis for appreciating my life over the last 81 years.” Marion recalls teaching eight grades of students in a rural Alberta school in the early ‘50s, where “[t]here was no running water, no duplicating machines, not even a phone in the school.
Gwen Molnar, BEd ’49, has enjoyed exceptional success in recent years with the publication of several works of poetry for children, teen mysteries and, most recently, a book about Edmonton history.
Joyce Cutts, BEd 1954, “I graduated from U of A with a Physical Education degree in 1954. I did most of my teaching in the province of Quebec. I earned a Sabbatical in 1971 and went to the University of London, England and earned a Graduate Diploma in the Education of the Handicapped.