Tilting at Windmills: challenging the status quo for the sake of students

One thing becomes crystal clear when talking to Terry Kotyshyn (B.Ed. ’76, M.A.’86) about his teaching career; he tried everything he could to help his students succeed.

Over a cup of coffee at a local café, we discuss his career.

“I’ve been tilting at windmills for most of my life. I think as adults we have to do more for kids than the status quo. It is our job to bend over backwards to find a way to connect to the kids in our classrooms,” says Kotyshyn.

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A Champion for Education

After earning a M.Ed. at the U of A, Sarah Hoffman opted to make change outside of the classroom, as one of nine Edmonton Public School Board Trustees. This September, she was elected Board Chair.

Growing up, Sarah Hoffman was the quintessential keener. When teachers posed questions to the class, she was always one of the first kids to raise her hand, straining her arm in an effort to be called on. Even after school, Hoffman was more interested in playing ‘school,’ than ‘house.’ “I was excited about school from day one,” she says.

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A Tribute to Dr. Ted Aoki (1919 - 2012)

by Terry Carson,  (Professor Emeritus) BA, BEd, MEd, PhD (University of Alberta)

Dr. Ted Aoki, who was an academic staff member in the Department of Secondary Education from 1964 to 1985, and Chair of the Department from 1978 to 1985, passed away in Vancouver on August 31, 2012. Appropriately, the newspaper announcement of his passing began with a beautiful quotation about teaching from Henry Brooks Adams. It reads: “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops”.

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Fall 2012 | Class Notes

Clarice Hansen, Dip(Ed) ’54 & ’56, BEd ’75 writes in: "In 1952 a group of girls from around Alberta and Saskatchewan met for the first time at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Education.  They were eager to take on the challenge of becoming teachers.  It wasn’t long before many close friendships were formed and these friendships have continued over the years.  There have been group trips to Jasper, and to Victoria, lunches on a regular basis and a yearly dinner at the Faculty Club. Many went teaching after two years when they received their diplomas.

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World Teachers' Day

October 5th is the day that, since 1994, has been designated as World Teachers' Day by UNESCO. As stories unfold the world over about the impact teachers have on their students, the Faculty of Education decided that this year we would pay tribute to a few of the teachers that our students have been deeply impressed by.

We asked students to nominate an elementary or secondary teacher that really impressed a valuable lesson upon them or significantly helped them along the way.

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organicKidz Founder Wins Alumni Award for Excellence

By Omar Mouallem

There couldn't have been a worse start to Jane Walter's Sunday morning. The Calgary entrepreneur had long sent the Chinese factory her designs for a batch of wide-mouth baby bottles that were to be organicKidz's debut in the mass market. Soon, Walmart shoppers were going to understand the hype behind the world's first stainless steel baby bottle maker, the same one raved about by celebrity moms like Tori Spelling for being toxin free.

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Three Cheers for Serendipity

When Dianne Greenough began teaching at a struggling high school in the late 1970s, she had no idea she’d end up launching Edmonton’s cheerleading scene

In an industrial enclave of West Edmonton, behind a rather ho-hum beige façade, lies 15,000 sq feet of cheerleading paradise: Perfect Storm Athletics. To the uninitiated, the facility resembles a gymnastics school or possibly a large dance studio. But with a large trampoline, a 40-ft tumbling track, mirrors and ballet bars, it’s designed for a modern blend of the two sports: acrobatic (aka “All Star”) cheerleading.

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Tony Hesby: B.Ed. fuels career in business

For those looking for proof that completing a B.Ed. degree can propel your career prospects into the stratosphere, there is no better story to hear than Tony Hesby’s.

After graduating from the Faculty of Education in 1969, Hesby landed a teaching job with St. Albert Protestant School where he taught social studies and language arts. He loved being in the classroom and immediately sought out new ways to get his students involved with current affairs.

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A Postcard from Macau, China

by Vivian Lee

In the spring of 2012, four of us had the opportunity to travel to Macau, China for our APTs. We came from different backgrounds and interests, all with varying scores on the travel-savvy meter, and we weren’t quite sure what to expect. What we do know is that we ended up having an absolute BLAST.

Nevertheless, when asked to write a quick “postcard” about the experience, we kind of balked at the idea.

See, the thing is, writing a postcard is like being in a plane.

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