Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thank you, India


Laurie Wong


Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching (BPEC), 2009


Temporary International Education ESL teacher at Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary School (New Westminster); Teacher Assistant at Main Street Adult Learning Centre for the Vancouver Board of Education.


Completed my Teacher Training and earned my Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University; in 2009 went to Dharamsala, India, to teach Tibetan refugee children as part of the International Teacher Education Module at SFU.

Career goals

To teach science/math/PE at a middle school or at intermediate grade level in an elementary school.

Personal goals

To travel outside of North America each year with my husband and children, to maintain an active lifestyle and stay healthy, to cycle across Canada with my husband.

Role model

His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His compassion for people and the wisdom he shares with the global community offer inspiration for me as a person and as an educator.


Believe in yourself and you will achieve!


I am a very active person and have always enjoyed sports and games. When my children were younger I volunteered as a coach and coached for community basketball teams as well as for other school sport teams. I found the experience rewarding, and the children I worked with were responsive to me and my approach of coaching. I have always wanted to be a teacher and taking the BPEC program was the right path for me to become one.


The instructors were knowledgeable and up to date with technology and trends in the sports world. Many of them have personal experiences and stories in their fields, and shared them with students. They showed genuine care for student success.

What I learned at college

We live in a world that relies on interdependency. Human desires are not important; more critical is that we need to stop taking from our environment. Instead, we ought to learn, appreciate and take care of all the living and non-living things around us. We need to understand how they are connected to us. This type of interdependency is crucial to the future of Earth, and the human race.

What I learned in India

What I learned from the Tibetan and local Indian communities was that despite the suffering people endured, they were happy with what they had. They also value family and community supports.

What I took away

The experience of teaching Tibetan students and interacting with local Indian people really enforced the concept that we are all children of the human race. No matter what culture, language or skin colour we have, we all need to eat, sleep, learn and be loved in the same way. I know my level of sensitivity and compassion has definitely increased since my experience in India.

How my BPEC fits in

Educating students in developing a healthy and active lifestyle will always be in my curriculum. I recently read a quote from Thomas Jefferson: “Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.”

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