Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Graduation 2011: Kelly Toth, Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching

Kelly Toth, Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching,
Class of 2011 and Valedictorian
Currently: 
Dance Teacher, Sports coach, and Manager at Earls

In the future: 
I am pleased to be in Professional Development Program [teacher education] and my present goal is to make it through my practicum and get hired on with the Surrey School District as a teacher on call by April. In five years I hope to be a teacher with my own class.

Inspiring teacher
I had the same teacher for grades two and four, and she was a true inspiration. I had a hard time with reading when I was in her class but she never made me feel like I was an outcast or had a 'problem.' I always enjoyed going to school. She was there to help me grow and develop. She was and still is like a second mother to me. I can go to her for anything and everything. I want to be able to make students feel the way that she made me feel through the positive and safe learning environment that she was able to create.

If I could go back in time, I'd tell my 17-year-old self . . .
go to school right after high school and complete a degree within four years (not eight!) I did not like high school so once I graduated I did not want to return to school. I was not sure what I wanted to major in and all I wanted to do was travel. I ended up going to Thailand and teaching English. Needless to say I could not focus on school; I had too many ideas and other things that I was more interested in.

I chose physical education and teaching because . . .
I like to make a positive impact on children. I know how effective it can be if children have teachers like my grade 2 and 4 teacher. I want to be able to carry that on and help students the same way my teacher helped me. When I was 15, I would help teach dance classes at my dance studio. Then when I was 17 I became a life guard and swimming instructor and gymnastics and dance instructor. Then when I was 18 I taught english in Thailand. and still to this day I teach children dance, sports and now teach in the schools for my PDP practicum.  If I could be a PE specialist at an elementary school I would!.

The right fit
The small class sizes and having instructors who knew my name and were very personable made Douglas the best choice for me. Laura Farres in particular was easy to talk to and very understanding and flexible.

My advice to my fellow graduates?
Continue the hard work. This is only the beginning of a long journey that is still yet to come.