Tell us about your role and what you like most about it.
Oh, how time flies -- I cannot believe that this is already my second year teaching Middle and Senior School Music here at Elmwood! After last year, I must say that I’m especially jazzed that real music is being played in the music room this year. But overall, I’m happy that I am able to share my love and joy for music with others and as corny as it may be, I just find teaching to be such a rewarding experience; after listening to all the students in a class play the same tune very differently for two weeks, hearing them perfect it by the end makes it worth having that tune stuck in your head for 336 hours.
What is your favourite thing about Elmwood?
I genuinely appreciate the sense of community at this school, especially because I think there is something so intimate and uplifting about a community this small. Speaking from my own experience of growing up in a small town and going to a high school with a small student population, I have come to value this sense of belonging and recognition for who I was, as I was; this was something I missed dearly when I had to move away from home to a bigger city and a bigger school later in life. I see the vibrant energy that buzzes through the school every day, and I’m just happy to be a part of such a welcoming community once again!
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received, and from whom?
I once walked by this street graffiti that wowed me, and it read, “Don’t count the days; Make the days count.” Though I did not realize at that moment that this is a well-known quote from Muhammad Ali, these words written on the side of a building shifted my views in life. I am a firm believer that we each are full of potential to become the change we want and to build a life we wish for. Though it is much easier said than done, I put my best efforts towards practicing living life to the fullest and with intention every day!
If you could choose one superpower to have, what would it be? How would you best use it?
I’ve thought about this more often than I’d like to admit to, but I would easily choose to have telekinetic powers so that I can control and move objects at will with my mind. Imagine being able to stay in bed while cooking breakfast and pouring a cup of coffee for yourself. Also, I could technically “fly” if I sit on a chair and then move it with my mind -- imagine all the places I could go!
Which word or phrase do you use most often?
I often say, “All you can do is try,” mostly because this is something I personally live by. Life is so unpredictable, but rather than worrying about things I have no say or control over, I simply try. I’d say that it is somewhat of an empowering yet humbling experience, but I also find comfort in knowing that I did my best, no matter what happens.
What is one thing that would surprise people about you?
I think people are sometimes surprised by my level of fear and discontent towards birds. However, quite frankly, I don’t understand how everyone doesn’t share my concerns on this matter… they have such beady eyes!
What is your favourite extravagance?
I love plants -- I bring home a little green fella whenever I need a pick-me-up. I find taking care of these plants to be such a therapeutic experience, especially when it unravels a new little leaf!
What is your favourite way to treat yourself?
Again, I treat myself by splurging on plants so that I can gradually transform my home into a jungle -- slowly but surely, one plant at a time. I am also a bit of a homebody, so I like to make my space cozy and welcoming (with plants) so that I can hide away whenever I need to disconnect from the world and relax.
What has impressed you most about the start of this year?
From day one to this day, I am amazed by the level of flexibility and solidarity shown by the members of our community despite all the uncertainty. I am forever thankful to be a part of this wonderful team!