Teacher Feature

Mitchell Van Dyk is our current Teacher Feature!

From the nominating teacher: Mitchell has an innate understanding of young people. He meets children where they are at. Mitchell sees the potential in all students and strives to help them reach it. He is kind and caring, while maintaining high expectations. He celebrates learning and makes it fun.

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School:Dorothy Dalgliesh School

Current Position: Grade 6 Homeroom

How long have you been teaching?

This is my 10th year.

Where did you go to university?

University of Lethbridge

If you weren't a teacher, what would you be?

I would be an NHL player - provided I also had the talent to make it...

Favourite thing about being a teacher?

Building connections with students. When you have the opportunity to build a bond with a student who needs a mentor, role model, shoulder to cry on, or someone to make them feel valuable, it makes it all worth it. Then, once that connection has been established, it is amazing to watch them grow.

What is the best lesson about teaching you have learned? 

I see teaching as a two-pronged approach. On the one hand, the students need to feel loved each and every day. On the other hand, they also need to have high expectations from their teacher, as well as clearly defined boundaries. I think when we accomplish this, it creates a wonderful atmosphere for growth and learning.

Knowing what you know now, what would you say to first-year teacher you?

Hold on. It gets better, and you will continue to grow. You also won't have to work 70 hours a week every year :)

Congratulations Mitchell!

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