Emily Columpsi

"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery" -Mark Van Doren

Letter of Introduction

To Whom It May Concern:

Hello, my name is Emily Columpsi and I am currently enrolled in my final year of my Bachelor of Education degree. My focus is at the secondary level, with a major in Mathematics and minor in Dance Education. I grew up and attended school in Regina, Saskatchewan and for as long as I can remember I have always wanted to pursue a career in teaching.

Outside of school, I took dance lessons for seventeen years and continue to be active within the dance community. In addition, I am very interested in art, particularly drawing and painting. I love to travel and experience new cultures; I have a great curiosity about people and how they live. Travelling has certainly allowed me to appreciate differences, culturally and individually, and has taught me the importance of an open mind; all attributes that I carry into the classroom.

I have been fortunate to have had numerous opportunities from which I have gained a great deal of teaching experience. When I was in high school I frequently tutored a grade nine student in Mathematics; in addition to this I was often helping my own peers with their math. This has allowed me to gain practical experience with working with a variety of grades, as well as mathematical strands. This fall will be my fourth year teaching at FadaDance. I have not only acquired specific teaching skills that relate to teaching dance technique to children but this experience has taught me a lot about the importance of patience, responsibility, discipline, organization, teamwork, and leadership.

In addition to this, I have been involved in a number of workshops related to teaching and learning. For instance, I participated in the math camp, held at the University of Regina, which was held for high school students; I acted as a helper, observer and teacher assistant. I also attended a workshop, which focused on Treaty Education. These workshops have been beneficial, as they have increased my understanding of relevant issues and educational topics. Furthermore, they have given me ideas for working with students in the classroom. I am a committed life-long learner; I definitely enjoy opportunities for professional development.

I bring enthusiasm and a willingness to learn in everything that I do. Within my internship I worked hard to make an effective contribution to the students in the school, both in and outside the classroom. I was a team player: making the effort to collaborate with other educators and ultimately building my very own Personal Learning Network. As well, I acquired the ability to make meaningful connections between course content and the real-world; resulting in rich learning experiences for the students that I taught. I gained confidence in incorporating technology into the classroom. After internship I realized that technology is about collaborating with others, developing different forms of communication and leadership skills, and improving student motivation.

My intention is to pursue a life-long career in education. I look forward to the opportunities to come.

Sincerely,

Emily Columpsi

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