My name is Brenna Smith and I am in my fourth year at the University of Regina. Following my high school graduation, I was accepted into the Middle Years Education Program. Throughout my education experience I have decided that I want to pursue my Certificate of Extended Studies in Inclusive Education. I am confident that this is the path I am meant to be on, and I am very excited to continue my journey in working towards becoming an inclusive education middle years teacher.
I was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan but I grew up in a small town just outside of Regina for a majority of my life. I have two older sisters and two very supportive parents. My house was always busy as we had multiple pets. I currently have two dogs, Ashes and Sky, and two cats, Jack and Tobias. My elementary school, Stewart Nicks School, was located right behind my house. One person who influenced me in wanting to become an educator was my grade eight teacher. She made genuine connections with her students and cared about their academic success and their social lives.
Before attending the University of Regina, I went to Luther College High School. There were a number of teachers who motivated and inspired me to apply for the Education Program in University. Not only did they support my academic career, but they also cared about me as an individual. I feel that this is an essential aspect in teaching: teachers should care and support the students as individuals.
I was employed with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Autism Centre as an Interventionist for over three years. I have worked with multiple children with Autism Spectrum Disorder on academic, behavioural, social programs. I am very passionate about this job as I got to encourage learning and help incredible children grow and develop lifelong skills. Based on this job experience, I know that pursuing a vocation in inclusive education is my passion. I hope to become an adaptive teacher who specializes in working with students with disabilities. Every student has a different level of ability; therefore, a teacher needs to be able to change and adapt the information and lessons to help each child find success. Like many of my teachers have done for me, I want to be remembered by my students as a caring teacher who has positively impacted their lives. I am grateful for the experiences that I have had in the past, and I look forward to future opportunities in my teaching career.
Thanks for reading!
– Brenna Smith –