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Valantina Dawod

YMCA school-age educator and support worker
Valantina Dawod | éducatrice et travailleuse de soutien dans un centre YMCA
Valantina Dawod | éducatrice et travailleuse de soutien dans un centre YMCA
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Valentina Dawod is a YMCA school-age educator and support worker.

About me

I was born/grew up in: I was born in Kirkuk, Iraq and grew up in Windsor, ON

I now live in: Windsor, ON, Canada

I completed my training/education at: Fourth year psychology student, University of Windsor

What I do at work

I create weekly program plans that consist of STEM learning activities for students in grade 3-6. We work together to plan and write lists of items we need for science experiments etc. My background in STEM helps me to solve on the spot problems and make decisions that will aid my students learning and understanding about the process. I work with other educators and collaborate with them, thinking on ideas for next major projects.

My career path is

In high school, I have always wanted to be a teacher. This job opportunity is a perfect stepping-stone! I am in my fourth year at the University of Windsor, and working towards achieving a bachelor’s degree in education.

I am motivated by

I love seeing students becoming invested into the STEM projects and collaborating with students about their theories and future ideas. I really enjoy working with the students and forming strong relationships with them.

How I affect peoples’ lives

I love my job because I am able to excite students to learn and promote their curiosity about science and math. It fosters critically thinking and engagement with the world around them.

Outside of work I

I enjoy reading thriller and mystery novels. I volunteer at the summit centre for preschool children with autism. I also enjoy yoga!I enjoy reading thriller and mystery novels. I volunteer at the summit centre for preschool children with autism. I also enjoy yoga!

My advice to others

My advice is to get out there and volunteer! It is the best way to gain experience, skills and helps with figuring out what you like best.

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Drama
  • Literature and Language Arts
  • Science
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Enjoyed doing things on my own
  • Liked helping people
  • Organized activities for my friends
  • Was motivated by success
  • Engaged in volunteer activities
  • Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
  • Always knew what I wanted to do

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