Valantina Dawod | YMCA school-age educator

Valantina Dawod

YMCA school-age educator and support worker

Sector: Education and Training

Born: Outside Canada

Location: ON

Education: College/Technical

Type: Career Profile

Subjects:

Science

Education, Teaching

Valantina Dawod | YMCA school-age educator
Valantina DawodYMCA school-age educator and support worker
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.

I am motivated by
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.

My career path is
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.

My advice to others
How I affect people's livesI 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.
How I affect people's lives
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!

Outside of work I
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.

What I do at work
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

About me

When I was

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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