Originally from Canada, Carrie has previously taught in Canada, Bangladesh and Kuwait. She joined ASIJ as a high school English teacher in 2012 and became Associate Principal in 2016. Carrie received a BA in Education with a minor in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary and an MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Victoria BC. Her husband Steve is a counselor in the middle school and their two children attend ASIJ.
There is not one person in a school building who can create community. Community happens when we step on to campus every day with compassion, empathy and a sincere desire to make someone else's life better. I see my job as creating a space where students can learn and teachers can teach. In order for this to occur, both students and teachers must feel that school is a safe and inclusive space. Clear systems, policies, and procedures need to be in place and, in addition, students must feel that they have a space for their voice within these structures. My sincerest hope is that students and teachers come to school each day ready to encourage, love, and support one another.
This is a really hard question for me as I have so many favorites. One of my favorite books to teach is The Things They Carried. It is a book that plays with the reader by bringing us into realms of truth and fiction and we are never quite sure which is which. The novel relays the horrors of the Vietnam War and leaves the reader with a deep sense of loss, but at the same time, a sense of hope for a new future framed in forgiveness and love.
Being Canadian brings a deep respect for other cultures, viewpoints, and ways of life. It welcomes all with open arms and does not turn its back on those in need. It is also a culture that is willing to listen; we do not always need to talk. And, when an apology is required, we are not afraid to say "sorry." Being Canadian is about being friendly and compassionate! It is my hope that students and teachers see that I bring this kind of attitude to ASIJ. PS: Canadians also bring a fun new vocabulary: Loonie! Toonie!, Toque!, Timmies! Eh!