What were you doing before attending Sprott Shaw College?

Before my time with Sprott Shaw College, I was a small daycare provider.

Why did you choose Sprott Shaw College?

I choose Sprott Shaw because many of my close friends had attended and raved specifically about the instructor for the course I was interested in.

How was the admissions process?

The admissions process was a little confusing, only because the site was currently undergoing some staffing changes. Everyone worked together to help make sure all my information and requirements were in place prior to starting.

What program did you choose and why?

I chose to enroll in the Education Assistant program. I am a mother to a neurodiverse child. It is my passion to be the ‘EA’ I wanted my child to have in the school system. Sprott Shaw provided me with the education, and my instructor was an amazing inspiration and a wealth of knowledge in the field. She herself was also an ‘EA’ prior to becoming an instructor for the course.

What was the environment like during your time at Sprott Shaw College?

My classes were always engaging with solo work, group work, and teamwork. We shared our stories, laughed together, and learned from each other. My instructor was very open and welcoming to any questions or discussions.

Where was your practicum or co-op and how was it?

My practicum took place at Evans Elementary School. I loved every moment of it. My instructor kept in close contact with me as I provided updates about my progress and what I was learning. She also was helpful with suggestions or any guidance I needed.

How long did it take you to find a job after graduation?

I was hired as a full time casual employee for the Chilliwack School District before I completed my program! After completion of my program and starting full time casual work, I landed a permanent full time position within a couple months.

Where do you work? Can you explain your duties?

I work for the Chilliwack School District, supporting neurodiverse learners. My duties include ensuring the safety of my students, collaborating with teachers, administration, and support staff, and assisting in achieving day-to-day educational and self-regulation goals, tailored to the students’ Individualized Education Program (IEP) objectives.

If you could give advice to someone coming to Sprott Shaw, what would you say?

Make sure Sharla Hardie is your instructor!

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I was 42 years old and scared to death of starting over and returning to school. I truly thought I was too old and would be completely out of my element. I couldn’t have been more wrong! With the small class size, and an open minded instructor who created an environment where everyone could feel comfortable and learn, allowed me to really succeed. I feel like I made the right decision for myself and my future in choosing Sprott Shaw College.

Christina King,
Education Assistant
Chilliwack Campus

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