Esther Greendyk, Education Assistant

What were you doing before attending Sprott Shaw College?

Before attending Sprott Shaw College, I was working at a dairy farm mostly full time and keeping myself busy with my hobbies.

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Why did you choose Sprott Shaw College?

I chose Sprott Shaw because they offered an accelerated class which worked really well with my schedule and wanting to be able to start working quickly.

How was the admissions process?

The admissions process was quick and simple. The admissions advisor gave me all the information I needed and wanted in my first visit with her!

What program did you choose and why?

I choose the Education Assistant program because I have always wanted to help those with learning challenges. Also, myself having an older sister with an exceptionality really made me realize I could assist others as well. It really is my God-given gift and brings me so much joy!

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

The environment at Sprott Shaw was incredible. Everyone was so patient, kind and supportive through the whole program and even more so through the switch to online classes when COVID-19 landed. I never felt under too much pressure throughout the whole experience.

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

My practicum was 7 weeks long at Rosedale Traditional Community School in Agassiz and it was really really good, I loved everything about that experience and the staff there were fantastic.

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

I finished my practicum on November 13th, and with the Holidays and everything in between, I had my interview on January 5th and I was officially hired on the 13th! It was a very fast process.

Where do you work? Can you explain your duties?

I now work as a casual EA for the School District and I absolutely love it. I fill in for anyone who is sick or on leave and it gives me a wide range of variety.

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

I would tell anyone coming to Sprott Shaw to enjoy their program and rely on the staff’s expertise, they were always eager to answer any questions and always gave me the best advice.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I am now working full-time as a Casual Education Assistant for the school district and I am very content with my education and feel prepared for any school I walk into, thanks to Sprott Shaw College. 🙂

Esther Greendyk
Education Assistant
Chilliwack Campus

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