On this page you can learn a little more about me, Ms. Desa!
For the last four years I have lived in the United Arab Emirates teaching English language learners math, English and science. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I have had to teach, and travel the world. However, of all the places I have been, Canada has always been my home. I'm excited for the opportunity to take what I have learnt overseas and create a diverse, student run, positive learning environment in Grade 1 this year.
My educational philosophy reflects my 4H background, “learn to do by doing”. I want my students to be as excited about education as I am. I create learning centers that revolve around 21st century skills putting the students in charge of their learning experience. They can explore concepts, ask questions, and discover new ideas. I feel that a focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration are essential to prepare students for the future. My classroom is built around positive encouragement and differentiation. I know from experience that this can only be achieved through careful planning and preparation of lessons, combined with widely varying the resources used in lesson delivery. Regardless of class size I believe interactive lessons are the key to establishing effective growth among students both academically and socially.
Growing up in 4H I was exposed to many different types of clubs. Everything from beef cattle club to sewing club to cooking club. I believe that extracurricular activities are important to make a well-rounded student. It is our duty to expose them to the many sports, clubs and other opportunities that might interest them. During my career I have helped to coach rugby, volleyball and basketball. I have started reading clubs, cooking clubs and even a meditation club.
When I moved to Abu Dhabi, I joined the Abu Dhabi Harlequins Rugby Club. Having never played the sport before I was excited about the new challenge. The team play in the Ladies Gulf League and we travelled all over the Gulf competing against teams from Dubai, Al Ain, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. In my last year playing I was privileged to be made the Captain of the Ladies Jesters team. Joining this club and learning how to play a very technical new sport was an eye opening experience for me. The ladies I played with came from all walks of life and from all parts of the globe. The team became an integral part of my life in the UAE and being part of the Harlequin squad taught me so much more than just the sport itself.
One of my passions in life is travelling. Living in the UAE afforded me the chance to travel far and wide to countries that I only ever dreamed of visiting while growing up in Canada. I love discovering new things, learning about the history of different places, and most importantly getting to know the people of each country. Some of my highlights have been seeing the Pyramids, climbing an active volcano in Bali, soaring over the fairy chimneys in Cappadocia and traversing the Red Rose City of Petra in Jordan. Travelling has taught me so much about who I am. One of my favourite things about going to a new country is visiting the schools. No matter where you travel in the world, a school is the foundation of the community. I certainly have visited some amazing places over the past four years and can't wait to see what adventures lie ahead.