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Books: Jacob's Journey and Jacob the Baker by Noah ben Shea

Writers: Taylor Caldwell, Jane Austen, Pearl S. Buck

TV Shows: Canada AM, Figure Skating Programs

Movies: Pride & Prejudice, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fiddler on the Roof, Shakespeare In Love wpe96.jpg (20390 bytes)

Films: Anything at the IMAX, Such a Long Journey by R. Mistry

Composers: Chopin, Greig, Verdi, Scott Joplin, Rogers & Hammerstein

Singer: Andrea Bocelli

Foods: French, Greek, Mexican

Hobbies: gardening, crafts

Activities: walking, singing in our church choir, playing piano for services at two hospitals and a seniors' care home wpe97.jpg (14750 bytes)

My ALL TIME FAVOURITE activity is travelling

Places: Steveston, White Rock, Rowing Club at Stanley Park

About Mewpe98.jpg (23751 bytes)

     I was born on a beautiful farm in Saskatchewan and for Grades 1 & 2, I attended a little country school 3 1/2 miles from home. In the summer we walked or my older brother would "double" me on his bike. In the winter we relied on a lovely, faithful white horse named Victoria to get us to school and back home again safely. I do not remember ever being very cold, but I do recall the huge drifts of snow we had to conquer to get to school or to our neighbors' farms. 

     Following Grade 2, I attended school and university in the gorgeous city of Saskatoon. My first years of teaching were also in Saskatoon

     My husband and I and our two daughters moved to New Westminster in 1982. Though I love the prairies and my mother and six brothers are scattered throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, I believe I would have a very hard time leaving our mild B.C. winters and all the beautiful blossoms that come with our early springs. 

     I joined the Adult Learning Centre staff in 1988 and have enjoyed getting to know so many wonderful people.

This year I teach:

Communications 12: Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:00 PM Room 280

This course will continue to focus on Literature including
*novel study: Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell
*short stories : featuring the elements of a short story - fiction and non-fiction

We will continue to work on writing skills –structure and format for
• Writing sentences
• Paragraphs- both “out-of-class” and “in-class”
• Essays: - both “out-of-class” and “in-class”
• Letter writing: Business Letters, Cover Letters

Of course, to make good writing easier, we will work together on English grammar.

I look forward to having you in class on Tuesday evenings.

Literature and Composition Level 4: Wednesdays 9:15 – 11:15 AM in Room 187
Grammar Level 4: Thursdays 2:45 – 3:45 PM in Room 280

This class will include reading a responding to a variety of articles including:
*advertisements and Brochures
*forms and documents

The Thursday Grammar class will focus on appropriate exercise to strengthen your writing skills.

It would be my pleasure to see you on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.

Reading Level 5: Wednesdays 2:45 -3:45 PM in Room 187

In this class we will read stories and articles focused on:
*Cause and Effect
* Factual Material and drawing conclusions
*Author’s Purpose
*Comparison and Contrast *Opinion
*Context Clues
*Stories with a message
*Finding the outline – summarizing We will discuss how knowledge of these elements in reading will improve the effectiveness of our writing.

I hope to see you on Wednesdays from 2:45 – 3:45.

Also, Wednesdays at 4:00 – 5:00 PM Reading and Writing in Room 186

* This will be a time for all levels can get help with their reading and writing. Come and tell me what you’d like to work on. Let’s work together on Wednesdays from 4-5 PM.

When I’m not in class, I would love to help you in the computer room -184 Tuesdays 1:30 -6:30 PM and Thursdays 1:30 – 9:30 PM


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