Ms. Willock

picI'm a native of Southern Alberta.  I was born in Milk River and grew up in Medicine Hat. I finished my Bachelor of Arts and Science at the University of Lethbridge in 1995 and my Bachelor of Education here in Medicine Hat through the University of Alberta and Medicine Hat College's collaborative program in 2008. I became a teacher by accident.  My traveling adventures led me to Thailand where I spent too many months riding elephants and lying on beaches and found myself not wanting to leave but no longer having the funds to support myself.  An amazing school took a chance and I was thrown into a Grade One classroom with 25 of the sweetest souls a person could imagine.  I’ve never looked back.  The journey brought me back home in 2004 and to River Heights in 2008. Since then I’ve taken time to start and enjoy time with my family. This year I’m returning to the Grade One classroom full time and couldn’t be more excited.    

I believe very passionately in the guiding principles of River Heights.  When we allow a child to explore the world around them through student centered integrated learning we honour that child’s sense of adventure and curiosity while also fostering a love of learning.  When we support a child’s journey to independence by being clear with our expectations alongside our belief in their ability we honour their sense of self.  When we work together in a school and classroom community where it is understood that our peers are there to celebrate both our mistakes and successes we honour a child’s sense of community.  When children continue to be allowed to think critically and creatively we honour their brilliance.

I welcome all opportunities to get to know parents and families better.  Kids are what matters and the more connected their world is - inside of school and out - the better they do.