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Discover what our students experience at the Faculty of Education at Queen's University. Read about their own stories, adventures and opportunities during their studies. Want to have your story featured? Email justine.mayhew@queensu.ca for more information on how to be featured.

Student Experiences: ATEP Gave me an Environment Where I Felt Safe, Cared for, and Supported.

December 5, 2019

By: Olivia Rondeau

Olivia Rondeau

The Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) at Queen’s University Faculty of Education is more than a program, it is a community. It is a community where you can feel comfortable to express your identity and be proud of who you are.

B.Ed. Student Changes The World One Beeswax Wrap at Time.

July, 15, 2019

By: Megan Tucker

I was fortunate enough to spend my Queen’s Alternative Practicum in Uganda, engaging in one of many projects from the Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation (ASTCF). The bulk of my time in Uganda was spent teaching environmental education at a village school, to roughly seven hundred primary students. 

Mind, body, and spirit – Meet Barbara Laing

Mind, body, and spirit – Meet Barbara Laing

PhD Candidate in Education

March 26, 2019

by Phil Gaudreau

Written for the School of Graduate Studies

There are those moments in life that just give you goosebumps – that sensation that you’ve experienced something incredible, and your life will never be the same from that point on.

How do people experience the serendipitous as spiritual? How do these moments impact learning? And how is this learning shared with others? Barbara Laing (B.Ed’05) wants to find out.

Con.Ed. Student Helps Kids Feel the Music

Katie with Sistema Kingston children

Con.Ed. Student Helps Kids Feel the Music

Katie Mulvihill is a 2nd year concurrent education student at Queen’s.  A Kingstonian and an environmental and health studies major, she was drawn to a non traditional classroom setting practicum with Sistema Kingston for the opportunity to “make connections with kids and help create new experiences for them.”

Katie spent the last 12 summers at a camp close to Kingston. She found counselling kids and running programs as something that has shaped her as a person. She brings her passion for the outdoors, and a strong interest in music – playing both the piano and guitar – to her practicum as Sistema Kingston. Read more.

B.Ed. Alumnus Brings Scottish Music to Kingston Youth

February 20, 2019

When John McKay (B.Ed. ‘16) came to Queen’s for his B.Ed. he brought his passion for the bagpipes with him. He also brought a lifelong interest in teaching and learning. These two parts of John’s life intersected in Dr. Jane Chin’s Prof 110 during a show and tell. At the time, John was interested in the Inveraray and District Pipe Band, a competitive pipe band based in Scotland. He shared this for the class activity, sparking a connection that eventually led to an alternative practicum at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow and establishing free programs that bring traditional Scottish pipe band music to any Kingston area youth interested.

Queen's Community Cupboard with students who built it

Student Experiences: Alternative Practicum is Unforgettable

January 29, 2019
By: Emily Kirk 

Hello, my name is Emily Kirk and I am a new Queen’s alumni! I was a primary/junior teacher candidate who completed the program this past July and graduated in November. My time in the program was certainly memorable but one of the highlights would have to be my alternative practicum. I had the incredible opportunity of going to Kenya along with nine other teacher candidates to work with an organization called Living Positive Kenya. It was the most unforgettable life changing experience and I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made to apply to be a part of this team for my alternative practicum.

Sarah Taylor abroad at the Scotland Locs

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