ENGLISH/DEPT. COORDINATOR OF ENGLISH
D ating back to her own school experience, writing was always a passion for Julie Stoyka. After six years of university — where she received English Honours in her Bachelor’s degree and followed it up with a Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing — the English teacher worked as a marketing copywriter before deciding that she wanted to go back to school.
“I was so extremely motivated to find a career where my daily life would involve colleagues who saw learning as an ongoing process, allow me to develop and explore new facets of my identity, and to challenge me.” “As an English teacher, it’s the give and take of words that I love.” She describes her classes as organized chaos where students gain a deep understanding of the topic and each other’s perspectives. “I start with very concrete plans and goals but, like all teachers, have to be flexible to meet the daily needs of my students and a very busy academic and extracurricular schedule.”
“I like to connect with my students in class, so I try to have a fun classroom and lots of energy (which often equals lots of noise), and though my students would say I am strict, we also have
a lot of fun and joke around a lot.”