THE YORK SCHOOL

The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators - KAREN McCALLUM-RYAN JU­NIOR SCHOOL DI­REC­TOR OF CUR­RICU­LUM

Karen McCallum-Ryan con­sid­ers be­ing an ed­u­ca­tor her true call­ing in life and has been teach­ing for as long as she can re­mem­ber. “Chil­dren are my favourite peo­ple. They are hon­est, kind and al­ways in­ter­est­ing,” she says. McCallum-Ryan has taught in five coun­tries – Canada, the United States, Eng­land, Hong Kong and Sin­ga­pore. One of her most sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ences in teach­ing was at the Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional School in Hong Kong. As a proud Cana­dian, she re­calls at the be­gin­ning of as­sem­blies stu­dents would sing the Cana­dian na­tional an­them first in English and then in Can­tonese. “It was an over­whelm­ingly proud mo­ment to lis­ten to a cho­rus of voices, com­prised of stu­dents from all over the world, sing my na­tional an­them in two lan­guages.” McCallum-Ryan says it’s a priv­i­lege to work at the York School in her role as the ju­nior school Di­rec­tor of Cur­ricu­lum. “My role is unique. Very few schools have a full-time fac­ulty mem­ber whose fo­cus is cur­ricu­lum at one di­vi­sional level. The role in­volves, what I call, the five “P” s of pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion: pupils, pro­gram, peers, prin­ci­pals and par­ents.” McCallum-Ryan be­lieves in a com­mu­nity of learn­ers. “In a class­room or in a school, the com­mu­nity learns from each other. Ed­u­ca­tion is about more than grades and tests. It is about cre­at­ing in­quir­ers and thinkers.”

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