TFS - CANADA'S IN­TER­NA­TIONAL SCHOOL

The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators - TA­MARA BOLOTENKO DEAN OF STU­DENT AF­FAIRS, SE­NIOR SCHOOL

As early as Ju­nior Kinder­garten, Ta­mara Bolotenko has had a pas­sion for lan­guages, quickly learn­ing English and French, in ad­di­tion to her mother tongue, Ukrainian. She be­lieves dif­fer­ences should be cel­e­brated and wants all chil­dren to feel that their unique cul­tural and fa­mil­ial prac­tices and tra­di­tions are a won­der­ful part of their rich iden­tity. For over a decade, her teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence has spanned dif­fer­ent parts of the world such as Ukraine, Abu Dhabi and Kaza­khstan. She learned more about dif­fer­ent cul­tures and picked up Rus­sian flu­ently as well. Bolotenko’s pas­sion for global ed­u­ca­tion al­lows her to make an im­pact at TFS. Us­ing her in­ter­na­tional per­spec­tive, she con­trib­utes to school life, stu­dent lead­er­ship and ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing clubs, as­sem­blies, events and fundrais­ers. She also dis­cusses cur­rent af­fairs and so­cial jus­tice with grade 6 stu­dents. With teach­ers, Bolotenko or­ga­nizes theme weeks such as “Em­pa­thy and In­clu­sion,” which are in­cor­po­rated into the cur­ricu­lum. She be­lieves that at TFS, “stu­dents learn that their school and com­mu­ni­ties are mi­cro­cosms of the greater so­ci­ety and, in that con­text, em­pa­thy, com­pas­sion, kind­ness, re­spect, un­der­stand­ing of mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives and open-mind­ed­ness are cen­tral to liv­ing our lives as cit­i­zens of the world.”

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