Thornhill Post - - 2017 PRIVATE EDUCATION GUIDE -

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.” KAREN McCAL­LUM-RYAN JU­NIOR SCHOOL DI­REC­TOR OF CUR­RICU­LUM

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