Teaching ‘stuff that matters’
On the screen saver of her phone, there’s a quote that MacIsaac lives by. She looks at it daily, on her way to school. It asks, “Would you want to be a student in your class?” It’s become her motto, MacIsaac said.
Well aware of the impact educators can have due to her involvement with the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union, the Pictou native points out that other teachers in the province are equally deserving of national recognition.
MacIsaac co- ordinates a creativity and action program for baccalaureate students and helped develop the African Heritage course with the province’s Department of Education. One of her aims is to foster a sense of social justice amongst her students.
“I love that I get to have conversations with my students about things that they care about and are important to them and incorporate those things into our coursework,” she says.
“What I love about my job is that it’s stuff that matters. The skills I try to teach matter outside the classroom.”
Known for her bubbly enthusiasm, MacIsaac has produced Horton’s musicals every second year for 15 years, leads the tech crew and enjoys organ- izing trips to the provincial High School Drama Festival. Not adverse to getting up on stage herself, she performs alongside her students in Women of Wolfville productions.
Currently, MacIsaac is taking a deferred term away from the classroom and has embarked on travel to Hong Kong, New Zealand and Florida.
She is looking forward to heading back to the classroom in the fall and “being the best teacher I can be.”