Teach­ing ‘stuff that mat­ters’

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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.”

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