A large component of my blog this semester has been the documentation of my learning process and progress as a future educator, but I also wanted to discuss leadership and how I have progressed throughout the semester. The role of a teacher is to lead students on their learning journeys. Teachers are role models, support systems, and advocates for our students. This leadership extends further, as a teacher can also act as a leader for the community through our involvement and engagement, for other educators as a part of a team and perhaps a mentor, as an advocate for the profession and others choosing to enter it, and finally, for ourselves as lifelong learners. Leadership is a vital component of the profession, and it is so important that we as educators take the opportunities for leadership and growth.
This semester, I have joined the Education Students’ Association (EdSA) board of directors here at UVIC, and I have been attending weekly meetings, assisting in organizing Faculty events and facilitating communication between my cohort, EdSA, and the rest of the faculty. This has been a great experience, and I’ve really enjoyed the leadership role of the position, and the connections that I have been able to make with pre-service teachers outside of my cohort and year.