My Dream to Teach

Many who know me, know of my love for teaching. I've often said that I will teach one day, in some capacity or other.

Somewhere far away in a parallel universe, Alternate-Kelly chose to do teacher's college instead of accepting a job at Hydro One. She is now teaching algebra, calculus, or physics to some bratty teenagers and inspiring them to say no to drugs and laziness, and yes to working hard and following their dreams.

I hope Alternate-Kelly is doing well.

At present, I continue my day-job doing engineering work, and I take any opportunity to exercise my teaching skills -- especially when it involves a charitable cause.

My friend Julie is a high school phys-ed teacher in Guelph and was asked to teach a fashion class for second semester. I know it's not all glam and glitz (they don't just watch Project Runway and sew garments all day long?!) but I felt like Julie had just won the jackpot. High school fashion class?! How practical! How creative! How inspiring!

Being the kind soul that she is, she asked me if I was interested in being a guest teacher. Um, YES! A little of a dream come true.

We brainstormed ideas for sewing projects and decided that during her unit on social responsibility, I would teach them how to sew a Pillowcase Dress for the Little Dresses for Africa charity.

I've done this workshop once before and already had a tutorial made up. It was the perfect sewing project for beginner sewers and there was plenty of opportunity to add their own creative details. Although these dresses were being donated to little girls in Africa, the students loved that they were essentially tank tops that they could sew for themselves as well.

I loved teaching the class. I wish I could have gone back for multiple days to see them finish their projects. Teaching really makes me smile. I'm looking forward to teaching some workshops at the upcoming Summer Retreat!