MNO citizen pursues career in teaching

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Tina Buttineau
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Recently, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen Tina Buttineau completed her Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University and Bachelor of Arts at Western University.

Tina has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she could remember because her dream is to make a positive difference in the lives of others. This once seemed like an impossible journey because of the cost of post-secondary education and the fact that there are no universities within a 200 kilometre radius of her home.

Tina sought assistance from the MNO to turn her lifelong dream of teaching into reality and the MNO was able to provide financial support.

Throughout her studies she learned various teaching and classroom management strategies, educational pedagogy as well as how to teach a wide variety of subjects effectively. Tina gained a deeper understanding of the curriculum documents and the assessment and evaluation practices. Tina has also learned the importance of making learning meaningful, relevant and accessible to all learners. “There is no better feeling after a long day of teaching than realizing that today was the day you were able to help make a positive difference in the lives of one of your students. I think teaching is the most rewarding job there is,” said Tina.    

"I would not have been able to pursue my dream of being a teacher without the help and support of the MNO. Thank you for helping make my dreams a reality,” said Tina.

Through hard work, perseverance, and the help and support of the MNO she can now say that she is officially a teacher. Tina is currently employed with the Bluewater District School Board as a French teacher and is also working at Nipissing University as a Teaching Assistant.

Tina hopes to teach French Immersion in the near future and is also considering continuing her studies by pursuing a Masters degree in Education.

Posted: July 31, 2017

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