Lisa Debow

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It is a pleasure to be teaching this year at CCA. Although this is my first year at CCA, I have been a teacher since 2007. I have taught a wide array of courses over the years, from PUFF to grade 12 Environmental Science, but my speciality, and my passion, is working with 7&8 Language Arts and Social Studies. I am originally from New Brunswick where I taught in Fredericton at Leo Hayes High School, teaching grade 9 & 10 English and Grade 12 Media Studies. In 2014 I moved to Edson, Alberta and worked at Pine Grove Middle School and AH Dakin Elementary. My husband and I moved to Cochrane in 2017 and have come to really love the community and its' people. As a Christian, a mother, and a teacher I know the importance of having answers for the difficult questions that can arise during the adolescent years. I am excited that I get to teach and inspire my students through the lens of a Christian Worldview here at CCA. I've done some exciting things over the years while I earned my undergraduate and Education degrees at UNB which, if you ask my students, have made for some great stories. The one story that my students love to hear about took place in 2005 when I embarked on a field course to Bimini, Bahamas for a week to learn about Shark ecology and physiology. During that course I swam with a variety of sharks which included two of the deadliest sharks, Tiger and Bull. I came to see these magnificent creatures for the endangered/threatened animals that they are and understand that they were not the monsters that we are constantly told they are. I took another field course the next year to study the ecology and wildlife of Belize. I absolutely love God's creation and learning how we can be better stewards of God's world while also caring for our fellow human beings. I also have a passion for politics and history. I believe strongly that all students can grow and learn regardless of their challenges. There needs to be a collaborative investment from parents, the school and the teen to meet goals, but ultimately, with hard work progress can happen. I want my students to be lifelong learners who seek out answers in constructive and informed ways; to have the 21 Century competencies needed to navigate an ever increasingly diverse and busy world. To help to achieve this in my classrooms, I strive to nurture a classroom community that is caring and respectful; a safe place where students can take risks with their learning. I also get to know my students as much as I can so that I can tailor my teaching to their interests and challenge them to reach for excellence in all their learning. I look forward to this year and seeing the many ways that God will work to bring blessing into the lives of those we are spending our days teaching and caring for here at CCA.
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