January 17th, 2013
My name is Ashley McMurchy. I was born and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan where I attended Carlton Comprehensive High School. In 2008, I moved to Moose Jaw where I completed the rest of high school at A. E. Peacock Collegiate. I graduated in 2010, and in that same year, I moved to Regina to study at the University of Regina. I am now completing my third year of the Bachelor of Education degree where I have a major in math and a minor in business.
I enjoy being active in both my community and school. However, because I do like to be involved in a variety of activities, a lot of my experience with teaching, unfortunately, mostly comes from my time in the education program. However, I have had a few experiences outside, which include tutoring a grade six math student, tutoring grade six students in math and social studies at the Regina Public Library, supervising and teaching at the Mathematics Enrichment Camp, being a judge at the Regina Huda School science fair, and working with people with disabilities at Cheshire Homes of Regina. As for leadership, I have experience being an ambassador at the university where I have led campus tours and helped organize events. In addition, I have been part of numerous school sports teams. I believe that these experiences have definitely increased my confidence and helped me grow as a person and a teacher.
I feel that I have grown a tremendous amount since I first started the program, although I know I still have a long way to go until I am near the teacher that I want to become. One thing that my schooling experience has helped me with is develop a passion and have a better understanding of math. Also, I have become more aware of myself; I have realized what I need to work on, and I am also more open to trying new things. I would like to work on trying new teaching methods and trying to steer away from the typical way of teaching a math lesson. I would like my lessons to be more student-centered and work towards understanding math concepts rather than using a teacher-centered approach which might cause students to memorize rather than understand. I will admit, I have never tried this in a classroom, but it is something I am eager to try.
Now that you know more about me, I can’t wait to get to know both you and your students. Thank you for taking me in as a pre-intern and I really appreciate it. If you would like to contact me, you can either reach me by email: ************@uregina.ca or by phone: (***) ***-****.