Ron Sirois credits his past teachers with inspiring him to join their profession. With his new teaching position at École Mother Teresa Catholic School, he hopes to do the same for his students.
He cites his high school biology teacher in particular as an influence.
“He made the learning fun for me, and because of that I wanted to do better in that class,” said Sirois.
Sirois will teach French social studies for grades six, eight, and nine, and gym for grades six to nine. This year marks his first teaching position, having completed practicums at École Camille J. Lerouge School and St. Francis of Assisi Middle School in Red Deer.
Originally from Saskatoon, Sirois moved to Red Deer at age seven. He attended Red Deer College for two years before completing his teacher’s education at the University of Alberta.
He likes helping and interacting with his students, and would like to build positive relationships with them.
“They’re eager to learn and they’re fun to be around,” said Sirois. “I feel pretty good. I know it’s going to be a lot of work but I’m looking forward to it.”
Outside of school hours, he would like to coach badminton and junior boys volleyball. He is also looking at a field trip to the provincial legislature for his grade six students, who are learning about government.
“I’m excited to be in Sylvan Lake and I’m looking forward to a good year.”