Dionne Rognvaldson-Anan

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Dionne Rognvaldson-Ana

Teacher - Music, Third Academy North

I started my teaching career in 1992 after graduating from the University of Alberta. I have been a classroom teacher in grade one through seven, taught music for kindergarten through grade six, and have led school based choirs, recorder ensembles, and ukulele clubs. For 5 years, I was the Academic Coordinator and an instructor for an adult work place English program in downtown Calgary. I have taught on three First Nation schools in Alberta and overseas at an American school in Cairo Egypt.

I became a teacher because I enjoy working with children, seeing them grow and learn new skills. I love teaching literacy and watching the magic of books open new worlds for children. Music is a universal language that can be explored through cross-curricular subjects. It fosters a child’s creativity and allows children to develop gross and fine motor skills, their singing voice, and experience playing instruments.

I believe that every child has the potential to learn. They are unique, creative, and curious about the world around them. Using their natural curiosity to inspire learning helps keep children engaged and more successful in their academic studies.

One of my favourite teaching memories was when I was teaching in Egypt, I took my grade three class for a field trip to the Pyramids of Giza. I was surprised that for many of my students it was their first time visiting this amazing piece of history in their own city!

In my spare time I am an avid reader. I love spending time with my family hiking, camping, fishing, and travelling.