Allison Jean Mullen
- Region: Thompson-Okanagan Region
- Position: Teacher
I have a personal biography that my teacher made in gr.2 that has a "career: section; it asks "what would you like to be when you grow up?" - My answer then was a teacher. When I graduated high school I thought about it a little more, after all 5 years of school is a large commitment. It took a year of general arts where I pulled of 50's and 60's even when I was trying my hardest. So I decided to take a year off and do a little bit of soul searching. In that time, my sister developed a severe eating disorder where she was admitted to different hospitals in and out of town—school seemed impossible at that time. After her treatment and recovery, I decided that I didn't want to give up on my dream of being a teacher. I I went back to school and took several upper level sociology, history and women's studies courses which made me try even harder to reach my goals. There is so much work to do in the world—I feel that being a teacher is a way that I can give back; a way that I can truly help people. Now I am graduated with my Bachelor of Elementary Education Degree and have managed to gain a contract teaching on the Queen Charlotte Islands for a year. The thing about teaching is that as long as you are willing to be flexible, there will always be jobs. After 2 years of teaching I am plannign to do a master's degree in education online through the University of Calgary. One thing my professors' always said is 'never stop learning" - my work has just begun. For all of the women, aboriginal peoples and other visible, disadvantaged minorities—"Be the change you want to see in the world—Mahatma Gandhi"