Making connections with classmates and faculty has been key for Kortlyn Suberlak throughout her time in the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Education. As she approaches her final semester, Kortlyn is most excited to make even more connections, as she aims to make a difference in the lives of her students when she enters the world of teaching.

I was inspired to become a teacher by the amazing teachers I had when I was in school. I hope that one day I can positively influence my students lives, like my teachers did for me.

Meet Kortlyn: Charismatic. Diligent. Vibrant.
Hometown: Medicine Hat, AB
Program: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education
Major: Kinesiology/Physical Education

"Kortlyn has shown remarkable growth throughout the two semesters I've known her," says Erin Reid, instructor in the Faculty of Education. "She is incredibly helpful to her classmates, and she demonstrates leadership skills in group projects. She has a great sense of humour and is willing to be critically self-reflective in all her work."

What are three unique things facts about yourself?

  1. I have a 5-foot tall monstera houseplant.
  2. I coach volleyball.
  3. I am a huge Taylor Swift fan.

Why did you choose to pursue Education at the University of Lethbridge?

I chose to pursue the Bachelor or Education program at the University of Lethbridge because of how sought after it is. The program is built with many supports to help you be successful when you go out into the field of education.

I knew that I wanted to be a teacher, and I knew that ULethbridge was the perfect place to achieve that goal.

What is your most memorable ULethbridge experience so far?

My most memorable ULethbridge experience so far has been meeting so many lifelong friends because of the Education program, and now being nominated as a Shining Student.

How have your professors or instructors impacted your education?

All the professors within the Faculty of Education at ULethbridge are very supportive. They all want the best for each and every student in their classes and they go above and beyond to support you and your education journey. Jen LeGrandeur has been one of my biggest support systems throughout my time in the Education program, and deserves a huge thank you.

Tell us about any learning experiences out in the field and how they have impacted your education

My learning experiences out in the field have impacted my education a ton. The experiences help put what you are learning in your textbooks into hands-on experiences. Being a part of the students lives while you're in the classroom is the best part. They touch your heart in many ways, which is my favorite part of teaching.

What piece of advice would you give to future Faculty of Education students?

If I could give one piece of advice to future Faculty of Education students I would say lean on your friends and family, it is crucial. And remember to take time for you! The assignments will still be there after, but making sure you're caring for your mental health is top priority. Your students need the best version of you, so make sure to take care of yourself!

What excites you most about becoming a teacher?

What excites me most about being a teacher is being able to be an adult in my students' lives that they can always lean on and trust. Many teachers I had were such strong positive influences in my life and I hope I can do the same for my students.

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