It is fitting that Dr. Richelle Marynowski left the University of Lethbridge as a student and returned as a professor.
(Richelle Marynowski with her father, former MP, Rick Casson. Photo from the Faculty of Education Legacy Magazine archive taken by Rob Olson, 2014)
From the time she was two years old, Dr. Richelle Marynowski experienced the University of Lethbridge as an extension of herself. Affectionately nicknamed Rikki, she accompanied her father, honorary doctorate recipient and former Member of Parliament Rick Casson, to work at campus Print Services and became intimately familiar with the institution’s spaces and people.
This really is my home. I got involved in the community."
"I worked in the equipment room and as a cashier," Marynowski adds. "I was also in the curling club. I spent 8 a.m. to midnight here every day.”
The Picture Butte, Alberta native was in Grade 3 when she set her sights on a career in Math education. After graduating from the U of L with a BEd in 1990, she worked in rural, urban, private, and outreach schools, and for Alberta Education. A strong interest in enhancing Math evaluation and assessment practices led to a master’s degree and then to a PhD.
Today she is an associate professor instructing future Math educators, serves as Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs, and was recently appointed a term as Tier II Board of Governors Research Chair (2017-2020).
Marynowski emphasizes the importance of getting to know students on an individual basis. The best way to help a student is to facilitate more than one way of learning. Children have many ways of understanding. "Education doesn’t stand still,” adds Marynowski, who encourages her students to embrace change.
Marynowski’s research foci are teaching, learning, and assessment, particularly in the field of Mathematics.
Writer: Elizabeth McLachlan | Photographer: Rob Olson
For more information on Dr. Richelle Marynowski please watch the following videos (produced prior to the COVID-19 timeframe):
• Connecting with Your Students: http://vimeo.com/101957203
• Profiles in Teaching Excellence: https://vimeopro.com/teachingcentre/profiles-in-teaching-excellence/video/101957203
Related story links to Faculty of Education Graduate Studies and Research:
Mental Health Care: Pivoting for the Pandemic
A Generative Approach to Leadership for All Educators
Bridging Neuroscience and Education: Riley Kostek (BSc’09/BEd’11)
Teaching and Assessing for Life Beyond the Classroom: Dr. David Slomp
Five questions with Shining Graduate Rita Lal (BSc/BEd '01, MEd '20)
Teaching Multiple Literacies in Canadian Classrooms: Sarah Gagnon (BSc/BEd’11, MEd candidate)
Wellness is About Writing: Teri Hartman (BA/BEd '02, current MEd student)
For more information please contact:
Dean's Office • Faculty of Education
University of Lethbridge
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