Meagan Nenka: Student Success Story
As a recent graduate of the Educational Assistant Diploma Program it is extremely satisfying to apply what I learned in class to a school environment. I am currently working for the Winnipeg School Division, at École Sacré-Coeur and École Robert H. Smith, as an EA level B and C respectively. Having worked in daycare prior to attending the University I discovered both my passion for working with children, and the responsibility that we as adults have to nurture children to realize their fullest potential. I chose the University of Winnipeg as it has high academic standards, and its EA program is well respected by school divisions in the city. The courses have helped me to understand the numerous ways in which individuals think and learn, and therefore how best to modify my own approach to suit each child with whom I work. I have also learned invaluable tools to aid children who have learning disabilities, behavioural difficulties, as well as those who are physically, mentally, and/or emotionally challenged. In a classroom setting there are a multitude of different needs and as an EA I have the daily satisfaction of providing support to both teachers and students. I go home at the end of the day feeling that I have made a positive impact in the lives of others, and that I have truly made a difference... I can’t think of a greater reward for having chosen this challenging yet exciting new career path!