Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2008 Alumni Washington Fellow
Bio/Overview: Canada is completing her Dissertation and teaching future educators at East Central University in Oklahoma. She taught for five years and most recently taught physical education at Will Rogers Elementary School. As a 5th generation Oklahoman, and a first generation college student, educators have been the most significant influence for Canada both personally and professionally. She grew up in Kellyville, Oklahoma, a community of around 1,000 people. Canada graduated High School with 76 classmates where most of them attended school together K-12 and grew up on farms and ranches in the rural areas around the community. As her parents had no formal education, they wanted the best for Canada and her sisters, so they pushed them while inculcating the innate values of hard work, tenacity and perseverance. Their teachers challenged them with academic rigor, taught them to envision greater things for their lives and empowered them to pursue their dreams through education. Canada was fortunate to have some athletic talent and was a good enough basketball player to attend college on a basketball scholarship. In addition to teaching, Canada has coached women’s basketball at several universities and high schools, including Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK, where she was also an instructor and senior woman administrator in the athletic department.
Achievements: Ms. Canada was the 2008 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year and Ambassador of Education to the state of Oklahoma. She is also National Board Certified in Early and Middle Childhood Physical Education.
Leadership Experience: As a Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow, Canada worked in the Department’s Office of Safe and Drug Free School, Canada worked on the Carol M. White Physical Education Grant Program. She also organized the first policy briefing of Teachers of the Year under the Duncan Administration. In Shawnee, Canada’s principal always gave her the latitude to do her best and grow her program. Eventually they had transformed the culture of their school to incorporate wellness and healthy lifestyles into the every aspect of the school day. During this time Canada had many opportunities to interface with the city and community on projects programs to enhance the quality of life for all citizens through active lifestyles. This was truly watching her efforts as a P.E teacher transcend the walls of Canada’s classroom to change the lives of her students and their families. One of the dreams for her school was to have a walking track and a year ago their school had a track put in on their playground that is not only appreciated by the school, but also by their entire community. Canada has also served as Adjunct Instructor at St. Gregory’s University.
Affiliations: Safe and Drug Free Schools, Teacher of the Year Program
Education: Canada earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and her Master’s Degree in Education and Secondary Physical Education from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Physical education
- Teacher Leadership
- Teacher Education