Posted Apr. 17, 2020
Name: Ms. Amanda Bukowsky
Hometown: Squamish, B.C.
Did you attend Immaculata as a student: I did not attend Immaculata when I was in high school, but I attended youth groups and music ministry events with family members and parents of students that now attend our school.
Where did you attend university and what did you study? I attended UBCO where I completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English Lit and minor in History. I also completed my Bachelor of Education degree at UBCO majoring in Humanities/ Secondary Education.
Current role: I taught grades 8-11 English, Social Studies, and Religion in the classroom for my first three years but have been Student Services Coordinator for the past three years. Time flies! I very much miss being with the students in the classroom but enjoy the challenges my new position brings!
How long have you been at Immaculata? This is my sixth year at Immaculata! Six and a half years ago I decided to apply to work in the Catholic Independent system at the suggestion of my parish priest. I took a position teaching a grade 1-2 split at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Cranbrook. I was offered a continuing position there, but missed my family, fiancé, and horse. I didn’t know what to do, then one day during his homily at mass, Father Peter said that sometimes we have to make the choice that is not the obvious choice. Sometimes we have to make the choice that leads to uncertainty but one that prioritizes what is really important in our lives, like being with family. That making the less obvious choice can often lead us to even more amazing blessings in our lives. This really resonated with me and still does to this day. I chose family over job security and returned home at the end of my contract in Cranbrook. A short while later I was blessed with a position at Immaculata and the rest is history!
Why do you choose to work at Immaculata? I cannot believe I get to do what I love every day and live my Faith at the same time. While we as a staff always strive to maintain professionalism and the high level of integrity that this profession requires, our school truly is a family. It is a family where we care for each other and our students as valued individuals who deserve every opportunity to excel and feel successful, whatever that success looks like for them. That is part of what sets us apart. I love our community, and our students, our students are like no other. They are what brings me to work every day.
What about Immaculata are you most proud of? The sense of community and our students.
What do you enjoy most about your job? Hands down the students! As much as we like to think we as teachers consistently support & push them to give their best in our classes, I have to say they push me to constantly strive to grow and improve in my profession. They inspire me every day to check everything at the door and give my best to them.
What goals do you have for our students? I always told my students that I have a Ms. Frizzle teaching philosophy… “Don’t ever be afraid to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!”
What life lessons do you hope to convey to our students?
What is the best lesson you’ve learned from a student?
What were you like in high school?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Who are the most important people in your life?
My family- hands down! I was a strong willed child when I was younger, but now that I am older, my mom and sister are my best friends. No matter how bad I mess up I can go to my dad for advice and help. My dad is a quiet man and from him I have learned the value of being thoughtful and purposeful with the words I say. I have also learned during our many fishing trips to embrace silence and stillness from time to time. In the words of the Catholic theologian, Matthew Kelly, “we spend all of our time rushing around doing all these ‘important’ things that we think are urgent, but the truth is, the most important things, are hardly ever urgent.”
One little piece of fun personal info – My favourite food is
French fries. I could survive on Cavendish French fries for a long time if I had to. . .