Posted May. 24, 2019
NATALIE DAWSON – FROM ONTARIO DAIRY FARM TO IMMAC TEACHER
Hometown: Berwick, Ontario (outside of Ottawa)
School: Bishops University in Lennoxville, Quebec, BA and BEd. I’m qualified to teach in Quebec, Ontario, and BC.
Background: I was raised on a dairy farm with a younger sister and two younger brothers. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, from a very young age. I would set up a makeshift classroom and teach my younger siblings when we were home on snow days. I genuinely have no idea what other occupation I could do if I wasn’t teaching.
How Long Have you Been at Immaculata: First Year
Current Role: Junior Humanities (English, Socials)
Why Do You Choose to Teach at Immaculata?
The first time I stopped by to introduce myself, I felt so welcome and they had me in and working by the next week.
What Goals Do You Have For Your Students?
I want our students to become kind, conscientious, and resilient people who see equal value in learning things that they are and aren’t excited about (like Shakespeare!).
What do you learn from students?
I learn from students when they make me aware of the injustices different people face.
What Were You Like in High School?
I was anti-war, anti-establishment, pro-counter culture. I still am, but I’m a little less angry. J
What Do You Do In Your Spare Time?
I like to hang out with my son, walk the dog, read and make jewelry.
Who Are Your Most Important People?
My son, my husband, and my family.
An Interesting Tidbit About Mrs. Dawson:
I have never won an athletic award, but I have won awards in academics, arts, and agriculture including “Most Valuable Alto Singer,” “Most Contributing Choir Member,” “Best Straight-Man in a Play,” and “Best Kiss”.