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Get to know Bianca, another long-time tutor who also works and teaches at Algonquin College.

Transcript:

Hi, I’m Heather Desjardins and we’re doing another “Get To Know Your Tutor” and today we have our wonderful Bianca.

Hello!

Hi!

Okay, you do another position besides working for The Open Door, what’s the other job that you’re doing right now?

Got it, I also teach at Algonquin College and I do some program coordination for them as well.

Very good! And what was it that interested you in working in education? For me it was I’ve always enjoyed helping people, especially when it’s one-on-one. I like that when you work one-on-one with someone you get to really cater to their specific strengths and their needs. And I find it very rewarding to be part of someone’s journey to becoming more independent with that skill and more confident.

Yeah, and that probably ties in with my next question, which is what’s you’re favourite thing about working for The Open Door?

Yeah, exactly! It is my favourite thing. It’s very rewarding, it’s fun, first of all, to work with my students. It gives me a lot of satisfaction. That’s good, and I know how much your students absolutely love working with you too.

So, let’s do a couple of fun questions here. What’s a fun fact about you that your students might not know?

I’ve had pet rats. I kept pet rats. Before, I was up all night with my pet rat who was sick and my student was like, “You have a rat?” and she wanted to know all about my rats after that.

And you take such care of them! When they’re sick, nursing them all night long!

Yeah, they’re great pets!

They do make good pets, assuming one you got at the pet store and you didn’t find on the corner. Then they make good pets.

Yeah, these were domestic.

I had a pet rat growing up as well, although I never stayed up and nursed it or anything when it was sick.

No.

And what’s something you like to do when you like to unwind.

Oh, I love to do jigsaw puzzles. Since I was little, it started when I was little doing the ones where you just put the little piece into the shape, in to the right slot, and then now I do 1000 piece ones just for fun! So I enjoy doing that, it takes me to a relaxing place.

Do you have the special mat so you can roll it up in between, or the dedicated space?

It’s on my Christmas list! This year that had made my Christmas list.

So hopefully Santa will give you a jigsaw mat.

Yep, that would be lovely, Santa Clause.

So what I’m going to do know is to just ask you some quick, sort of rapid-fire questions. Don’t think about the answers, and we’ll see what you come up with. Alright, so, are you a night-owl or an early-bird?

I think I’m more of a night owl.

Yep, me too! Your favourite colour?

Yellow.

Yellow. What’s the farthest that you’ve traveled?

Hmm..Uganda! So across the ocean.

That’s pretty good! Wow. If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, one food, what would it be?

I’m going to go with fruit. Cause fruit is just delicious!

Aww so healthy of you!

It’s sweet and has all kinds of flavour. I don’t know why, I’m just in a fruit phase, it’s delicious.

Fair enough! And then the last question I’ll ask, what’s an example, if you can think of just any one in particular, that was a really memorable moment that you have had working with one of your students. Something that really stands out.

Oh yeah. Yeah there’s definitely a few. I would say, well maybe one that’s more recent, is I have a student and one thing that’s really great is to find out that he started reading novels on his own. Which is pretty amazing. The most exciting thing is when a student just automatically starts using the tools that we teach them. So for example, I’ll see him, like, tap out words or the syllables without me prompting him. So that make me like “awwww ya, he’s doing it!” Without me saying anything. So that was a great moment to just kinda see him implement the things that we had been learning, without me, I could just fade into the background and he’s doing it.

Yay!

And he’s enjoying himself to read books, which you know his parents said a few years ago that they never thought that would happen.

Wow, that’s amazing, and yes, it is such a good feeling. Specially when they start showing some of that independence right? Yeah.

Yeah!

Aw that’s amazing. Well thanks so much for taking a few minutes to let us get to know you a little bit better, and I hope that you have some really good holidays.This will be showing after Christmas, but that you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And take care.

Yes great! Thanks for interviewing me, that was fun!

Thank you! Bye-bye.

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