Concurrent Teacher Education (Junior/Intermediate)
Christina De Silva’s Brock career ended on a high note with her receiving the Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario Galbraith Preservice Teacher Award of Excellence. She was nominated for the award by Susan Docherty-Skippen, an Instructor in the Faculty of Education. De Silva is graduating from the Concurrent Teacher Education program. Her first teachable subject is history and her second is biology.
“For me, especially as a beginning teacher, it definitely brings up my confidence and just sums up my experience at Brock,” said De Silva of the award.
De Silva has been an active member of the Brock community. From her second year, she has tutored with A-Z Learning Services to share her love of teaching and learning. In her third year, she began to volunteer as a tutor for local children through the he Brock University Learning Lab. De Silva has also worked as a campus tour guide, a highlight of her time at Brock.
With all of her commitments across campus, De Silva has kept up with a demanding academic schedule, making the Dean’s Honours List throughout program.
De Silva will be returning to Brock in the Master of Education (MEd) program, where she will look at creating resources to help teachers integrate culturally responsive practices into their classrooms.
Growing up the daughter of immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago, De Silva was a minority in her home town of Guelph.
“I want to make sure that students always have the opportunity to succeed in the classroom, feel that there’s a sense of belonging and that they’re integrated so they don’t feel like the odd one out,” said De Silva of her plans for her research.