The Story Behind My Blog: An Inspired Teacher

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The face behind “An Inspired Teacher”

Teaching is my superpower
Amanda Edwin B. Ed (Hons); MSc
Academic Coach/ESL Teacher

Welcome to my website. I am a Trinidadian – Canadian living in Kitchener, ON Canada. I share a home with my husband of 28 years, three adult children, and three fur-babies. Now, let me tell a little about the story behind my blog An Inspired Teacher.

Education was my chosen career, and I have been an educator for over 30 years. Believe it or not, I still teach and I am loving every minute. About 10 years ago, I began another career journey into the legal world to become a licensed Paralegal, but that’s another story. Today, I manage both careers alongside each other.

My life as an educator

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Teaching is my superpower – Photo credit: Photo by Allie on Unsplash

Education has been my life since I was seventeen years old. I grew to love the profession that quickly became my vocation. Until recently, I did not realize that my true motivation as a teacher was my students. They inspired me to be a better teacher, a better role model, more creative, more sensitive, and an advocate for them.

Over the years, I became very skilled at teaching all age levels from Kindergarten to adults. The private tutoring was an opportunity to keep myself immersed in education. I spent countless hours fostering positive home-school connections because I believed that this was important to my students’ success. When my students succeeded, I succeeded.

Facilitator for parent empowerment groups

A few years ago, I joined an NGO, Trinidad & Tobago Innovative Parenting Support (TTIPS) and became a trained Parent Empowerment Facilitator. Through their program, they gave me the opportunity to develop and facilitate workshops such as Disciplining the Young Child, Anger Management, Teen Self-Esteem, and teacher development workshops. My background as a teacher merged well into this added role and the experience was phenomenal. My passion to empower others has not dimmed.

The why behind “An Inspired Teacher”

Over the years, I continued to coach parents through my interactions with them at private tutoring sessions.

After a bit of procrastination, my childhood friend of mine, H. Michelle Johnson prompted me to get moving. With the gentle push, I became motivated to write and share my reflections on parenting and education.

I started with a Facebook Page which grew into this website and blog. As I develop, so does this website and the things I offer. Some programs are in the pipeline and will be released in due course. It took me three years to get here, but here I am. Through my writings, I hope to offer some guidance and inspiration to my readers.

I work with adult learners and I see their struggles as they try to simultaneously navigate school and life. My focus is on reading, ESL, and adult learners, to empower and prepare them for success in school and work.

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