ATA Magazine

Creative colleagues

Teachers have their own extracurricular activities. Some volunteer. Some write books. Others produce podcasts, create art or make music. Here are some by your colleagues that are “out there.”



Medicine Wheel Workbook: Finding Your Healthy Balance

For her latest book, Medicine Wheel Workbook: Finding Your Healthy Balance, Carrie Armstrong collaborated with her sister and daughter to create an interactive workbook that encourages children to find their healthy balance. Also check out Mother Earth Plants for Health & Beauty: Indigenous Plants, Traditions and Recipes (Eschia Books Ltd.), in which Armstrong shares recipes based on her own grandmother’s traditions. A proud Métis woman, Armstrong has ­created books and a company — Mother Earth Essentials—to increase awareness of the beauty of the Indigenous culture.

Carrie Armstrong 
amiskwaciy Academy, Edmonton
Medicine Wheel Education


Grade 5 teacher Cody Huseby keeps busy on and off the ice as a Western Hockey League official and head coach of the Red Deer U11 A+ Phone Experts Chiefs. With his experience coaching and officiating games, he was selected as a linesperson for the World Junior Hockey Championship in 2022. Huseby was also recently named Hockey Alberta’s coach of the month.

Cody Huseby
Father Henri Voisin, Red Deer
Instagram and Twitter @huseby88


When not in the art room at school, Sheena Priddle is often creating commissioned hand-lettered details for wedding planners and local vendors or custom paintings for clients through her Instagram and Etsy store. Her most recent series of paintings combines her love of climbing with a modern geometric esthetic — familiar peaks from local ranges and her dream climbing destinations are contrasted with colour-blocked skies.

Sheena Priddle
Lorne Akins Junior High, St. Albert
Instagram and Etsy @doodle.pretty


In 2022, Justin Gabinet, a foods teacher and professional human ecologist, was featured on an episode of Food Network Canada’s Wall of Bakers. After being encouraged by colleagues to apply, Gabinet navigated the audition process — during the pandemic, no less! — and filmed the show in summer 2021. Gabinet describes the filming as a “heart-warming experience” and fondly recalls the judges complimenting his savory rosemary scones with crème anglaise, as well as judge chef Shobna Kannusamy thanking him for his service as a teacher.

Justin Gabinet
Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School, Sherwood Park

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