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Creative colleagues

Teachers have their own extracurricular activities. Here are some endeavours undertaken by your colleagues "out there."

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Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo and Ihkapaskwa Indigenous Wellness Collective

When not in the classroom, teacher Chelsi Ryan serves as a director for the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo, Canada’s largest recreational complex and a space committed to inspiring area residents to gather, play and connect. In addition, she is a board member of the Ihkapaskwa Indigenous Wellness Collective, an organization in Wood Buffalo composed of Indigenous birth workers who bridge the gap between westernized health services and the reclamation of cultural traditions related to childbirth and family relations.

Beacon Hill School, Fort McMurray


Peace Country Cowboys

Dusty Sage, a high school physical education specialist, actively volunteers in her community. Her 21 years of teaching and coaching experience in the public school system has afforded her opportunities to give back in a unique and dynamic way, including as the first female president of a senior men’s football program, the Peace Country Cowboys, in the Alberta Football League. Sage was also selected as one of the coaches for the U16 Girls Alberta volleyball team that attended the North American Indigenous Games in Halifax in July 2023.

Charles Spencer High School, Grande Prairie


Donair Talk

Pam Arnason and Brad Langdale, four high school teachers from Parkland ATA Local 10, who travel the greater Edmonton area seeking out the region’s best donairs, all while talking about whatever is on their minds. The podcast’s mix of light-hearted humour, touching moments and food reviews will have you laughing all the way to your local donair place. Donair Talk: where we eat, and talk about, donairs.

Spruce Grove Composite High School, Spruce Grove
@DonairTalk on X (formerly Twitter)


Teacher planners

Teacher colleagues and best friends Katie Kosteriva and Megan Davey run a local business that specializes in teacher planners. With more than 20 years of combined teaching experience from kindergarten to Grade 12, they created a planning tool with many unique pages for personal reminders, goal setting, curriculum overview and student checklists, as well

as vertical timed and blocked layouts. They now offer a range of products, including the newest offering: crewnecks and t-shirts. Take a look at the website for more information.

Mother Margaret Mary Catholic High School, Edmonton | Instagram @twoplannerbabes

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