|STUDENT TEACHER RETURNS TO HER FORMER CLASSROOM|
MONTREAL, DECEMBER 13, 2017- Amanda Guedes loved her days as a student at Our Lady of Pompei Elementary School in Ahuntsic. Eleven years ago, her Grade 5 teacher was Athanasia Papamichelakis.
Now in her third year at McGill University, completing a Bachelor’s of Education Degree, Amanda is a student teacher at Our Lady of Pompei. As luck would have it, she was assigned to work under Ms. Papamichelakis.
“Throughout the course of my Grade 5 year, Ms. Papamichelakis. had become my favorite elementary teacher,” Amanda recalls. “She was always so full of energy, made us laugh, and made us feel as more than just her students. She was an amazing teacher; always organized, on top of everything, and ready for any problems that may arise. I aspired to be that kind of teacher when I got older and I had a role model of one right in front of me! Now, eleven years later, I had the amazing opportunity to be Ms. Papamichelakis' student teacher for three months.
“When I saw that it was her name as my ‘cooperating teacher,’ I was thrilled and excited. I knew that I would be able to thrive throughout my fieldwork by having her as my mentor. Sure enough, it has been one of the best learning experiences. I have gained an extensive amount of knowledge, tips, and advice from her. From being my favorite elementary teacher to now being my favorite cooperating teacher, I am extremely grateful for having the chance to teach alongside Miss Papamichelakis. Being in her class has felt like going back eleven years through a time machine.”
Michael J. Cohen