My name is Maureen Ra. I am a Canadian-Korean who was born and raised in the multicultural city of Toronto. I grew up with children from all around the world in my Toronto neighbourhood and this shaped my worldview so much so that multiculturalism is one of my core values and my true home culture. I’ve travelled to 30 countries, some multiple times. One of my favourite cities is Moshi, Tanzania where I’ve travelled to twice on outreach. If you’ve never been to Africa I highly recommend Moshi near Mount Kilimanjaro for the incomparable warmth of the local Tanzanians, for God’s breathtaking creation, and for His palpable joy in the children who live in children’s homes. I hope to spend more time traveling in Europe and in South America. I enjoy taking in and participating in the arts, reading, and now enjoying the beautiful Ladner and Tsawwassen areas.
I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, completing some of my courses while I was overseas in Bangkok, Thailand where I was blessed to be able to teach at an international Reggio Emilia based kindergarten with certified teachers from Ontario and Europe. While in Bangkok I put together a multi year plan in which I aimed to finish my degree, pursue teacher’s college, teach in Toronto for two years, and then go overseas to teach in international schools. I completed my Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University in Ontario, worked for two years as a Gr. 6 Homeroom/Gr. 6 Technology/Gr 7. Social Studies teacher with the Toronto District School Board before heading overseas.
I had opportunities to teach in international schools in Seoul, Beijing, TEDA Tianjin, and Shanghai and also locally on a First Nations reserve near Port Hardy, BC on Vancouver Island. These were all within the Pre K to Grade 1 grades, mostly Kindergarten. I also took time out of the classroom in the middle of my overseas teaching adventures to work as a Provincial Children’s Program Manager for a charitable organization in Toronto, Ontario to create and deliver justice education programs to Kindergarten through Grade 8 classrooms. My passion is teaching Kindergarten.
The Father’s love and presence is the source for all that I am and do as a Christian. God’s love is also the source of how and what I teach. God’s love equips me to love the children in my classroom, to see them through His eyes and then joyfully equip them during this foundational and exciting year of their lives.
I am passionate about the interwoven connectedness between gross/fine motor, sensory/cognitive development, social emotional, literacy, numeracy and STEAM! Singing, dancing, playing make believe and laughing are essential.
Establishing a caring connection with parents is an integral part of my role and essential for Kindergarten success. Working in partnership with families leads to optimal success in Kindergarten.