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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Helping children learn and grow

Jessica Bishop

Jessica Bishop
Class of 2010
Bachelor of Education

Confidence: this is perhaps the most significant asset Jessica acquired from UOIT.

She was drawn to the field of education because she wanted to work with children to help them learn and grow. And she chose UOIT as the university where she wanted to earn her degree because that's where her boyfriend at the time (now husband) completed his undergraduate degree - and he loved the experience. Jessica particularly values the helpful course options and highly experienced professors who made her feel confident moving forward in her teaching career. Since graduating, she has found that she has been consistently using what she learned at UOIT.

Jessica's goal was to work for the Durham District School Board; she achieved this in 2013 when she joined the board as an occasional teacher. She's now a long-term occasional developmental class teacher. While she's aiming for a permanent position, Jessica knows the road is a long one, but she is prepared to do what is needed. "I always keep in mind something one of my professors told us: 'Whatever you do, keep working with kids.'"

Jessica followed this advice and finds that her work experiences have all contributed to her professional development and help to make her a better teacher. She has worked as an instructor therapist and tutor and as a primary/junior teacher for Exceptional Learning Centre, which provides education, speech and language and behaviour therapy to children and youth with unique learning needs. She's also worked with pre-school and kindergarten-age children as:

  • Professional skating coach at the Ajax Skating Club
  • Recreation assistant for children with special needs at the Grandview Children's Centre
  • Early learning facilitator at the YMCA
  • Supply teacher at Richland Academy
  • Volunteer teaching assistant at Glen Dhu Public school
  • Tutor and child caregiver

Jessica continues to work hard to establish herself as a valued teacher at the Durham District School Board. While she's looking forward to what the future will bring, she recalls graduation as one of the best days of her life. "I had such a wonderful time at UOIT and felt so well-prepared to take on the world as a highly skilled teacher."