Teacher Feature: Teachers make a difference

Callie Hermanson
Lakeisde Leader

School teacher Yolande Klyne has been in Slave Lake for over 18 years. She grew up in Edmonton and as a teenager her family moved to Wainwright Alta.

“I came up to Slave Lake to visit my brother and never left,” she says.

Klyne has worked as a elementary teacher at CJ Schurter School for six years and currently teaches Grade 3.

Klyne is married and has two children, two step children and two grand kids.

Klyne says her kids are all grown up and her daughter, who is the youngest, is going to be graduating this year from Roland Michener Secondary School and will be attending NAIT taking the Denturist Technology program to become a denturist..

Klyne say teaching was always something she wanted to pursue, as her dad was a teacher.

Klyne explains her parents had gotten divorced and her mom as a single mother couldn’t afford to send her to university.

“So becoming a teacher was something I actually chose to do later in life.”

Klyne mentions she was working at Tolko and one day just made the decision to go back to school. She adds her husband was very supportive of the decision.

“We decided it was time for me to do what I really had wanted to do.”

Klyne did two years of schooling in Slave Lake at Northern Lakes College. She then attended Grande Prairie Regional College for a year and lastly she attended the University of Alberta for her last year of school.

Klyne says her favourite thing about being a teacher is developing relationships with her students and watching their growth and progress over the year.

She adds she also likes to maintain those relationships.

“I had students who are in Grade 8 now that I still receive emails and notes from.” “It’s one of those things where your spending an entire year in a child’s life and that relationship doesn’t just end when the school year is over.”

She says she always thinks about them and wonders about them.

Klyne says she has always taught elementary school. She did teach a little bit of junior high when she was doing her practicum or when she was a substitute, but she says she had always known elementary was where it was at.

Klyne loves teaching math and social studies.

“The social studies curriculum in Grade 3 is fantastic, because it is when students really start learning about the world.”

Klyne says her students will start to study Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine and India. She explains it is the kids’ first glimpse out of town or even the province and they start to realize how big the world really is.

CJ Schurter teacher Yolande Klyne

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