Hi folks!

“Smiling is my favourite” (Elf, 2003) selfie by Ms. Spencer.

Welcome to Spencer’s classroom!

Have a look around to learn more about Ms. Spencer and how she teaches.

“No one should teach who is not in love with teaching.”

Poet Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

As a student in Ms. Spencer’s class, you will

feel seen & heard

feel safe to take risks & fail

have the space to be curious and creative

learn from authentic feedback

struggle with big ideas & tough conversations

build resilience & stamina

sense belonging & community

have access & agency

feel supported on your road to personal success

Genuine connection is Ms. Spencer’s core value.
Photo credit: Ms. Spencer
Ms. Spencer loves making things!
Photo credit: Mr. Hucal

At the beginning of the year, Ms. Spencer was concerned she wouldn’t find a way to connect with one particular student. They were so quiet and shy. They hid their paper from Ms. Spencer as she walked around the room as the students worked. She made a concerted effort to find out more about them through the year. She gave them lots of space as well. Ms. Spencer went out of her way to demonstrate that she saw them and cared about their success.

During Ms. Spencer’s lesson in her final week in the classroom, this student went to the front of the room and performed a poem they had written in front of the entire class!

Ms. Spencer likes to engage with students at their level. She spends a lot of time wandering the classroom and crouching for one-on-ones at desks. She loves trying things and making a mess in the name of creativity. Ms. Spencer is not afraid to make mistakes in front of her students