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Queen's University

Faculty of Education

Dear Queen's Supporter,

Dance is my passion.  I started ballet classes at the age of four, and I’ve been a dancer ever since.  I believe that dance is more than a form of self-expression.  It’s a way to understand our world and ourselves.

That’s why I chose Queen’s Artist in Community Education Program.  It is the only program of its kind in Ontario.  You can focus on education from an artistic perspective, and it provides the foundations that allow me to effectively incorporate arts education into traditional teaching practices.

What exactly does this mean?  Well, during my last teaching practicum, I was placed in a kindergarten class.  I wanted to teach the children about recognizing, creating and extending patterns, so I decided to teach through body movement.

As we made shapes with our bodies, everyone had to guess what the pattern was, then predict what the next shape would be.  Differentiated instructional strategies like this allow me to reach every child in personally meaningful ways.

Teacher candidate Savannah Hoag teaching dance to a class of young girls in a dance studio Teacher candidate Savannah Hoag in action

Learning beyond the classroom

At Queen’s we are not only given opportunities to be creative in the classroom, but to explore other educational venues through alternative practica.  I’m very excited to be joining the National Ballet of Canada’s educational outreach department for my alternative practicum.  Many of my fellow students are embarking on similar opportunities, joining galleries and theatre companies to apply the educational skills and knowledge they have acquired in the classroom to a broader context beyond the walls of a traditional school.

I am also the director of a small dance school for young children.  Although my ultimate goal is to teach children from K-6, the training I have received at Queen’s has helped me to become an even better teacher to my dance students.  I have felt supported in pursuing a career based firmly on my interests and passions. 

Expanding the possibilities for teaching and learning 

Queen’s Faculty of Education expands the possibilities for its students – and in turn, for our future students.  This is why teacher candidates choose Queen’s University.  Thanks to the Queen’s Artist in Community Education, Outdoor and Experiential Education, and Aboriginal Teacher Education programs, we are being prepared to become the next generation of committed, creative teachers.   

Queen’s students and graduates are proven leaders – and we can do so much more, given the opportunity.  That is exactly what your gift to Queen’s will do.  I hope you will add your support to the Teaching Excellence Fund in Education, where every gift creates opportunity. 

Yours truly,

Savannah Hoag
Class 2013



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