Who Am I?
My name is Carina, and I’m a 20-something high school teacher
living and working in downtown Toronto temporarily living and working in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Starting in September 2011, I have been working in a high school just outside of Abu Dhabi, teaching English to mostly “local” girls. It’s a challenge and a fantastic learning experience all at once.
As of summer 2011, I had finished my third year of full-time teaching, including one year as a mix between being a “normal teacher” and being a guidance counsellor, and another being a mix of a “normal teacher” and a teacher-librarian. For the 2010-2011 school year, I taught at a very small, alternative high school dealing with student who had mostly left school before and were returning to an academic environment for the first time in a while, or who were otherwise dramatically disengaged. For the 2009-2010 school year, I taught at a very small, specialized high school in a “priority” neighbourhood, dealing with students that had extremely low literacy skills and were almost always disengaged from the academic environment. In the 2008-2009 school year, I taught at a much larger, more academic school in a predominantly upper-class neighbourhood. Such a huge difference between the two.
Before that, I spent a year in teacher’s college getting my Bachelor of Education, and four years completing my Honours Bachelor of Arts. My undergraduate degree has a specialization in English and a minor in Cinema Studies, and my teaching degree focused primarily on inner-city education.
I love to read and love to write. My tastes range from the mild to the extremely eclectic. I will read almost anything as long as it appeals to me in some way, and I almost never leave a book unfinished, even if I don’t particularly end up enjoying it. I always want to know how it ends, and I try to be constructive in my analysis of what turned me off of a particular book.
What Do I Write About?
I write about a lot of different things on this blog, but generally keep to the topics of books, reading, and literacy. This includes everything from book reviews, readathons, and challenges to discussions about literacy education and reading engagement.
For me to write about books and reading, I believe that I also have to discuss the problems that society faces in terms of making sure that our next generation will be able to access the same materials – and the same enjoyment – that we do. So that’s what I do, as best as I can.
Want To Know More?
I recently wrote a post for Armchair BEA describing myself and this blog. It goes into a big more detail than this page about more recent things and what my goals are for Reading Through Life.