“My philosophy on education is that students learn best by constructing their own knowledge, thinking critically, reflecting and 
making connections to their learning.  I have high expectations for my students and believe in their abilities.  I believe that a teacher needs to continually reach for the stars.  Be that person that model’s success in every aspect of life.  Teachers must remember that learning and the acquisition of knowledge is “process not a product” (Gilbert, 2007).  


The process needs to be engaging and authentic.  Each student is different and will need to learn and 

acquire knowledge at different paces and through different mediums.   Teachers need to let students 

to be active participants in their learning.  


Learning is a collaborative effort and must be meaningful to students.  Learning happens beyond the classroom walls.  Some of the best teachers are parents and family members that work hard to teach their children values and morals that will shape them into responsible citizens of the future.  Technology and learning go hand-in-hand!  Technology is a powerful tool that can not only engage students but also play an important part in their acquisition of knowledge.  


I firmly believe that any good teacher is a life long learner.  We as teachers need to take risks and trust that students have the ability to become empowered in their own learning.”

                                                                                                                                    Jen MacDougall - August, 2016



Contact information:
Sister Mary Phillips Elementary School
780-799-5720
jm2911@fmcsd.ab.ca