Episode #120: Many Gifts to Discover with Livia Chan
Livia Chan’s true calling was to be a classroom teacher. Her journey led her to serve on the District Staff Development Team in Learning Technologies and recently returned back to the classroom as the Head Teacher at Burnaby School District – SD41 in British Columbia, Canada. Livia has been affiliated with the Teach Better Team supporting educators who contribute to the team blog. There’s so much more about Livia and the gifts she discovered.
Growing up and what it was like as a student
I grew up in a relatively stable working-class community with a mix of Asians, Italians, and other cultures represented so there wasn’t much transiency in our population from K-12. I enjoyed going to school and loved learning new things. I was always active so I would often be found in the gym participating in lunch hour sports activities or after school practices (basketball and badminton). In high school, I also joined a number of clubs so by graduation, I had a lot of service points accumulated.
As an adult, I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree with a Criminology major and Psychology minor at our local university, Simon Fraser University (where my son attends now). Once I discovered that I was called to be an educator, I returned to complete my teaching degree. A few years later, I pursued my Masters degree at the other local campus, the University of British Columbia (where my daughter will be attending in the fall of 2021).
I absolutely LOVE to learn. Even though I left formal schooling, I have not stopped learning as I still see myself as a student and a daily learner.
Why family matters
Jason and I are the parents of two wonderful children, MJ and Saralynn (aged 19 and 17). We are proud of who they are as young adults because of their heart, their passion for things they love, their gratitude, and their kindness. I love how they’re good friends and they’re pretty cool to hang out with too!
Both kids did competitive swimming for a few years together. MJ played ice hockey for 13 years. Saralynn played ringette for 12 years including 3 years at the highest level for her age competing at Nationals (Canadian Ringette Championships). This is a picture of me this summer! It was the first time back on the ice after a few months off due to Covid restrictions.
I had the greatest blessing and honor to be a ringette coach for the 12 years my daughter played. We both are passionate about the sport. The ringette community is a tight-knit one. We both have made lifelong friendships as a result of a LOT of time spent together training for competitions plus 4-5 out-of-town tournaments a year during the most competitive years of ringette. I love the sport and my ringette family!
What is ringette? Watch this video to learn more!
Besides my own family, I am the oldest with two younger brothers. They both have amazing wives with two equally amazing children each. Our family is really close. We enjoy vacations together. My loving parents live in our basement suite so our house is like a hub for visits,
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