My name is Mackenzie Thompson, and I grew up in Tisdale, Saskatchewan. I was born in May of 1997, and I am 18 years old. I completed my schooling at Tisdale Middle and Secondary School, where I graduated in June of 2015. I have one sister a year younger, named Mattea. My mom is a teacher of ABE at Cumberland Regional College in Tisdale, and my dad works for Cervus. My whole family is very encouraging and supportive of me as I begin my journey to becoming an educator.
I was involved with many different sports throughout my schooling years, but the most important to me were volleyball, basketball, and badminton. I played on the school’s badminton team for 4 years, from grades 9-12. I also played basketball for many years, 4 in total. Volleyball was my main sport, as I played on the school team from grades 6-12 and also on a club team, Tisdale Kaos, for 6 years. Playing all these sports allowed me to build excellent leadership and teamwork skills. I also volunteered in a grade 6 classroom for my final semester of high school, as well as worked with children at a daycare during the summer before I started University.
I’ve wanted to become a teacher for as long as I can remember. My mom was a huge inspiration for me to choose this as my future career, as well as all the teachers I had during my schooling. After working with the many different age groups of children that I have encountered in my volunteer work, daycare work, and in my field experience, I am confident that becoming an educator is what I want to do. I could not be more excited to start this journey.