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Looking forward to teaching French in a new city

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As the start of a new school year, many students and staff will experience milestones. From a kindergarten student’s first day at school, to a Grade 12 student’s first day of their last year, this series of “firsts” will look into those particular experiences. Follow along Tuesdays and Thursdays for the month of September 2021 as we share stories from Vancouver School District students and staff.

As the new school year kicks off, Barbora Borovsky is ready to jump into her new role at Churchill Secondary teaching French Immersion. After moving her career this past summer from the York Region District School Board to the Vancouver School District, Borovsky is thrilled to start her new adventure and get back to in-person learning.

Borovsky has always had a passion for French language. With the support received from her Grade 12 French teacher, she always knew her dream of becoming a French teacher would be possible. Now after four years of teaching French, Borovsky is motivated to help her students discover their passions, French or any other subject.

“As a teacher, I love getting to know my students on an individual basis,” she explains. “I’m not in this work to just give you a grade, I am here to help you figure out where you want to go in your life.”

As a French teacher, Borovsky says she constantly looks forward to learning more about the French language to challenge herself. “I like to educate myself on the advancing French language so my students are exposed to the highest quality of French they can have at the secondary level,” she explains. “It is important for me to give my students the tools they need to be successful, to express themselves, and help them communicate in a different language,” she adds.

Building relationships with her students is at the top of her list. In addition to living in a new city, Borovsky is also looking forward to getting involved in her school community.

“I am really looking forward to just getting to know people,” she shares. “After moving to a new city, I think it is important to be kind to others and to always remain open to new experiences.”

Borovsky says she is already starting to sign up for school clubs, teams, and committees such as the anti-racism committee. “In addition to challenging myself, I think it is very important as a teacher to make sure the school environment is a positive one for all students.”

With the new school year already underway, Borovsky shares some back-to-school advice for her students:

“To be kind and respectful to others is the most valuable lesson you can learn. Always work towards kindness, be the bigger person, encourage other students, and lift each other up. This will set an example for yourself and for others. It may be difficult to practice at first, but it does start with being kind to yourself.”

To read more of these stories, follow the District’s Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Twitter accounts. This series of “firsts” will be posted every Tuesday and Thursday for the month of September.

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