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Ingrid Bergman

Mother. Protector. Wanderer. Wonderer.

Ingrid Bergman was born in northern Ontario, to a Canadian mother and a Dutch father. She grew up in a rural area near London, Ontario, and currently resides in London with her two children. Ms. Bergman began her full-time teaching career at the age of 23, on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Later that year she returned to Canada and began working as an Ontario public school teacher. At the age of 31, her life-long dream of becoming a mother came true, with the birth of Ava. Two years later she was once again blessed, this time with a son named Ethan. She worked so hard for the lifelong dream of a quiet family life and a rewarding career, but it was not to be realized. A dysfunctional education system, domestic abuse, and cPTSD combined to create a reality for Ingrid that was far different than what she had longed for. As well, she was an undiagnosed autistic until the age of 44; this neurological difference is still often missed or misdiagnosed in women. Time has both humbled and invigorated Ingrid, as she blends her idealism with hard-won knowledge that could only be discovered through experience. Ingrid's life continues to be a journey filled with twists and turns. She is constantly learning to embrace those twists and turns, while pondering the bigger picture. People often introduce Ingrid as a teacher, but she identifies most strongly with being a mother. Ingrid knows that everyone has worth from the moment they are born regardless of whether other people see it; you don't need to earn worthiness because you already have innate value. She believes that the best way to teach her own children and her students to find their voice and their worth, is to discover and use her own voice.
Let's Go Back To A Time When Character Trumped

Let's Go Back To A Time When Character Trumped Personality

Trump is the ultimate example that extroverted personalities rule in North America, and that looking good is valued more than being good. And Trump is simply a reflection of many Americans' lack of critical thinking skills and empathy. Style has been valued over substance. Personality over character.
03/29/2017 11:27 EDT
What Happens When We

What Happens When We 'Die'?

The mystery of life after death continues. What happens when we "die"? This is one of the oldest questions of humankind, pondered
03/10/2017 02:44 EST
Don't Give Up On Truly Smaller Classes For Ontario

Don't Give Up On Truly Smaller Classes For Ontario Students

As a mother and as a teacher, I am saddened that the vast majority of members of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario voted to ratify the 2017-2019 extension agreement instead of fighting for truly smaller class sizes.
03/06/2017 10:48 EST
It's Time For Us To Be Honest About Our Own Mental

It's Time For Us To Be Honest About Our Own Mental Health

In teachers' college, I had an excellent professor who talked about removing oneself from a situation before it became critically difficult to deal with. I'll call it the 60 per cent rule, although he may have given a different number. Don't wait until you are at 99 per cent of what you can handle, when you are dealing with other people.
03/03/2017 09:02 EST
Ontario Should Learn From Finland's Example On Smaller Class

Ontario Should Learn From Finland's Example On Smaller Class Sizes

Currently, the public education system in Ontario seems more focused on looking good to the public than actually being the best it can be for the children. Ontario should look to Finland. They are now doing something right, but they weren't always #1 in education. In the 1970s they made a conscious systemic decision to focus on learning rather than performance.
02/27/2017 11:15 EST
It's Time For Ontario To Cap All Classrooms At 20

It's Time For Ontario To Cap All Classrooms At 20 Students

I don't want a four per cent raise. I want better learning conditions for our students and better working conditions for us. Most of all, I want to work on regaining the trust of the public again. Ontario has the greatest sub sovereign debt in the world. I don't want to leave that legacy for my own children or for my students.
02/22/2017 04:06 EST