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Sarah Collins

Parent, Teacher, Author

Sarah Collins has a one thought commute, living just five doors from the elementary school in Vancouver where her three children attend and she teaches primary grades. "We try to take each year as it comes," she says, "and I never teach my kids or wear my Mom-hat in the staff room. None of my colleagues have complained yet, but the coffee gift cards might have something to do with that."

Sarah enjoys co-leading the school choir, supporting green initiatives, and playing soccer with local moms.

(PJ) Sarah Collins is also an award-winning children's author and an enthusiastic soccer goalie.
I Fear For The Aging Brains Of Extreme Sports

I Fear For The Aging Brains Of Extreme Sports Athletes

We now know that concussion's effects are cumulative and that repeated head trauma effects can take two generations to show up. Doesn't that make you want to take a second look at extreme sports? Because, let's face it: extreme sports are a growing phenomenon on the Olympic and international stage.
07/28/2016 01:25 EDT
If Students Were Money And Schools Were Banks, Then Teachers Would

If Students Were Money And Schools Were Banks, Then Teachers Would Be...

Begin additional duties during entire contract term including: motivational speaker, crisis care manager, strategist, behavioral specialist, materials manager, writer, public relations representative, technology manager, first aid attendant, complaints department manager, and role model.
08/21/2014 03:24 EDT
How Technology Helped My Dyslexic And Dysgraphic

How Technology Helped My Dyslexic And Dysgraphic Son

Last year, when he was in Grade 5, we both had access to iPads -- his through a gift using my brother's Save-On More points, mine through my school principal -- and we both began to explore the potential of this technology.
08/05/2014 07:11 EDT
Classic Movies That Inspire Modern-Day

Classic Movies That Inspire Modern-Day Hope

The artist's role is, arguably, to give hope, to shine it into the every corner of our current reality. But it seems when we want a break from real life, we watch a movie. There have been eras of film when the combined artistry of screenwriters, actors and directors would regularly switch all that around. And our screen entertainment wasn't just a guilty pleasure.
07/24/2014 05:24 EDT
A Hockey Mom's Guide To The Grouse

A Hockey Mom's Guide To The Grouse Grind

There are all types of excellent blogs and guides to the Grind written by twiggy fitness experts; this is not one of them. Here are 10 essential tips everyday Moms need to know to survive their trips up the mountain.
07/24/2014 02:49 EDT
I've Waited Most Of My Life To Stand In My Father's Ski

I've Waited Most Of My Life To Stand In My Father's Ski Boots

Today I am the exact age my dad was when he died in a freak ski accident. Back then, I was 16: self-centred, emotional, athletic, and focused. He was 43 and nine days: broody, generous, heavy-handed, and hot-tempered. Sometimes we collided. Often I hid.
07/07/2014 06:33 EDT
A Letter To B.C. Parents, From A Striking

A Letter To B.C. Parents, From A Striking Teacher

I often think of the raw deal you've been given when I'm on the line. Your child has moved on from our labour dispute weeks ago, and is enjoying an early break to their summer. But we haven't mentioned in the media enough about how much you've been inconvenienced with the erratic interruptions to your work schedule and the juggling you've undertaken to keep everyone in your care safe, engaged, and happy.
06/30/2014 06:42 EDT
I Voted No To Full-Scale B.C. Teachers'

I Voted No To Full-Scale B.C. Teachers' Strike

Although I fully support my teaching colleagues, I am also a parent. My three kids attend the same neighbourhood school in which I teach Grade 3. I know how valuable the learning is that takes place in June and I wanted my own children to have a solid end to the year. I believe children need powerful endings as much as they need strong beginnings and for this reason, I voted no.
06/11/2014 12:13 EDT
Students Depend On Schools For Safe

Students Depend On Schools For Safe Community

It's a triage situation every day, and all the while, teachers must continue to create equitable and optimal conditions for learning. For many students, school is their safe, happy place; weekends and holidays are unpredictable.
06/10/2014 02:17 EDT