Please Welcome, Ms. Vande Voorde

On November 5th, the students, staff and community members welcomed a new teacher to their school: Ms. Heather Vande Voorde.

Ms. Vande Voorde is a graduate from the University of Alberta in 2009 and has been teaching for the past nine years. She spent the majority of these years teaching on a Hutterite Colony near Edgerton.   

“I moved to Edson back in June of this year to be closer to my family,” says Vande Voorde who originates from Drayton Valley. “I’ve been substitute teaching in the area since I moved here, and I must say that this school has been by far the most welcoming and friendly environment I’ve ever been a part of.”   

Vande Voorde graduated from the U of A with a major in Elementary Education specializing in Middle Years, and minors in Home Economics and Education Psychology.

“This background is what really made Ms. Vande Voorde our top choice for the position,” says Principal Bill McGowan. “We were looking for someone to play an intricate role in our Inclusive Education program. With her experience we believe that Ms. Vande Voorde is the right person for the job.”

This year, Vande Voorde will be seen teaching English 10-2, English and Science for the grade 9 Lifeskills students, and Reading Enhancements 7, 8, and 9.

Thus far Vande Voorde has been really impressed with the school environment at Holy Redeemer. “It feels like home,” she says. “Everyone is so welcoming that I feel like I really belong here.”

When asked if she will be helping to run or organize any extra-curricular activities at the school, Vande Voorde says she will helping out in some way once she gets settled in her new role. “I want to be sure I’m making the right connections teaching my classes and having a positive impact within the Inclusive Ed Program. Once I’m confident there, I’ll certainly be helping wherever the school needs it.”

Outside of school, Vande Voorde is interested in crocheting, card making, wood crafting, and many other crafting activities. On top of that, she is also preparing a wedding as she is getting married next summer.

“It’s certainly a busy time,” she says. “But I hope that things work out here and that Edson can be by home for many years to come. The students and staff at Holy Redeemer are truly amazing and I’m looking forward to having a great school year.”