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Meet the Team: Janna Sullivan, Kindergarten Teacher

Get to know Ms. Janna Sullivan, who is in her eighth year at GNS, where she has worked at both the Pemberton Woods and Beach Drive Campuses. She tells us what’s her favourite part of the day, and what she enjoys about living in Victoria. 
1. What made you want to be part of the GNS community? 
The magic of the beach! The people and spaces that make our school the most magical one that I’ve ever had the pleasure to teach at. From our learners, to our families, and all of the staff and faculty—it’s wonderful to be a Gryphon!

Having the beach as your playground and the ocean framed by your classroom windows! This ever changing source of inspiration and inquiry, captivates the imagination of every learner—including this teacher. I am so appreciative to have heroes in our GNS community who have helped to make this magic a reality.

2. How did you choose teaching as a career path? 
I always loved school as a student. I was fortunate to have educators that made learning fun and exciting along the way, especially Miss Howe, my beloved Grade 2 teacher. I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. When I finished my first degree, pursuing my teaching certification seemed like the natural next step, and it was absolutely a step in the right direction for me. Each day is a new adventure alongside an amazing community of Kindergarten learners. My days are filled with play, inquiry, creativity, fun, discovery and laughter. 

3. What is the best thing about your day and why? 
Kindergarten is such a fun place to be, it’s hard to choose just one best thing. The joy, laughter and excitement that five year olds sprinkle everywhere they go. Our classroom is always a buzz with songs, giggles, stories, discoveries and announcements of wiggly teeth! I love opening the door to greet the Kindies each morning. They’re bursting with news to share and full of smiles. What a wonderful way to start the day! There’s nothing like sitting beside a Kindie the first time that they discover that they are a reader. I get goosebumps each and every time, knowing what an exciting world of wonder awaits them. And of course, there’s our dance parties! 

4 What are some of your interests outside of school?
Travel. Books–love curling up with a good book on a rainy day by the fireplace. Walks and adventures around our beautiful island.

5. What is something most people don’t know about you? 
I was fortunate to get a teaching position right after graduation. This meant accepting a position on a Thursday, moving to the Interior on the Saturday, and starting my new position on the Monday. 

My position was as the Kindergarten/Grade 1 and 2 teacher in a two-classroom schoolhouse. We didn’t have a bell system so it was my responsibility to bang a drum when it was time for the students to come in from recess. It felt like my very own ‘Little House on the Prairie’ to this city slicker. 

6. What do you like about living and working in Victoria?
I love the access to nature that we have right at our doorstep. There’s so many neat places to discover and explore. I’m just as excited as our Kindies to head out on our weekly nature school adventures, knowing that our nature detectives will likely spy animals, and they do. Everything from seals, to otters, cranes, eagles, and even whales off of Oak Bay Marina! 
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