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Nathan Clark

My name is Nathan Clark, and I am proud to be given the opportunity to teach at Chinook. I moved here from Jasper, Alberta in 2018 and taught for a year at Chinook, after teaching in Jasper and central Alberta over the past 15 years. This year (September - December 2019) has been especially challenging, as I was diagnosed in June with type 2 diabetes, and then thyroid cancer in August. Nevertheless, beginning at the end of December and into 2020 I am back teaching at Chinook and look forward to being a teacher again, as I am more or less recovered from my surgery and treatment and I am eager to move on.

My teaching philosophy has always revolved around a simple fact: anyone is capable of greatness, especially young people. My role as a teacher is particularly vital in helping my students see and embrace this fact. While I adhere to and am quite familiar with the demands of the curriculum, I insist that my students look beyond simple responses and easy learning. I hope to challenge students to think deeply, to look for meaning in media and literature, to read critically and objectively, to ask challenging questions of themselves and to seek for opportunities to learn through authentic, constant feedback. I hope that they choose to respond in the same way - critically, persuasively and objectively, in the hopes that they will become confident communicators in preparation for life in a society that requires and thrives on effective communication.

I invite open communication with both students and parents, and I prefer to be contacted first in the event of any conflict that may arise. Feel free to email me at nathan.clark@lethsd.ab.ca and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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