Stephanie McCann and Ellis Hayman are good friends, fellow students (completing their masters in education degrees in the Societies, Cultures and Languages stream) and full-time Faculty of Education employees! They live busy lives, but their passion for their jobs, interest in their studies and care for their friendship make it all worth it!
Stephanie has always had an interest in history and Indigenous studies. While doing her undergrad in history at uOttawa, she decided to take an introductory course in the Aboriginal Studies Program. She immediately knew that she wanted to pursue studies in this field and decided to complete a double major. Stephanie has been working at the Faculty of Education since 2008 and is now the administrative assistant for the Teacher Education Program. As the years went on, she developed a particular interest in education and wanted to study at the graduate level, combining all three of her passions. “It was never my intention to enroll in a graduate program in education, especially with a background in history and Indigenous studies. After witnessing what the Faculty had to offer, such as the various concentrations and the background of the Faculty’s professors, I was instantly hooked. My directors were very supportive and pushed me to purse my passion at the graduate level.” Today, Stephanie is able to apply her skills and interests not only in her work but also in her studies.
Ellis Hayman, the field placement assistant in the Teacher Education Program, already had a background in education. After completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, she received a bachelor of education from the University of British Columbia. “Graduate studies in education at the University of Ottawa had been recommended to me by former student and work colleagues, so I had no real hesitation in applying—I had heard great things!” Ellis, who has been working for the Teacher Education Program since 2014, considers herself fortunate to be both working and learning at the Faculty. “I’m always learning something new and interesting, which I love, so it makes putting in the extra time completely worth it.”
Working at the Faculty offers a unique insight into efforts that are made behind the scenes to enhance the student experience. “As an employee, I’ve had the good fortune to see first-hand what kind of supports are offered here. I know the great services available for students that make for meaningful student experiences,” says Ellis. “We’re also very lucky that the Faculty of Education offers convenient and flexible programs, which allows us to pursue our studies as well as our careers,” says Stephanie.
For more information on the Faculty and its programs, visit the Faculty of Education website.
The Faculty of Education is committed to addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. As part of our commitment, we have facilitated Project of Heart training for all of our Year 2 Primary/Junior teacher candidates and established a First Nations, Métis and Inuit Teacher Education advisory committee. We look forward to seeing the University of Ottawa sign an official memorandum of understanding with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, housed at the University of Manitoba. Both Stephanie McCann and Ellis Hayman have been instrumental in supporting our actions toward such commitments.
—Nicholas Ng-A-Fook, Director of Teacher Education