Amina DeVriesPK4 Teacher
At WES Since: 2022
Why did you become a teacher?
Growing up I struggled in school. I had to work twice as hard as my friends did to obtain a grade that was similar to theirs. I struggled to read and write at my grade level which made me feel small and not as smart as my peers. However, my learning strategist was able to explain that I learned differently than my peers and that I need more assistance. I was diagnosed with Dyslexia. She provided guidance but also gave me the strength and the will to push through the challenges and believe in myself again. Thanks to her work and her encouragement through my schooling, I always thought I wanted to be that kind of teacher in someone’s life. My passion for working with students came from my experience as a student. I became a teacher because I want to help students see that their challenges are not their weakness but rather their strengths which could open more opportunities than one could imagine. Sometimes the people we least expect can have the biggest impact on us.
“The greatest glory in living lies not in ever falling, but in rising every time you fall.” ~ Nelson Mandela~
Amina is joining us all the way from Canada! She has eight years of experience working with children, having served as a toddler teacher at the YMCA, a residential teacher at Ashbury College, and most recently as a special education assistant at the Queen Elizabeth Public School in Ottawa. She has a bachelor’s degree from Graceland University and a master’s degree in educational psychology from McGill University. In her spare time, she loves to be active through working out at a gym, playing a sport, or hiking. She enjoys cooking, exploring new places, and doing puzzles. She grew up in Kenya, and loves a good safari, too!