Buffalo Lake woman makes history
Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 01:32 pm
Delorme is believed to be the first person born and raised on the Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement to become a teacher. She is quite proud of this accomplishment, though she is also a bit surprised by it, and says her desire to teach is what drives her.
“I enjoy being with youth and I enjoy instilling knowledge,” she said. “I didn’t realize I’d be the first teacher out of Buffalo Lake.”
Special college program
Delorme has also been able to find work in her home region, as she has been working as a Grade 4 teacher at Ecole Plamondon since January on a contract basis after finishing her practicum, which is a placement aspiring teachers are assigned to where they are learn by watching a more experienced teacher teach.
Starting in September, she also recently found out that will be working full-time as a Grade 5 and 8 teacher in language arts at Aurora Middle School in Lac La Biche.
“I’m still shocked I got the job,” she said. “I’m excited and nervous.”
How she got here
Delorme said she has always had the instinct to become a teacher, part of which came from the people she grew up admiring in her community.
“I’ve always looked up to teachers. I wanted to strive to be like that,” she said.
But Delorme’s path to becoming a teacher was not so straightforward.
Out of high school, she first went to Portage College to get training as an educational assistant. She then went back to Buffalo Lake to work at their family centre, which she did for a couple of years.
On top of all of this, she also took some time off to take care of her children (she has three children aged 10, 5 and 2). But through it all, her original passion was calling her.
“I wanted to be a teacher,” she said.
Aboriginal program partnership
“[In ATEP], it’s about half-aboriginal, half-not,” she said.
She said she was particularly lucky to have found that the program was offered at Portage College and therefore was offered reasonably close to home.
“The best thing about doing it at Portage was that I could do it here,” she said. “But I was driven enough I would have moved to the city to get it there.”
Lots of support
Delorme gave a substantial amount of credit to a supportive family and community for helping her get through difficult personal challenges to achieve her goals.
“My dad always wanted me to do well, and mom absolutely encouraged me, and was more vocal about it,” she said. “I have a fantastic family.”
Through the years of personal struggle and wandering, Delorme believes that she has found what she truly believes is her calling.
“I really, really enjoy it,” said Delorme. “It’s what I’m meant to do.”
Before starting at Aurora Middle School, Delorme said she is taking the summer off to camp, spend time with her children and even attend a mixed-gender national slo-pitch tournament in the province of Quebec.