Caitlin Vail, one of our talented English teachers, currently teaches ENG1P, ENG1D, and ENG3U. She is excited to be part of our online community where she is able to meet students from all over the world.
Ms. Vail shared some of her story with us:
In 2009, I graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours. I double-majored in English and Geography and received a Certificate in Urban Studies. One of the most rewarding experiences at York was volunteering for a program called “Peace by PEACE” which taught a conflict-resolution curriculum to at-risk grade 5 students in the Jane and Finch area. From my first day in the classroom to the last, I saw an inspiring transformation in my students. Many of these students had behavioural difficulties and were fearful about going to school where they might witness fights or see weapons on the playground. By the end of the program, friendships were formed, a sense of community was developed, and the overall school environment felt safer.
After finishing her program at York University, Ms. Vail pursued her Bachelor of Education at Western University where she graduated in 2011 with distinction. Since then, she has completed five additional qualification courses to further her teaching skills. She says, “As a lifelong learner, I am always looking for new courses to take and seeking opportunities to grow.”
Before coming to Virtual High School, Ms. Vail taught ENG1P, ENG3U, and ENG4C at a public secondary school in Ontario. During her time there, she coached the girl’s lacrosse team, co-ran the Anti-Bullying Club, and went on to teach ENG4U through the summer. After this teaching assignment, Ms. Vail moved back to Huron County and started a baking and catering business with her husband called Cait’s Kitchen. Today, Ms. Vail continues to run this business with her husband while teaching students online with VHS.
Coordinators in the English department have commented extremely favourably on Ms. Vail’s supportive, always helpful feedback to her students, her attention to detail in assessing student work, and her enthusiastic approach to the material in her courses. Combining her family business with teaching is working out well for students and members of the local community all of whom enjoy Ms. Vail’s work whether it relates to her wonderful baking or to the teaching she does so capably.