This is the second in a series of introduction articles to the new teachers in Slave Lake and the surrounding area.
Smith School has two new teachers, both are from the area around Sylvan Lake.
Kailey Lebsack grew up in Spruce View, south of Sylvan Lake. Bryce Marshall grew up in Sylvan Lake.
Both graduated in the spring and are in their first year of teaching.
Last May, Lebsack moved to Smith two days after she finished her last exam. She started teaching right away. This fall starts her first full year of teaching.
“I really like being with kids, but I feel the reason I became a teacher was to help the kids that fall through the cracks,” Lebsack says. “A lot of them need an extra cheerleader, and I want to be that cheerleader.”
Lebsack teaches the Kindergarten and Grade 1 class.
“I love it (Smith),” says Lebsack. “It’s a really awesome community. Everyone’s so friendly and includes each other.”
Marshall moved to Smith with his fiance in mid-August. She’s going to be covering a maternity leave soon at CJ Schurter Elementary School in Slave Lake.
“I love it (Smith),” says Marshall. “I’ve always enjoyed small towns and I’ve always wanted to teach in one.”
Marshall teaches Grade 8 and 9 homeroom, plus Grade 4 to 9 Social Studies, Grade 6 to 9 Language Arts, and a sports performance option class.
“My dad’s a teacher, so I grew up with that kind of life around me,” Marshall says. “He enjoyed it a lot. He never missed any of our sports. I like helping people and seeing people succeed.”
Both Marshall and Lebsack have a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. Marshall started out at Red Deer College, before completing his studies at the University of Alberta.