Making a difference in the teaching profession

We discuss professional integration, support for teachers and well-being with Eryka Desrosiers, teacher of English and Spanish at Collège Champagneur and author of the book "Diary of a new teacher, from university to university. classroom ”.

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We discuss professional integration, support for teachers and well-being with Eryka Desrosiers, teacher of English and Spanish at Collège Champagneur and author of the book " Diary of a New Teacher, College to the Classroom ".

Today, one in four teachers leaves the profession less than five years after the start of their career. Eryka is in her sixth year of teaching. She passed the fateful five-year mark, but she could very well have been one of those dropping out. Indeed, the first years were difficult, because she felt that her methods were not working. Eryka found herself at a crossroads and had to make a choice: change jobs or persevere by trying to make a difference. She chose the second option.

In order to do her part to promote professional integration, Eryka wrote the book she would have liked to have in her hands when she left university. A book that bridges the gap between theory and classroom reality. She also uses video to meet new teachers, share her experience and answer their questions.

In this interview, Eryka points out that it is difficult for teachers to live up to the growing expectations of them. Despite the demands of the teaching profession, she came to understand that she had to take time for herself and find out who she was as a person outside of teaching.

We invite you to listen to this interview to learn more about Eryka's journey and to discover the strategies she has adopted to find balance.

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About the Author

Marc-André Girard
Marc-André Girard holds a bachelor's degree in humanities education (1999), a master's degree in history teaching (2003) and a master's degree in educational management (2013). He is currently a doctoral student in school administration. He specializes in change management in schools as well as in educational leadership. He is also interested in 21st century skills to be developed in education. He holds a managerial position in a public primary school and gives lectures on educational leadership, pedagogical approaches, change in the school environment as well as on the professionalization of teaching. He took part in educational expeditions to France, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Morocco. In September 2014, he published the book “Le change en milieu scolaire québécois” with Éditions Reynald Goulet and, in 2019, he published a trilogy on the school of the 21st century with the same publisher. He frequently collaborates with L'École branchée on educational issues. He is very involved in everything that surrounds the professional development of teachers and school administrators as well as the integration of ICT in education. In March 2016, he received a CHAPO award from AQUOPS for his overall involvement.