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Hello, my name is Krista DeVos and I have been teaching English at various levels for five years at Kelvin High School. I received both my Bachelor of Arts and my Bachelor of Education from the University of Winnipeg. Aside from teaching, I enjoy climbing and hiking.
I began my teaching career in Vancouver in 1997. I taught in two schools, gaining experience with the Advanced Placement program and a long-standing Gifted & Talented program. In 2001, I took a leave of absence and moved to Manitoba to complete a Master’s degree in education in curriculum and instruction with a focus on language and literacy at the University of Manitoba. In addition to my M.Ed, I hold a B.A. in English Literature and a B.Ed in Secondary teaching from the University of British Columbia.
I was offered a job at Kelvin in September of 2001 – two blocks of Math 9! It may seem odd that I accepted, but I began university with the intent of pursuing a degree in Mathematics and then a career as an Actuary. The uncertainties of Literature became more interesting to me than the uncertainties of statistics and insurance.
At Kelvin, I have been teaching IB Theory of Knowledge since 2003, IB English since 2004 and, for one year, IB Economics. I have been Department Head of English at Kelvin since 2006, and I became an IB Examiner in 2011.
Outside of finding delight in Mathematics, Literature and teaching, I enjoy playing racquet sports, getting behind the wheel to explore a well-known or an unknown road and, finally, spending time with a few people who have enriched and transformed my life.
I am Anne-Marie Hanson and I am a lover of literature! While in high school I read Wuthering Heights and was bewildered by a book’s ability to awaken thoughts, ideas and feelings within me that I didn’t even know existed! This sense of wonder informed my decision to study English Literature and History at university, and the prospect of spending my days igniting this same curiosity and amazement in young minds was central to my decision to pursue Education at the University of Winnipeg. Since 2007, I have had the good fortune to teach in the English Department at Kelvin High School, allowing me the daily opportunity to share my passion with engaged students and learn from talented colleagues. I currently teach Grade 10 IB English and Grade 12 IB English, and see, first hand, that when great literature is put in students’ hands, when great questions are asked of them and of the literature, and when high expectations are maintained, students will rise to the challenge with enthusiasm and wonder. In addition to teaching in the IB Programme, I teach a variety of Grade 10-12 Academic English courses, co-lead Shakespeare Club, run Kelvin’s Holiday Breakfast Project, serve on the Awards and PD Committees and read—a lot!