At the Centre is an ongoing blog series that features Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement (CEIIA) faculty and staff.
Charlotte Beaubier has been a faculty member at the CEIIA since 1999. She is an instructor in the Youth in Transition (YiT) program, a full-time LINC program for immigrant youth between the ages of 18 and 24. Charlotte enjoys almost everything about her job. She is positively enthusiastic about her learners, and she values the team approach of the YiT program. Two years ago, she spearheaded a professional development community of practice for CEIIA faculty.
What do you like most about your job?
I love the learners!! I find the youth keep me young and on my toes. I love learning about their cultures and helping them succeed in Canada. I get a high level of satisfaction from watching them learn and succeed. I love working with my team as well. We share a lot of ideas and they are very supportive people.
What’s one thing that you’ve learned since working here?
I have to say that I learn something new every day. However, one of the big things that I have learned is to be flexible and go with the flow. Sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to and that is o.k..
What do you value most about your colleagues?
I have to say that I feel very lucky to work with such kind and supportive people. They are always there to support me both professionally and personally.
Who is an educator that has impacted your life?
When I was in high school I used to babysit for the Head of the Linguistics department at Memorial University, and he always encouraged me to try a linguistics course. So I did, and I never looked back!
What are three traits that are important in your role?
Creativity, flexibility and understanding
What is your favourite go-to resource?
In YiT we create a lot of our own materials, so I use a lot of web based resources like TED talks, Learn English with CBC, and Breaking News English.
Can you describe an aha moment you have experienced in your role?
There was a time when I was working on a project that had never been done before, and I wasn’t feeling very confident about it. Consequently, I learned to push myself to think outside of the box, and it was more successful than I had imagined. My aha moment came when I realized that I grow more as a teacher when I am out of my comfort zone, and I now welcome challenges.
What do you want to learn this year?
I would like to learn to be more organized.
What is your favourite book?
Bel Canto by Anne Patchett
Name one thing about yourself that most people don’t know.
Everyone knows I was raised in Newfoundland. However, I was actually born here in Calgary.