Welcome to the first edition of Faculty Friday!
Every couple of weeks we will be publishing a Q&A with a teacher or staff member to help us get to know, and showcase the amazing people we have working at SMS.
We are kicking off Faculty Friday with one of our more senior (in years of work at SMS, not age), staff members, Ms. Nancy Pekter. Ms. Pekter has been at SMS for 17 years!
What grade/subject do you teach?
Currently, I teach English 9, 11, 12, and Advanced Placement English Literature & Composition. When I started at SMS, I taught English 9, 11, Literature 12, AP Engl. Lit. & Comp. as well as AP Engl. Language & Comp., Social Studies 7, SS 10, and T1 SS.
What is your favourite subject/unit to teach?
English, of course! I do love teaching Shakespeare (Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest), but I also love teaching creative writing (as a course in Writing 12 or within my regular English classes). The inquiry project I authored for English 9 to go along with The Whale Rider is also a favourite, as is the WWII unit I do with Elie Wiesel’s autobiography, Night, and Anne Frank’s Diary with my Grade 11s.
What book do you give most as a gift?
I tend to tailor books to the recipient, though, lately, since my own book was published, I have tended to give that one (The Path to Kitty Islet, published in 2016). Proud though I am of it, it still feels a little surreal to give someone a book that I wrote. It is pretty neat to be able to autograph copies though!
Which other SMS staff member would you most want to be stuck on a deserted island with? Dudley! (I love our mascot’s dance moves, sense of humour/playfulness, and excellent listening skills!)
What is your favourite food & local restaurant?
Favourite foods: mango, Nanaimo bars, cherries, blueberries, raspberries. Local restaurant: The Blue Fox Cafe
What is your hobby/obsession?
I love running, walking, and biking where the eagles fly and the otters play (along the Oak Bay waterfront).
What is your secret talent or superpower?
I can take any topic or “text” and make it work with/speak to/intersect with anything my students and I are focusing on in class. (Just ask my students!)
What is one thing you can’t live without?
Naps! Excellent stories! Family! Cats! Being outside! Eager students! Friends! Exercise! (The order of the list changes, depending on the day & time, but the components are pretty static.)
If you had a billion dollars, what would you be doing with your life?
I hope that that much money would help me find more time to write. I would still want to teach, but I would like to stagger my teaching time with writing sabbaticals/see the world travel adventures. Being able to teach students abroad who otherwise couldn’t afford to be in school/learn English would be a fantastic way to combine teaching and travel. Perhaps a nice mix of one-year teaching in Canada, one year travelling and writing, and one-year teaching abroad, then repeat, would be just the ticket!