Welcome to Senator Joyce Fairbairn and my website. I am very excited to begin year three at Senator Joyce Fairbairn Middle School. Our middle school has matured very quickly, and I have enjoyed being part of the creation of our school culture and identity. I believe the enthusiasm of our staff and the new campus is an excellent place for students to learn and expand their abilities.
Prior to my position at Fairbairn I have taught at seven different schools and the University of Lethbridge. I was seconded to the University of Lethbridge for two years (2013-2014) in the Faculty of Education working with student teachers. Before my University placement I taught at Gilbert Paterson Middle School and Winston Churchill High School. I have taught science, math, social studies, graphic artistry, video production, drama and physical education in my career.
Mr. Bohnert’s learning/teaching philosophy…
“Learning is driven by the unique innate curiosity found in each of us.
To sit, observe and witness change; to study similarities, differences and peculiarities; to examine rates, qualities, and environments; to appreciate, understand and share are skills we naturally possess. Being able to articulate our perceptions and understanding while openly listening to others' ideas and thoughts perpetually keeps learning dynamic.”
We don’t need to teach students how to learn… We need to engage them and step aside.