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From: Monday, February 12, 2018 9:42 AM -0500
Subject:Alumni Profile – Jodi McDonald
We are pleased to celebrate some of the many examples of staff excellence in Bluewater District School Board with our new alumni profile feature! This week, we highlight some of our former graduates whose career pathways have led them back to Bluewater to serve another generation of local students and families.

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Name:  Jodi McDonald

Current position:  Adult Education, Guidance Teacher, Bluewater District School Board Education Centre

What Bluewater school(s) did you attend as a student?  Port Elgin-Saugeen Central School,  Saugeen District Secondary School

What year did you graduate from Bluewater?  1992

Please provide a brief summary of the career pathways (e.g. post-secondary studies and subsequent employment) you pursued after graduating from Bluewater.

I enrolled in Outdoor Recreation at Lakehead University, transferred to Brock University for Recreation, and obtained my Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University.  I was then able to secure employment at Saugeen District Secondary School.

What has been your greatest career achievement thus far?

I consider my greatest achievement to be those times when individual "at-risk" youth have identified me as someone who cares about them as a person and as a student.

How has your education in Bluewater prepared you for your career pathway?

The teachers I had in Bluewater always extended themselves, and supported me personally and academically when I didn't have that support from my family.

Other comments:

Developing relationships with youth has always been the priority of my teaching philosophy.  In my previous role at Saugeen District, I had the opportunity to do that every day, which makes me very fortunate.  I am now happy to be able to support adult learners within Bluewater.