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Valerie

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Teachers.

A new generation.

Valerie Lopes

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A passionate, award-winning educator, Valerie has left her mark on many aspects of teaching and learning at Seneca and beyond.

WHAT INSPIRES ME

I am deeply inspired by teaching and learning. Over my career, I have played many roles in education and continue to play many more. From teaching students and developing faculty, to chairing the Education Technology Committee for all Ontario colleges, even developing curriculum for students in Central Asia, I live and breathe education. I credit my love of learning to my background in science. Before becoming an educator, I had a career in the field of genetics. I grew up with the scientific method, where there’s a process and a reason for everything. The way I see it, nothing happens by chance. I look at teaching in the same way too. I’m always trying to understand the reasons “why” students learn or don’t.

"To be a good teacher is all encompassing. You never stop. It doesn’t matter if I’m teaching students or working with new faculty members, I am passionate about getting to the heart of teaching and learning."

WHAT I BELIEVE

Having come from Guyana as an international student, I truly believe in the importance of learning that’s relevant to the context of your life. I have also seen the power of education to change people’s lives for the better. It’s why I am passionate about colleges and why I consciously chose the college environment, because so many of our students have barriers to overcome – be it financial, social, or even the demands of life. We serve such a diverse set of learners. And when classrooms are as diverse as ours, the challenge for me is to find ways to make learning relevant and engaging, so that no one is left behind.

WHAT MATTERS TO ME

Working at Seneca has given me the opportunity to pursue so many of the areas that I am interested in, whether it’s the use of digital technologies to enhance learning or developing students so they have a global impact. My passion is for education that really matters, and for doing everything we can to give people opportunities that will enable them to succeed.

"I really believe in the power of education to change people’s lives. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from or what your background is, I believe that everyone deserves a chance for success."

Valerie

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