Get to Know the Ridley College Faculty: Ms. Bylsma

We have amazing teachers here at Ridley College. They’re passionate about learning, have a great sense of humor and truly love what they do! We decided to ask teachers a few questions in order for you to get to know them better.

Ms. Blysma loves all things literature – she is a passionate English teacher.  Her soft spoken nature, as well as her caring and nurturing demeanor make her an excellent advisor and new head of house for Leonard!  She is a former Assistant Housemaster of Gooderham West and is involved in a variety of activities as you will read about in this interview.

1. What did you take in university? Why did you pursue this?  
Initially I went to school to become a lawyer. I started off as a Law Clerk, but after three years of articling I decided that it was not for me. That is when I started to look for other ways to continue to teach and protect the rights of others, and that is when I went into teaching.

2. Did you have any other interesting  jobs before coming to Ridley?
Prior to coming to Ridley I worked as a Law Clerk. I spent three years articling for a lawyer, researching, preparing documents, and dealing with Traffic and Small Claims Court cases. I loved it, but needed something more social.

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3. What do you teach/coach/involved in at Ridley College and why do you love it?
I am the new Head of Leonard House, teach English and coach U16 Fieldhockey. I am also the faculty advisor for the school newspaper, TigerPost; Big Bunch, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program; and, Breakfast with Books, book club.

4. What is your passion? What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love gardening.

5. What do you love most about Ridley?
The best thing about Ridley is the sense of community and connections you create while here. Whether it is meeting new people from Germany, China, Hong Kong, Nigeria, or the United States, the connections and friends you can make are endless.

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6. What is your favorite place to go in the Niagara Region? 
Our favorite place to go in the Niagara Region is Niagara-on-the-Lake. I love the little shops and small town feel.

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