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.
In this interview we talked to Ms. Loretta Whitty. Ms. Whitty is one of the kindest people you will meet, she is very patient and caring. As you can imagine, learning a new language can be a daunting and challenging experience. Ms. Whitty works with many of our international students and does her very best to ensure that the students are comfortable learning the English language.
What did you take in University?
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Child Studies, worked and travelled for four years, and then returned to Brock University for my Bachelor of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language. I always knew that I wanted to work with students.
Did you have any interesting jobs before coming to Ridley?
I have worked with many age groups in various settings: assisting in a Junior Kindergarten class, teaching Italian folk dancing to teens, working with developmentally delayed adults as a residential counsellor, working as a medical secretary in a doctor’s office, teaching ESL at Brock University. My favourite job was teaching English at a Frontisterion (English school) in Athens, Greece.
What do you teach at Ridley College?
I have taught Learning Strategies, ESL, and English. I have tutored students at Ridley for over twenty years. I have been involved in ESL Camp, TOEFL, ACT, and SAT preparation, and the International Students Club.
What is your passion?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy taking care of my family.
What do you love most about Ridley?
Everyone truly cares about the students. It is a wonderful atmosphere.
What is your favourite place in the Niagara Region?
I love driving along Highway 8. It is peaceful, beautiful, and historic.
Do you have any funny stories about my time at Ridley?
Looking back, I think it is quite funny that students were complaining that they were not allowed to use cell phones during the school day (it was the ’90′s!).