Student in Sudbury, ON, Canada
My name is Allison (Allie) Chown and I was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario. I attribute my love for camping and the outdoors to growing up in this amazing city. My family, consisting of two brothers and my parents, was always very active and while growing up I played sports at a high level. Basketball, volleyball, and track and field were my favourite. As I got older, I began to look for ways to give back to my community and started to coach all the previously mentioned sports. So, from a young age, I had an interest in educating others.
In addition to playing sports and coaching, I always loved school. Science and math were my favourite subjects, which eventually prompted me to pursue a B.Sc. in Behavioural Neuroscience at Laurentian University. My interest in the brain led to various experiences volunteering with those with mental disorders and diseases, which further developed my interest for teaching. At this point, I decided to complete my B.Ed. concurrently with my B.Sc.
A notable experience I have had during university is my involvement with SWAM, an organization that aims to teach children with physical and mental disabilities about water safety and how to swim. Different from the mandatory placements with concurrent education, this experience allowed me to teach in a setting outside of the classroom and develop relationships with children in order to help them learn.
As an aspiring teacher, I look forward to a career where I can implement my love for sports, knowledge for science, and passion for educating and working with people.