Emily Maxwell teaches in the Performance Learning Program at Seycove Secondary. She was born and raised in Deep Cove, North Vancouver and graduated from Seycove. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Victoria, and went directly into the Post Degree Professional Program for Secondary Education with her teachable subjects of Social Studies, History, and English. After completing both her first and second practicums at West Van Secondary, she graduated with a Bachelor of Education with Distinction.
Emily has a strong passion for Indigenous studies, which she came to realize through her major in Canadian history. She is also proud to have attended the First Nations Institute at UVIC where she took courses about learning from the land, Indigenous pedagogy, and even some of the SENCOTEN language. She believes her interest in the history of North America is connected to her love for her hometown and the outdoors.
She strives to connect youth to their communities by sharing the importance of what came before them. She believes her job as a Social Studies teacher is to teach youth how they can contribute to the world, empower themselves, and ultimately reach their greatest personal potential as national and global citizens.
In recent years, Emily has turned her focus in teaching to Project Based Learning within the Performance Learning Program. Through engaging lessons and meaningful projects, Emily knows and teaches to the fact that technology can be used as a tool for education, growth, and connection, like never before!!
After substitute teaching in the project based learning program (PLP) in December of 2016, Emily knew it was the place for her. Putting student engagement at the forefront of teaching, using the amazing resource of the iPad, and having the opportunity to have experiential learning outside the classroom, is something Emily has only ever dreamed of. She is currently teaching in PLP as well as B.C. First Peoples 12 for the 2022-2023 year, while completing her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Pedagogy, focusing on Indigenous perspectives and localized pedagogies. She will be done her Masters in May of 2023!