Hey there!  Glad you took the time to stop by and read a little about me.  So, as you may know by now, my name is Javier.  Unable to pronounce my name?  No problem, call me Jay (no hard feelings).

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Good luck trying to find me ..!  (Photo credits to – carolineperron.com)

Born and raised in the Sud-Ouest borough of Montreal, I attended F.A.C.E school from my first school year to my last.  It is throughout these 13 years of my young life that my passion for the performing arts grew.  From grabbing my sax and jamming with friends to late-night drama rehearsals, the arts are what motivated and pushed me to always aim higher.  Graduate from Dawson College in Pure and Applied Sciences, I quickly realized that a career in this field would not give me the chance to give back to and inspire people, thus coming to the decision of entering the field of education.

In my experience, the quality that resonates the most with people is authenticity.  It is what distinguishes you from little Joey over there and simply what makes you, you.  No matter how far you go or how long you search, you will only find that there is only one you.  We all have our differences and faults, but that is exactly what makes us who we are.  Throughout your life, you will, for the most part, make the right decisions and moves, but as we all know, the human race is not perfect.  You are bound to make mistakes, however, is that a bad thing?  In my opinion, mistakes are essential since they are what shape you and push you to get back up and do better the next time around.  As my friend Albert Einstein once said, anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

But enough with this kumbaya, let’s get back to business.  Aspiring to be a teacher, the feeling that I had to give back to our youth was what pushed me to enter McGill as an undergraduate in Education.  Growing up, many educators influenced and shaped me in becoming the person I am today.  It is for those reasons that as a teacher, I want to spread the message that you can do just about anything if you just believe in yourself a bit.  I will place a heavy emphasis on the creativity and imagination of all my students.  I believe both of these to be the driving forces that help build motivation and self-confidence and help us grow day-in and day-out.  Finally, my open-mind, patience and authenticity will resonate with students, parents and fellow school staff.

Feel free to contact me to discuss anything that has been posted on my blog.  I cannot wait to have the chance to begin my career as a teacher, but until then, I’ll focus on these next 4 years here at McGill.

Hope to see you soon!

-Javier Amoretti-Petrelli