An independent co-ed IB school (JK to Grade 12) in North Vancouver, Canada
November 4th 2020

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: DARHEN SING

We often talk about how one teacher can inspire in a way that sets the course of a student’s life. For our own Ms. Sing, it was a junior school teacher of hers who travelled abroad to teach in Saudi Arabia that inspired her to set off on her own adventures. “I can still remember sitting in the school library, looking at photos of Ms. Dunn in a white hijab while playing soccer with her host family. She spoke with such joy about her experiences and I was fascinated by the idea of living and working somewhere else.” 
 
Ms. Sing grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland on the far east coast of Canada. Her love of the ocean, and insatiable curiosity, led her into all sorts of interesting positions, including: four seasons doing search and rescue for the Canadian Coast Guard’s Inshore Rescue Boat program; two years as a volunteer firefighter; two years as a wildlife tour guide/boat operator; and two years teaching in Cambridge, England before moving to Vancouver to pursue a Master of Arts in Language and Literacy Education.
 
It was a stroke of good luck that led her to Brockton. Just a few weeks after landing on the west coast, Ms. Sing met Ms. Ball at a job fair for Bachelor of Education students at UBC and began her work at our school. “On my first day as a TOC in the junior school I was blown away by the warm, welcoming staff and the inquisitive, thoughtful students. I’ve stayed because of the community. Brockton is the most supportive work environment I’ve ever known and I LOVE working with like-minded humans. The people I work with - teachers and students - constantly inspire me to stay curious and dream big.”
 
Ms. Sing’s learning hasn’t stopped though; while working at Brockton she is also a full time graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Language and Literacy Education through UBC. Last spring she pivoted her research to study “how social distancing impacts classroom community” and is actively engaged in gathering research data with some of the POD students.
 
Get to know Ms. Sing: Lightning Round
 
Tell me about your life outside of school?
When I’m not at Brockton I’m often off exploring! I love hiking and camping and the main reason I decided to move to BC was to explore as much of the west coast as possible. If I’m not in the woods or by the water I like curling up with a book, writing poetry and stories (usually with my sister, Leah), and sampling tasty food and drink with my friends!
 
What is your favourite book?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck has been at the top of my list for a decade. 
 
If you weren't in teaching what would you be doing?
Honestly, I can’t picture myself doing anything else. I’d like to get back into volunteering once I finish my graduate work. I think there are a few lifeboat stations nearby… Maybe I’ll get back into search and rescue...
 
What is the most memorable trip you’ve taken?
My most memorable travel experience was a week I spent exploring Iceland in November 2017. At that time of year the sun rises at 10am and sets at 4pm, just hovering above the horizon all day. The light was always this beautifully golden hue and it made the snow in the air sparkle and dance.

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