As a third generation educator, following in the footsteps of her beloved grandmother and mother, Pat Girling has always known teaching was a “natural fit.” “The children bring me incredible joy and positive energy. I love what I do.”
Born in Daysland, Alberta, Mrs. Girling and her three siblings grew up in Saskatoon. After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor’s of Education in 1981, Mrs. Girling taught in Saskatchewan for four years, and then spent 10 years in the Edmonton public schools where she taught additional subjects like music and French, and applying her talent all the way up to grade 9. Increased opportunities in the film industry brought Pat and her husband, a self-employed interior designer/set designer, to Vancouver in ’96.
Mrs. Girling’s first introduction to Jewish education were the two years she spent at Hebrew Academy. She joined VTT in 1998. At both schools she has been “treated like gold.”
In the last several years, Mrs. Girling has earned a Master’s in Leadership and Counseling to add depth to her teaching practice. As our Learning Enrichment teacher for the past 7 years, Mrs. Girling provides opportunities to enhance the classroom curriculum by challenging and stimulating students’ passion for learning, creativity, and intellectual growth. She initiated and leads the Young Earth Savers Sprouts Club (Y.E.S.S.) that offers to educate our students about the importance of protecting our environment.
A dedicated daughter to her parents, and a devoted stepmother and step-grandmother, Mrs. Girling enjoys her creative side where in her pastime plays the piano, makes jewellery, dabbles in water colour painting and is very happy living in North Vancouver exploring the natural beauty that surrounds her.