Tamsin MorrellGrade 4 General Studies
Tamsin Morrell may be a fourth grade teacher, but that doesn’t stop her from nurturing her thrill-seeking and fearless spirit. An outdoor enthusiast who eagerly moved to Vancouver in 2008 to be close to the ocean and mountains, Ms. Morrell scuba dives, swims, hikes, bikes and has even jumped out of a plane! Her more sedentary pursuits include reading contemporary fiction, cooking, attending live concerts (not quite so sedentary), and sampling the city’s many culinary offerings.
Born in Toronto but raised in Quebec, Ms. Morrell is completely bilingual. After earning a Bachelor of Education from McGill University, she spent two years teaching Kindergarten to Grade 6 in Birmingham, England. It was there that Ms. Morrell met fellow VTT faculty member, Abbie Loomer, the person ultimately responsible for introducing Ms. Morrell to Talmud Torah a few years later. Before joining VTT, however, Ms. Morrell spent a challenging year teaching Grade 3 and a Grade 1-2 split—all in French—at a public school in Quebec.
Ms. Morrell still considers herself a Montrealer at heart, especially when bagels, poutine and east coast architecture are the topics for discussion.
In addition to her fourth grade instructional responsibilities, Ms. Morrell was a member of our school’s Teacher-Leader cohort and was a main contributor to our “Yachad” social responsibility initiative. When reflecting on her time at VTT, Ms. Morrell expresses a deep appreciation for VTT’s strong sense of community.