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Fiona - Overcoming Adversity

Growing up, I had a disease called osteopetrosis. This meant that I had to go through a transplant and chemotherapy which resulted in my visual impairment and facial palsy. As you can tell, my mouth is a bit crooked, and I can only count fingers with my eyes. So, I take longer to study and do things in life. I need a lot of help with learning and extra time for tests and exams.

I’ve always been interested in teaching. I wanted to teach little kids in daycare or elementary school. At university, I applied for a degree in education, but they didn’t accept me so I ended up doing arts instead. What originally got me interested in teaching was how I was treated in preschool growing up. I was bullied and mocked and just made fun of because of my condition. In high school, I did a lot of volunteering and worked at a daycare, and I found younger kids cute and fun to work with. Honestly, I don't think I'm even that good at teaching, but it would be great to work with younger students up to Grade 3.


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