Welcome to my class students and parents. I have put together a short newsletter for you to get to know a little about me. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you!
Background I was born in 1990 in Innisfail, Alberta where I have lived ever since. I graduated from Innisfail High School in June 2008. I then took two years off from school to work and decide what I wanted to do with my life. Throughout these two years I was dancing a lot and debating about a career in dance or the arts, however I was also teaching a lot of dance, and I decided that I really enjoyed working with children, which lead me to make the decision to start taking my Bachelor of Education at Red Deer College.
Miss McIlwain Dancing I have been dancing since I was three years old. I tend to think of dancing as more of a passion than a hobby. Over the past few years I have started teaching dance as well. I am trained in many different styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical and acro.
Disneyland Disneyland is my favourite place in My family on our last trip to Disneyland the world. I have been there four times, and I will Family be going again in Disneyland! I am the third child out of four. My parents had a full February 2012. house as we were growing up as I have one older sis- Every three years my dance studio takes a group of ter and one younger sister, as well as an older broth- dancers down to California to perform on stage in Diser. neyland, and I love it just as much every time we go. Jessica McIlwain
Outdoors Dream Destinations
Whether I am getting a sun burn at the beach, hikI would love to eventually ing, repeatedly failing at water-skiing, or just sittravel all over the world, ting in the boat, I love being outside! but the top three places I would like to see include Australia, Italy and France!
Camping Camping is always one of my favourite summer memories. I love tenting, trying to stay warm by the fire, and cooking meals over the fire; especially smores!
Sports While I was growing up, besides just dancing, I played ringette in elementary school, and I was on the basketball team in high school. I also enjoy tennis, volleyball and golf, just to name a few.
Pets The only pet I have right now is my dog named Willie, and we have had him for two and a half years. When I move away from home I would like to eventually own some horses, because my parents had horses as I was growing up, and, although I would never admit this to myself at ten years old, I really miss riding them. Also, ever since I was five years old I have wanted a husky, so I would like to eventually follow through with this dream. The husky I want one day! Jessica McIlwain
Hiking at Johnston Canyon in August 2011 Books I love reading. Once I start reading a book I cannot put it down. I have a lot of favourites, but I have to say I am a huge fan of The Twilight Saga! Needless to say I had to read for a few days My Favourite Book Series straight once I started reading this series.
Music I am a fan of all different kinds of music. I grew up loving country music, and a few of my favourite country singers who I was able to see in concert last year are Carrie Underwood and Billy Currington. I also like pop, hip hop and rock among many others. A few of my favourites in these genres are Shawn Desman, Katy Perry, Down with Webster, and Nickelback.