Class of 2021
Born in Senegal, Africa, Nadine Gurtner has her Bachelor in Education with a Major in French, and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Mental Health.
Currently teaching at École McTavish Public High School, she recently chatted with YMM about advice she’s received, what people are surprised to learn about her, and more.
YMM: What is the most rewarding part of your career?
NG: The most rewarding part of my teaching career is building relationships with my students. Every student deserves to have a space where they can make mistakes and learn. I get to help build self-esteem as I am my students’ biggest cheerleader.
YMM: What three words best describe you?
NG: Energetic, positive, kind. I am usually a cheerful and spontaneous person. I always try to see things from the perspective of others. I know everybody has their own struggle and I never want to be a reason someone struggles.
YMM: What is something people are always surprised to learn about you?
NG: People are always surprised to learn that I served for eight years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Infantry reservist. It was a great experience that taught me discipline, resilience and self control.
YMM: What’s the worst advice you have ever received?
NG: Enjoy your life while you’re in school. It’s all downhill from there. False. Life after school is an adventure and it is stimulating when you get to make goals that align with your dreams.
YMM: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
NG: Be patient and persistent. Life is not so much what you accomplish as what you overcome. We all struggle in some way and I believe our struggles and our way of overcoming them make us who we are today.
YMM: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
NG: My greatest accomplishment is my family. My husband and I get to raise our two beautiful children. Everyday, they teach me how to become a better human being.