Melissa Walker


“So, so powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole world!” During my past two years teaching at Nancy Campbell Academy, I have come to regard this lyric, frequently sung out loudly at our school assemblies, as embodying the spirit of NCA. From the time the students first gather at the Wildfire retreat at the beginning of the year, this spirit is palpable as they work together in creative groups on dances, skits, songs, and art that will later be refined for a creative showcase. Through their workshops, classes, showcases, and service trips, the students’ collective fire illuminates the community of Stratford and the world around them. As a teacher, I view my role as helping to spark the young minds of my students and give their passions the air and space to grow. I began teaching as a part-time instructor in the Writing Program at University of Western Ontario (2003-2006), and continued as a part-time instructor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph after completing a Ph.D. in Victorian women’s writing and feminism. My academic writing, poetry, and journalism have appeared in journals, magazines, and newspapers. I am so happy to be teaching at NCA because the students and staff are as creative as any people I’ve known—and I’ve come to know a great many talented people, especially over the past fourteen years living in Stratford.

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