Context: Peterborough Alternative and Continuing Education 2012-Present
Since 2012 I have been the Visual Art teacher at Peterborough Alternative and Continuing Education at Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School (PACE@PCVS). It is an inner city alternative day school serving students from 16 plus years of age earning credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diplomas (O.S.S.D.). My classes include adults not previously successful in secondary school, who may face the complex challenges of a low income and the resulting trauma, instability, mental and physical health issues, marginalization and homelessness. A big part of what I do here is creating a safe and welcoming space.