Name: Cathy Laskoski
Kwantlen Program: Special Education Teacher Assistant (SETA)
Grad Year: 2010
Employed as: Education Assistant, Surrey School District
Employer website: www.surreyschools.ca
What are your primary responsibilities at your job?
I work within the school system with students, grades K to 12, who have learning differences or special needs. My responsibilities are wide-ranging, from supporting students with academic coursework and assisting students to gain important life skills to modifying and adapting course work to allow for greater student success.
What is your favourite part of the job?
I love feeling that I am making a difference by making school a better place for students; making learning enjoyable while building relationships is important to me in my job.
How do you like to unwind/handle stress?
I work out faithfully, love to listen to music, sing (very badly), have a glass of red wine, walk on the beach and read - everything from Malcolm Gladwell to my latest favourite topic; neuroplasticity. I love to hang out at home with my family and when the weather is nice, I like to be outside in my garden.
Who is the most famous person you've ever met?
A few years ago I met a number of well-known musicians, including Mother Mother, Said the Whale and Hedley.
If you had a time machine and could have lunch with anyone living or dead, who would it be?
It would be fantastic to have lunch with author Malcolm Gladwell.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from many places; from what I’ve read to people I’ve met. My biggest inspiration probably comes from the kids with whom I work.
Where do you see yourself in one, five or 10 years?
Ten years from now I hope to be living part-time in Maui and learning to surf. I might be a grandma by then, too.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my truly amazing children who inspire and enlighten me constantly.
Greatest advice for life?
Build relationships, persevere, take chances, get messy and make mistakes. Notice five good things every day. Stay positive and be grateful.
Favourite Kwantlen moment?
Bonding with my SETA class, especially during our Saturday classes.
What's the last book you read?
Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson.
What's currently on your iPod?
Hundreds of songs but the honorable mention goes to Hugh Laurie (yes, the guy from House) and the album called Let Them Talk.