Annie Daylon (B. Mus.,M.Ed.)
Second on my list of the things I enjoy most in life is reading. Among the best books I have read lately are: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, The Crimson Petal and The WHITE by Michel Faber, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.Among my other many interests are: nature, tai chi, line dancing, walking, dogs, Mozart, and all things Newfoundland and Labrador… not necessarily in that order.Oh, I also enjoy watching television. Not something that everyone admits to, I have discovered. In fact, it amazes me that the multi-billion dollar television industry can survive, supported only by our middle class income! :~)
I was born and raised in Placentia, Newfoundland, and am very proud of my Newfoundland heritage. I now live in British Columbia, but regularly watch NTV news and read the monthly Newfoundland Downhome Magazine.
My first love was books and I learned to read by following my busy mother around the house, pointing at a word and saying “What’s that word, Mommy?” As soon as she told me, I repeated the procedure. I was too young to go to school, but wanted to go so badly that, one day, I followed my older sister right into her grade one classroom. The teacher, Sister Mary Marilyn, was very kind—she even let me read to the class—but then she sent me home. After an interminable year of waiting, I was old enough to attend.
I loved school. To this day, I am very grateful for the excellent education provided by the Presentation Sisters and lay teachers of St. Edward’s Elementary and of Sacred Heart and Laval High Schools.
I attended three universities: Mount Allison (B. Music) in NB, where I met my wonderful husband, David; the University of Manitoba (Cert. Ed.) in Winnipeg, where I taught music in the Fort Garry School Division; and the University of British Columbia (M. Ed.) in Vancouver where I began my BC teaching career as a substitute teacher.
For many years, I taught grades four to seven at Capitol Hill Elementary School in Burnaby. My duties included: language arts (reading, writing, drama, public speaking), music (choir, recorder, orff, guitar, musical Production and direction, concerts, assemblies), as well as all other subjects in the intermediate curriculum.
And now, I am channelling my love of books and the many skills I acquired as an educator into my second career: writing!