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Jacquie Dobrowolski has been an instructor at SIAST’s Woodland Campus, which is now Saskatchewan Polytechnic since 2008. She teaches basic education at the Grade 10 level. She is also 2014’s Best of the Best winner for Best Saskatchewan Polytechnic Instructor.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers a wide range of basic education programs that focus on helping students who want to develop their academic and job readiness skills and or gain the academic pre-requisites they might need for future education and training.
Dobrowolski said teaching adult education is very rewarding. She said her students help her just as much she helps them.
“So many of them have not had a lot of success in school and I just want to help them believe that they can succeed … and maybe perhaps help them turn around any experiences they have had that were not successful,” said Dobrowolski.
“That was a big motivator and still is a big motivator for me.”
Mary Gardiner, a past student of Dobrowolski’s and recent graduate credits Dobrowolski for her success.
“If it wasn’t for Jacquie I would not be where I am today, I would not have graduated, she was the one that pushed me to keep going,” said Gardiner. “She is very kind, very helpful, and very motivating.”
“ I am very grateful to her,” she added.
Gardiner began classes with Dobrowolski in 2011. She is a wife, a mother and wanted to serve as a good example to her kids.
“Every time I went to get a job I was asked do you have a Grade 12, no I don’t, and that is what pushed me,” she said. “And my kids would say ‘you don’t have your Grade 12, you don’t have your Grade 12,’ so I came back school.”
Gardiner admitted it was tough sometimes to stay at SIAST and finish her studies.
“It was very hard … being a parent and wife, but Jacquie, like I said, she really pushed me.”
“Her encouraging smile, her little pats on the back that she gives you, I might have quit many, many times if it were not for her.”
“I just want my student to be proud about who they are and I keep stressing that,” Dobrowolski explained.
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