Welcome to Kala Star Academics and Outdoor School! I am Brad Swanson, the facilitator for the students in our new Self-Directed Learning program. With over 10 years of teaching experience in grades K-12 in the Vernon and Saanich School Districts, I recognize the traditional style of schooling is certainly not for most students, or their family. Coupled with an extreme decrease in accountability for living a healthy, active lifestyle, I chose to create a learning environment where many would benefit. My passion for teaching, learning, and physical health led me to develop Kala Star Academics and Outdoor School.
My self-directed learning journey began while I was in high school, before distant learning was available. I was required to become a self-directed learner on my own because of my passion for hockey. Playing five years in the Western Hockey League meant a lot of time away from the traditional classroom, and eventually the University environment. I wished distant learning were an option for me then.
Since then, I have had experience working at Middle Schools in Saanich School District , and with students in School District 22 grades 2-12 to become Self-Directed, Self-Motivated learners with their distant learning (DL). Also, I have had to be self-directed myself, and have taken extra courses in ‘Helping Students Become Self-Directed Learners’.
Furthermore, I truly believe the important connection with the mind and body. As an educator, and a parent, I have seen the benefit of a diverse learning environment that embraces a healthy mind and body. This is why I have chosen to use Silver Star Mountain Resort, in the winter, and Kalamalka Lake and the Okanagan, in the fall, spring, and summer as our locations for Daily Physical Activity.
Kala Star’s goal is to provide students with a wide variety of physical activities, environmental initiatives, and group-based community growth projects. Coupled with a healthy learning environment where academics come first and the students thrive to become proficient Self-Directed, Self-Motivated Learners. Once individuals surround themselves in a positive environment, they exude a positive presence.
I look forward to guiding students in a learning environment where vast amounts of learning take place.
I am Brad Swanson, and I welcome you and your family to Kala Star Academics and Outdoor School!
Schooling and Certifications:
- Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) University of Victoria
- Middle School specialty trained British Columbia Teacher
- First Aid Certification
- Level 2 Coaching
- Class 4 (unrestricted) Licence
- Pleasure Craft Operator Card
- Scuba diving certification
- Canadian Power and Sail Squadron Certification