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Gaston Lopez Ficher sits with young students at a table

I’m moving beyond the expected

January 2, 2018 — 

Gaston Lopez Ficher has always wanted to be a teacher, but he also believes that it’s important that educators adapt to the way that society is changing.

That’s why he chose to pursue his education degree at the U of M. The professors he’s had also conduct research and have challenged his perspectives, encouraging him to think critically about issues that affect society, and therefore teachers.

“My time at the University of Manitoba has shown me that there is so much in our world to learn from. From the start of my science degree, my professors spoke of research they were conducting and they spoke about what this information tells us about our world,” says Lopez Ficher.  “That has shaped me to realize that if there is something that I am passionate about, whether it is education or science, I can research and change the minds of individuals around the world.”

Gaston with teacher Andriana Tarasiuk.

Gaston with teacher Andriana Tarasiuk.

While he is currently working towards his B.Ed., he sees himself as a lifelong learner. “As the years go by, I will eventually go back to the University of Manitoba and complete a Master’s in Education,” he says. “I will continue my education and continue to build my knowledge throughout my career.”

Gaston with the executive group of the Council of Education.

Gaston with the executive group of the Council of Education.

He’s also had a chance to hone his leadership skills through his practicum and by serving as senior stick of the Education Student Council.

“University is a fantastic step in contributing to something that is bigger than ourselves. When we choose to go to university, we choose to put our education first,” he says. “In other words, we choose to find ways to better our communities by becoming engineers, nurses, doctors, educators and philanthropists.”

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