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Faculty of Education celebrates the retirement of Professor Charlotte Enns

May 3, 2024 — 

Professor Charlotte Enns (PhD) celebrated her remarkable career at the Faculty of Education with a retirement luncheon celebration. As a member of the Department of Educational Administration, Foundations, and Psychology (EAF&P), her career has been marked by her passion for inclusive education.

Enns’s journey began in the Faculty of Education as a PhD student in Educational Psychology, a decision that reflects her view on Education, “I know it’s very idealistic, but after all these years, I still believe in the power of education to transform, equalize, and bring justice. That’s what drew me into Education,” she explains. As an alum, Enns describes the community spirit at the University of Manitoba: “I think UofM reflects some of the same paradoxes as Winnipeg in that we have excellent scholars and programs, but we are also very accessible and grounded. I am very grateful that I found such a fulfilling career and position in my hometown at the University of Manitoba,” she shared.

Throughout her tenure, Enns’s experience and impact extended beyond the classroom setting “the first occasion was a course with Early Years teacher candidates (B.Ed. students). They met in a school, so they could interact with children and be mentored by classroom teachers. The learning was so much more meaningful – rather than me telling them what to do when a student hides under the desk, they had to resolve the actual situation! Another opportunity was teaching a course with teachers in St. Theresa Point First Nation – I’m sure I learned more than they did!”

When asked about her advice to students, Enns highlights the importance of curiosity “ask questions, be open to new perspectives, and be willing to change your mind. Actually, I think the best advice comes from someone much wiser than me, Thomas King and the characters of the Dead Dog Café, and their words: “Stay calm, be brave, and wait for the signs!”

As Professor Charlotte Enns embarks on the next chapter of her journey, her legacy of excellence, compassion, and dedication to education will continue to inspire generations of students and educators alike.


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