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Teacher:  Jennifer Boutilier.  Areas of speciality:  Chemistry, Biology, General Science and Math  



  • Graduated U of W Bachelor of Science (Bio/Chem): 1997
  • Graduated U of W Bachelor of Education Senior Years Science: 2003

 Over 17 years’ teaching experience:

  • Seven Summits Centre for Learning/SD71: Teacher.  From 2016
  • Seven Summits Centre for Learning/SD20: 7S Volunteer and TTOC. 2015 - 2016
  • Dakota Collegiate in Winnipeg, MB: 2003 – 2015.  I landed my dream job straight out of university as a permanent, full time Chemistry & Biology teacher at a large bricks & mortar school of 1300 students.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

​I love sharing my passion for Biology and Chemistry with my students and immersing them into my world!


How do you get the best out of your students?​ 

I nag them a lot!  My aim is to create relationships which best support their learning, on their terms, and in line with their individual needs.


Why do you like teaching at 7S?

​I love teaching at 7S because students and staff are like family.


Why teaching?

​I grew up very shy so teaching was never on my list of possible careers when I was young.  During my Biology degree, I forced myself to enroll on a course where I had to research an area of interest (ecology) before sharing what I had learned with my class peers, teaching them on the subject, and presenting them with my research findings.  I loved the experience and overcame my shyness!


Who inspired you at high school?

My high school Chemistry teacher (Mr. Baetsen), who was not only passionate about his subject, but dedicated to helping students ‘learn how to learn’. My English teacher was also an inspiration to me (Brenda Westwood) because she also had such a passion for Language Arts but made sure to make it fun for those of us who were more Science/Math focused.  I hope that I can do the same for my students who are not Science or Math minded.  


Your style of teaching? ​

My teaching revolves around teaching students to learn how to learn, enabling them to become life-long learners, and helping them figure out how they learn best.  


What makes teaching rewarding? ​

My proudest, most rewarding moments occur at graduation.  I’m always filled with emotion and overwhelming pride when I see how far students have evolved over time to come to that moment of celebrating grad!  


What are you like inside the classroom?

Always EXCITED and PASSIONATE about teaching Science and Math.  HIGHLY ORGANIZED so that I can help students successfully learn material. 


What are you like outside the classroom?

Private, family time is very important to me.  I’m an advocate of life-long learning (I believe that we should never stop learning and growing).  I’m also very 'outdoorsy' - I love camping, skiing, hiking, biking, and exploring.


Recommended Reads? ​

'James and the Giant Peach' (Roald Dahl) was the first book that really got me into reading when I was young but everyone should read 'A Brief History of Everything' by Bill Bryson to learn about the history of the Physical, Chemical and Biological world!


What holds the key for success in learning?

A realization of how little is known and how much there is to learn combined with the perseverance and willingness to open the mind to learn more. 


Favourite Quote: 

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.  Betty Reese