Who is Doing What
VWS Alumni Corner Interview with Liam Foran, Grad Class of 2006
LF: After graduation, I went to Douglas College for the Kinesiology Program and worked summers at a labour job for a construction company. I was then offered a full scholarship to Dickenson State University, where I graduated, making the Dean’s list multiple times and the President’s list once. After graduating, I came back to North Vancouver and saved up to go travelling. After travelling for four months, I came home and began working at a pub and did some substitute teaching at the Vancouver Waldorf School in the PE department. After eventually taking on the management position at the pub, I got my mortgage brokering license as I could see greater career possibilities regarding time management and income possibilities. I worked both jobs for two years before leaving both to work for RBC.
- 2006-2008 Douglas College Studying in the Kinesiology Program
- 2008-2011 Dickinson State University in North Dakota, where I double-majored with degrees in Teaching (Physical Education K-12) and Exercise Science.
- 2014 Mortgage Brokering License from UBC Sauder School of Business
- 2018 RBC Mortgage Specialist
VWS: What kind of work/study are you involved in now?
LF: I am currently a Mortgage Specialist with RBC Royal Bank.
VWS: What are your fondest memories of your time at the VWS?
LF: Some of my fondest memories are the life long connections and memories I have with my classmates. I have a lot of memories of our class trips. I still remember a lot of tongue twisters, songs, and poems that are always good for a laugh when brought up with old classmates! I had a few teachers that I connected with and appreciate, especially now looking back on my K-12 years at VWS. There were special written reports from Mr. Hassel, my Class Teacher in Grade School and the challenging lessons from Mr. Hesketh, the High School Science teacher. I feel that I have had some excellent teachers and coaches throughout my life and recognize the importance of giving back. So although I am not teaching in a classroom setting, I spend a significant amount of time coaching with the North Shore Twins Baseball Program.
VWS: How did Waldorf education affect your life and your choice of career?
LF: I think Waldorf education paved a path for me to become an educator. If there is one thing that stood out beyond all others is that Waldorf education recognizes the individual. That is something I keep in mind when I educate others but in all aspects of life. Although I do not teach for a career, I am still heavily involved with coaching. As I am now in a job tied to finances, I believe it would be valuable to include financial literacy as part of the curriculum. From what research* I have done, it is not offered in the public school system either.
VWS: What advice would you give to this year’s graduates?
LF: Be open to new ideas: you will likely change career paths multiple times, so do your best to keep all doors open.
Interview date: February 2020 Ronaye Ireland, for Development
Editors Note: *Based on feedback from students in previous years, VWHS has added two options for students in Grade 11. Offered are Foundations of Math 11, which includes a unit on financial literacy and focuses primarily on everyday mathematics, and Pre-Calculus 11, which also has a unit on financial literacy but focuses on preparing students for taking sciences in University. Equivalent courses would now be offered in the public system as well.
The Vancouver Waldorf School provides an experiential, age-appropriate approach to education based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner that inspires students to love learning, to be creative, open-minded, and compassionate. With a curriculum that integrates all academics with the arts and social learning, Waldorf Education develops not only the left and right hemispheres of the brain but the whole human being. A child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development is considered equally, supporting a conscious unfolding of the individuality within each student. Waldorf graduates possess capacities for empathy and clear, creative and independent thinking that enables them to carry out a chosen course of action with moral courage and social responsibility.