Homegrown in Aspen View: Claire Boven

Claire BovenI am so proud to be a graduate of Aspen View School Division. I remember my K-12 years in a small Alberta town as filled with adventure, challenge, and an overwhelming sense of community. My three siblings and I boarded the bus each morning with Mom’s daily reminder to “work hard and have fun” echoing in our minds. The ride was long, but we looked forward to the chance to connect with friends and put Mom’s words into practice. I attended Kindergarten at Athabasca Elementary School in 1993 and was a member of the first group of students to attend Whispering Hills Primary School from 1994 to 1997. I still remember the grand opening ceremony in the expansive gymnasium and how excited we all were to embark upon this learning journey in a brand-new school. My Grade 1 teacher, Mrs. Marianne Saunders, made me feel welcome and when the inevitable bumps and scrapes occurred, I always felt safe and loved. 

I attended Landing Trail Intermediate School from 1997 to 2001. School dances, science fairs and Flying High Day were just some of the events that made school a place I wanted to be. My Grade 4 homeroom teacher, Mr. Dennis MacNeil, taught me the importance of mutual respect and understanding. His use of humour to put students at ease and create an inclusive classroom culture played a large role in my desire to pursue a teaching career. 

My junior and senior high days were spent at Edwin Parr Composite School from 2001 to 2006. Our production of “Into the Woods” under the direction of Mr. Bruce MacDonald was a definite highlight and taught me that an excellent teacher is immersed fully in the learning process along with their students.    

My husband Kyle, a fellow graduate of Aspen View, also enjoyed a positive and supportive K-12 experience. This, along with the allure of the river, lakes and golf course, made the decision to settle in Athabasca in 2011 an easy one. We were married in 2013, fittingly, on the steps of the Old Brick School. These days, our son Clive attends Grade 1 in our old classroom, and we look forward to our son Judd starting Kindergarten in 2022. I get to spend each workday enveloped in the energy and enthusiasm of 24 Grade 3 students (in what was once my Grade 3 classroom), cracking jokes and learning new things together and for this, I consider myself extremely fortunate.

Aspen View Public SchoolsClaire Boven
Whispering Hills Primary School

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