Homegrown in Aspen View: Eziah Pahl

Eziah PahlI began my experience in Aspen View in 2002, when my family moved to Athabasca from Turtle Lake, SK. I remember walking into Mr. Bay’s math class on my first day of Grade 7. Never would I have imagined that I would one day call him a friend and colleague and spend summer evenings out fishing with him. I was also fortunate to have been a student in Mrs. Hanson’s Grade 7 class. Time after time, I would show up at lunch to serve my detention and she would smile, rip up my detention slip and tell me, “Eziah, please just go play outside and be a good kid.” She was a special teacher with a big heart and a lot of love to give. She wanted her students to do well.

In Grade 8, I attended Edwin Parr Composite School. I have fond memories of running track and playing basketball in the gym or football behind the school at lunch. For me, school was a time to socialize! I enjoyed being at school because I got to spend time with my teachers and friends. I never dreamed that I would end up teaching. 

After high school, I knew that I wanted to pursue a trade. I worked for seven years in the construction industry and earned my Journeyman Certificate in Carpentry, attending both NAIT in Edmonton and Portage College in Lac La Biche. I gained experience in the trade working in both Athabasca and Edmonton. After a while, I decided it was time for a change. While I loved working with my hands and building, I realized I needed to work with more people than just our crew. I’m a people person!

With the nudge of my wife, a teacher herself, I applied for the Bridge-to-Teacher Certification program, offered through the University of Alberta. This program allows certified tradespeople the opportunity to receive credit for their Journeyman certification as they earn their teaching degree. After a few long semesters away from my pregnant wife and later newborn daughter, I proved to myself that I could earn a university degree if I truly worked for it. I was so happy to be back in Aspen View with a job as shop teacher at EPC. I love going to work each day, working with my hands, and seeing the faces of students as they join me in the shop or graphics lab.

Aspen View is a wonderful place to be a student and to work. We may be a small rural division but there are many great opportunities for our students here. It’s a pleasure to live in a beautiful community, to teach in a great school division, and to share the shop with all kinds of students. There’s a place for everyone in the shop! 

Let my story be an encouragement to you. Pursue your dreams, don’t be afraid to make changes in your life for the better, and see where hard work will take you. For me, it brought me back to Aspen View.

Aspen View Public Schools

Eziah Pahl
Construction Technology & Photography/Videography Teacher
Edwin Parr Composite School

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