Meet Mr. Joshua Pornaras!
★ Years in Education: 6
★ Years at Blyth Academy: 1
What/who inspired you to become a teacher?
My inspiration to become a teacher stemmed from Professor Hoi Cheu at Laurentian University. He not only taught me to approach traditional tasks differently but also introduced me to a world where teachers genuinely care about their students and actively promote their success in class. His specialization in teaching rhetoric of film and image, as well as applied media aesthetics, left a lasting impact on my educational journey.
What does a typical day in your classroom look like?
In my classroom, I strive to create an inclusive environment filled with constant discourse. My goal is to foster student growth through exploration and discussion, always emphasizing student success and igniting in them a passion and desire to learn.
Beyond school, what are you currently working on or doing in your spare time (passions, hobbies, interests, etc.)?
Outside of school, I have a diverse range of interests. I'm an avid hockey fan and love watching the Toronto Maple Leafs. Music is a significant passion of mine, and I enjoy listening to music across various genres. Additionally, I have a deep enthusiasm for both travel and film and have just recently returned from teaching in Italy and Greece this past summer.
What is one of your favourite memories as a teacher?
One of my most cherished experiences during my time here at Blyth has been following the paths taken by our former graduates. Blyth,and particularly Blyth Mississauga, has fostered a strong-knit community, akin to a family. Numerous students have not only revisited our campus but have also shared heartfelt letters and images highlighting their achievements, all while proudly acknowledging their place within the academy. It's heartwarming to see that, even after the graduation caps have fallen, we all remain connected.
What is most rewarding about being a teacher?
The most rewarding aspect of being a teacher is witnessing the remarkable growth and development of my students. Observing as they progress, achieve their goals, and becoming confident in their abilities brings immense satisfaction. It is a privilege to be a part of their educational journey and contribute to their success. Moreover, it is incredibly fulfilling to inspire students to pursue their passions, dreams and uncover what it truly is they are passionate about.
Want to learn more about Blyth Academy Mississauga?
Blyth Academy Mississauga is a private school with a newly designed Lakeshore campus in the heart of Port Credit. Our campus offers Grades 9-12 and focuses on small class sizes with individualized attention.