Nikki’s 15 minutes of fame – Interview with Parkbench
This past week, our Program Director, Nikki, was interviewed by Jennifer of Parkbench in our area (Wolseley, West End, Polo Park & Sargent Park – Winnipeg) to talk about the school. Jennifer is in Real Estate in the area and she sponsors our local Parkbench website.
If you’re wondering whether Massage Therapy would be a good career for you, this interview will give you a little insight on the program as well as our school. I specially like the question about teacher’s stereotypes ;).
Here’s a cute image of Jennifer (left) and Nikki and read the interview below.
Massage Therapy College of Manitoba
A small school teaching the art and science of massage therapy.
Where did you earn your teaching certification?
I have a Phys. Ed degree and received my Remedial Massage Therapy Diploma in June 2002.
Why did you decide to transition to your current position?
I was ready for a change, but wanted to stay in the massage therapy world and I have been teaching in the college and loved it!
What was it like when you first started?
Challenging for me moving from a physically intense job to a mentally intense profession.
What has surprised you most about the job?
I care so much more about the student’s success as a whole than I did when I was focused on the students doing well in my class. I am sad when they leave.
What do most people not know about your job?
The program at the College is intensive.
How do you motivate and encourage your staff?
We inspire each other and it is reciprocal.
What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had so far?
When I had to tell a student that they should not continue, they emailed me to thank me for helping them to realize that there were better opportunities out there for them.
What advice would you give to a new teacher?
Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know” because people respect the fact that you are being honest with them.
What do the kids like most about your school?
Students love the caring aspects of having a small school where you can get to know them. We also have a school dog named Buddy who the students love.
What do you think are the best qualities of your school?
The passion that the instructors have for the profession as they are all working massage therapists.
What has changed a lot over the last few years?
The public’s opinion as to where we fit into a health care team has changed. Massage is more than a treatment, it is a lifestyle.
What changes do you want to see at the school?
The National Accreditation would be better served to be more streamlined.
What changes do you want to see in the education system?
I love the idea of the Board Exam. I am looking forward to taking it.
What’s your favourite things to do in the neighbourhood?
I like sitting on the patio at Stella’s. I park and walk to school and it is my favourite time of day. I love the mature trees thorughout Wolseley.
What are your favourite places to go in the neighbourhood?
Stella’s, Cornish Library, and Tallest Poppy.
What sterotypes are true about teachers
We like wine.