September 2020 Note…

Hello, and welcome back.  I know this year school will be different from what it has been in the past but I am looking forward to doing the best I can, given these unusual circumstances.  For those of you who don’t know me yet, I am Gordon Pictou and I am excited to be teaching Phys. Ed.  I started a few weeks before Covid shut down school early last year.  I know there will be many challenges to offer gym classes safely, but I am confident we can still have fun moving and developing our athleticism.  One of the best ways to do this is by being outside; so, as much as possible, gym class will be outdoors this year. 

Who is this guy anyway?

I am from Millbrook and have been a teacher since 2002.  I taught in High School in HRM and adult learners in Sipekne’katik and Millbrook.  For the last few years I have been the Municipal Physical Activity Leader (MPAL) for Millbrook and in that role, I had worked with all our communities, planning and coordinating sport and recreation opportunities.  I have been a baseball coach for over 20 years and more recently, soccer, baseball and track.  I am a positive an energetic person and I try to be an encouraging and supportive coach.  If you would like to reach out to me to talk about your child or to know more about sport during the pandemic, I am happy to have those conversations with you.  This guy is also a father to three boys and we have a crazy beagle, a silly black lab, and two feral cats.  My mother is Phillipa Pictou and my dad is/was Bill Pictou, and I have two sisters, Karen and Amber.  I grew up in Halifax, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver before moving back to Millbrook in 2009.  I’m trying to learn to speak Mi’kmaq but I’m far from good at it yet… meskay.  I am very excited to have this excellent opportunity to work for this school and to serve our future generations in this community.