Derek Vroom

Derek Vroom
Educational Assistant
Greater Victoria School District

Psychology - BA (2013)

Derek primarily teaches designated children with mental and/or physical disabilities, while working with the rest of the student population. He designs and implements Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) in conjunction with teachers, counselors and the students' parents. He teaches one-on-one, or in small groups. He believes his job is to bridge those gaps and ensure all students have the best education available.

As a student, I wanted to learn—plain and simple. I understood psychology at the time as the study of the brain, so what better way to learn than to study the brain? Looking back, it was one of the best decisions I've made. What I've learned about the brain, social relationships, human behaviour . . . has helped me learn more than I ever dreamed about myself, others, how we all as people interact with one another, and I've begun applying what I've learned to all areas of life. Understanding the complexities and wonders of the human brain has given me a heightened meaning to what life is truly about - and has made me realize that there is so much left to discover and always room for growth.