Class Afloat Faculty Member: Doris LaChance

Posted on 10 August 2018 @ 3:44pm

Class Afloat Faculty Member: Doris LaChance

Introducing the 2018-2019 Class Afloat Faculty! Meet the team who will lead this year's class as they begin an unforgettable journey.

Doris LaChance, Chemistry 11, Chemistry 12 & Pre-calculus 12

I'm Doris LaChance. I'm a prairie girl, born and raised on a grain farm in Northern Alberta. Last year I took part in the Class Afloat adventure and found that I was able to easily adapt to the ship life. Apart from the constant motion and the lack of level surfaces, living on the Gulden Leeuw is very similar to farm life; If you look around there's always more work to be done, and you have to be self sufficient to an extent.

Previously I've also worked for in secondary schools, mostly in french, all in Alberta, teaching mostly science and math and other courses. I've even worked for a week at a wilderness summer camp where we let the kids play with fire! Outside of schools I have many interests. I knit, read, bake, play the piano and flute, hunt, snowshoe and ski in the winter, bike and swim in the summer. Of course I spend most of my free time on the farm, helping my mom in the
garden or my dad with odd jobs. I have six nephews which I adore, and whom I get all riled up and then send back to their parents with a smile.

Q&A with Doris LaChance

Question: What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to?

Many things.... last year I said learning to play the accordion and I still haven't gotten to it yet.

Question: What makes you most excited about teaching/working with Class Afloat?

Meeting great people!

Question: What port are you most looking forward to?

Amsterdam - That's where we meet everyone. It's also were the very long journey ends and I get to go home to visit family and friends.

Question: If you could have anyone as a dinner guest - living or deceased, who would you choose?

My father.

Question: What is your best advice for having a great adventure?

Remember that the mishaps make the adventure memorable, and make for a great story.

Question: What is one of the most valuable lessons you've learned to date?

Life is too short. It's not worth stressing over the small stuff when time is better spent on the big stuff.

Question: What is the best single day on the Calendar?


Question: What book impacted you the most?

The Bible.

Question: Among your friends or family, what are you famous for?

Love of math?

Question: What would be your spirit animal?

No idea, so I did an online quiz and got the Turtle.