Guiding, Teaching, Climbing, Learning

Who Is He?

Half Dome descent

Jer descending Half Dome after not climbing the Regular Route free

Jeremy Blumel is a resident of Squamish, British Columbia,  a certified Elementary School teacher with the British Columbia College of Teachers, an Association of Canadian Mountain Guides certified Full Rock Guide and a graduate of Emily Carr College of Art and Design’s Traditional Animation program. He climbs, instructs, teaches, guides, listens and draws.


4 responses

  1. oPhelia

    Hi there.

    I came across your blog while surfing the web to find out more about living in Squamish (I dream of a log cabin in the lush forest there). The greatest barrier to packing up and moving NOW is work (no surprise!) I have a teaching degree and see that you do as well. I read your last entry that said that you are subbing… mostly kindergarten. I LOVE kindergarten :)! I taught it one year in Alberta. Are you choosing to sub… or are you trying hard to secure a permanent position? And if it is the latter – what is the hiring climate for teachers in that district at the moment? (I’m not too optimistic with all that is money and education in this province right now :(! ) I’ve taught French (Grades 4-12) – will that help? I am also completing a master degree in counselling psych (to be done at the end of the year, I hope!) Perhaps counselling positions?

    Anyway, when you ask people to drop a line, I’m not sure if you had this in mind. I would appreciate any input/information you have for someone who spends a lot of the summer (and parts of spring and fall) on rocks in Squamish. I’ve also recently taken up mountain biking… and so would love to live where you do! (I currently live in Vancouver). Thank you in advance for any tips you can give me re: working (hence living) in Squamish.

    Hope to hear from you.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    • Hey oPhelia, thanks for the comment! Sounds like you’re on your way to moving up here anyways. You’ve got the activities down, all you need, as you say, is to get the work scene sorted. As you said, the climate for teaching and Teachers right now is pretty dismal given that we’re about to do a second vote to decide the next phase of the job action or strike. I’ve been subbing in the Howe Sound and North Van districts for almost 3 years and it’s been a stormy ocean of ups and downs. Subbing is not quite regular enough to count on and some months can get pretty barren, which is why I also Rock Guide during the Spring, Summer and Fall months when the weather permits. I’m an elementary Trained Male with no French or further training (like a masters) yet but I can see that that is one way to speed your entry into this district. It’s a pretty old conservative district that requires a sub to do a lot of volunteering and general free work to get into the good books of individual schools. The call out system here is also preferential, meaning the teachers can request subs based on whether they though they did a good job. I’m of two mind s about this as it’s a bit unethical in the eyes of the union but does promote subs doing a better job. I do get a fair bit of work from North Van as well but turn it down to work here if I have the choice. I think your French and your Masters will both help you get in here, as will your experience in ALberta. I think you can port seniority or at least experience from other districts so your past teaching could help as well. It’s been a pretty busy year with the all day Kindergarten. Those poor kids, such a long day for a 5 or 6 year old. They’re wasted at day’s end. I think that’s contributed to more sick kids and teachers, and giving me more days of kindergarten than past years. I wouldn’t jump in just yet and wait to see what the strike climate does but it sounds like you need to get on the TOC list or start looking at job postings up here. Have you got your Teaching cert transferred from Alberta to BC? How does that work? Anyways, to finish up, I don’t mind the mix of subbing and guiding but sooner or later it’s going to get old. This year it started to feel pretty unengaging and unfulfilling. I’m definitely much closer to wanting my own class but know that it’s a ways off yet. Feel free to email me if you have any more questions. Take it easy oPhelia. Jer

      April 4, 2012 at 6:08 am

  2. Hi Jeremy,

    Congratulations on your new job! I am also a teacher looking to move to Squamish and work in the district. I saw your response last April, and I was wondering if you could offer any updates about the current job climate in sd 48. I am currently working in Surrey, but I love the outdoor lifestyle that Squamish offers. I think we have a fair bit in common…climbing, coffee, art, teaching etc. Any advice would be awesome.


    January 1, 2013 at 3:26 am

    • Hey Joe, saw your name in the sd48 database. You hired here for toc’ing? Yes the full time job is busy busy and learning lots. Drop me an email in the district system if this is you. Hope you’re liking Squamish. Talk soon. Jer

      January 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm

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