My name is Sean Ansell. I’m currently 24 years old and working as a journeyman red sealed Machinist at a pump repair facility in Fort Saskatchewan. I was homeschooled by my wonderful mother, Kathy, from kindergarten to grade 12, along with my two younger brothers. Monday to Friday we did school at the dinner table or in the living room, sometimes not fully dressed. We always had math pages to do, different English stuff everyday and science was usually an exciting experiment. Mom liked to ask what we wanted to learn next for history and about 90% of the time it was a war or a battle. We spent a lot of time together as a family, which was great, but we probably drove my mother crazy, because we were crazy.
I had plenty of friends to play with growing up and many are still very active in my life to this day. We often did activities as a group of homeschoolers. For example, we did trips to the museums, Drumheller, Fort Edmonton. We would have open gym nights, different sports teams, play in a band, bible studies, art classes, volunteer at events, dance workshops, drama classes. I had so much fun growing up in that incredible community of friends and families.
I never went to a public school, and I don’t really feel like I missed anything because of that. The one thing I possibly wanted to do was join the school football team, but instead I played on a soccer team with one of my best friends, which was awesome! After grade 12 I graduated with eight other amazing homeschoolers. I studied for the trades entrance exam, completed that and started working at the Pump repair shop as a labourer for a few months until a spot opened for an apprentice as a Machinist. Four years later I successfully completed my technical training and received my ticket. Now I’m working full time, and I love making new things or repairing rust parts into functional parts.