When Abraham was two years old, the family moved to the Mennonite village of Gnadenheim in Barnaul, Siberia. Here Abraham was able to complete his elementary and secondary education, and also attend teacher’s training school. In October 1924 the Isaak family emigrated to Canada, first settling in Estevan, Saskatchewan.
After moving to Yarrow, British Columbia (BC), Abraham was able to continue studying at Chilliwack Senior High School, in time completing Grade 13. After high school, he entered Normal School training, in preparation for a teaching career in British Columbia. For many years during his teaching years he enrolled in summer school courses at the University of Victoria, eventually earning his Bachelor of Education degree.
Owing to discrimination against Mennonites during the 1940s, it was difficult for Abraham to find a teaching position in British Columbia. However, owing to a shortage of teachers at the time, his first teaching appointment was in Narcosli Creek Elementary School, near Williams Lake, in the Caribou region of BC. In 1946, Abraham was hired by the Abbotsford School District. Over the years of his career, Abraham taught in several Abbotsford elementary schools, including North Poplar, Kilgard, King Road and Ridgedale. He is remembered for having introduced 16 mm films as new teaching tool at the time.
As the first Mennonite teacher in the district, Abraham C. Isaak was a trailblazer for many others co-religionists who entered into educational careers in secular settings.
GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 6.02 ed. Fresno, CA:, 2010: #1034622.
|Author(s)||William A. Isaac|
|Date Published||August 2010|
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