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2018 Recipients

2017 Recipients
Certificate Community Name of School Name of Teacher Grades and Subjects Taught Highlights
Certificate of Excellence Medicine Hat Crescent Heights High School Donna Armstrong Grades 7–12, Multimedia and Communication Technology Students connect, create and celebrate with technology in this teacher's class: they produce advertising materials for businesses, live-stream sports tournaments, and create videos to help Grade 6 students transition to the school
Certificate of Achievement Edmonton City Hall School Linda Hut Grades 1–12, all subjects For a week at time, students from across Edmonton come to this teacher's unique school at city hall; they engage with municipal experts, learn about infrastructure and are inspired during the rest of the year to grow as citizens
Certificate of Achievement Edmonton Victoria School of the Arts Stacey Taylor Grade 6, Grade 11–12 International Baccalaureate Inclusion is a priority for this educator as she leads the way on changing attitudes about acceptance of students of all abilities and backgrounds, and gives these students a chance to show their learning in the way that suits them best
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence Vancouver Kitsilano Secondary School Craig Brumwell Social Studies 10 and 11, Geography 12, Physical and Health Education 9 This teacher fully integrated technology into his teaching a decade ago; today, his students pursue First and Second World War history through their phones with his interactive mobile games
Certificate of Excellence Langley Walnut Grove Secondary School Tim Stephenson Science 9, Astronomy 11, Chemistry 12 Shaping his teaching to encourage students to engage in science 24 hours a day, this teacher uses SnapChat, Twitter and a very popular course on astronomy to get students talking about science and connecting it to their life
Certificate of Achievement Victoria Oak Bay Secondary School Scott Alexander Social Studies 9–11, Planning 11, History 12, Scholarship Prep 12 Learning takes place where relevance, relationship and rigour intersect, says this passionate educator; he enhances his captivating stories with technology and encourages students to connect historical and current events
Certificate of Achievement Victoria Glenlyon Norfolk School Gavin Bowers Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5, Physical and Health Education Empowering his students to live up to the school motto, "Do your best through truth and courage," this long-time teacher uses technology and physical activity in all grades to get them thinking, questioning, exploring and evaluating
Certificate of Achievement Coquitlam Baker Drive Elementary School Denean Lederer Kindergarten and Grade 1 Using diverse media, this teacher gives children multiple entry points to learning; she also has them take a full-body approach to language, writing letters in the sand with sticks and words with their shaving cream-covered fingers
Certificate of Achievement North Saanich Deep Cove Elementary School Candice Lee Grades 4 and 5, all subjects With her emphasis on inclusivity, diversity and multiculturalism, this educator has become a school focal point for cultural exploration; she wrote the school song for everyone to sing (accompanied by a full band of instruments)
Certificate of Achievement Cranbrook Mount Baker Secondary School Jo-Anna LeGrandeur Grades 10–12, English, Psychology, Student Services, Transitions The psychology program this teacher revitalized has grown exponentially in the face of declining enrolment; meanwhile, she brought educators from several schools together to help students succeed as they move into high school
Certificate of Achievement Winnipeg École Sage Creek School Meagan Chopek Kindergarten and K–8 Librarian In both the Kindergarten class and the school library, children thrive under this teacher's watch, taking virtual field trips the world over, engaging with peers across the continent and designing a robot to go with a book they had read
Newfoundland and Labrador
Certificate of Achievement Torbay Holy Trinity Elementary School Kimberley Keating Grade 4, Math, Science, Language Arts, Religion, Social Studies, French and Health This thoughtful teacher designed the class schedule so her students have time each day to immerse themselves in the fundamentals of literacy and math; purposeful activities, such as raising salmon for release, engage children in learning
Certificate of Excellence Toronto Central Toronto Academy Rebecca DiLeo Grades 9–12, Victory Lap, Visual Arts, Photography, Digital Media and Drama Students think, do and act with their hearts and minds in this teacher's "heArts" program; working with industry professionals, they design and sell their own clothing, spearhead awareness campaigns and look to the future
Certificate of Excellence Wikwemikong Wasse Abin Wikwemikong High School Chris Mara Grades 10–12, Computer Science, Applied Science, Manufacturing Technology, Calculus, Physics and Math First Nations students from a remote reserve are taking part of the conversation about STEM learning; this educator has inspired them to embrace robotics while remaining firmly rooted in—and ambassadors for—their culture
Certificate of Excellence Dundas Dundas Valley Secondary School Pieter Toth Grades 9–12, Business and Social Justice This teacher is a natural at building strong, authentic relationships based on trust and honesty; with that bond formed, he then challenges students to work outside their comfort zone in class and the community
Certificate of Excellence Mississauga Glenforest Secondary School Diana Wang-Martin Grades 9–12, Chemistry, Biology and Science By challenging her students to achieve their best, this teacher helps her students grow into great leaders and communicators: her students organize huge conferences, win prizes in prestigious contests and receive large scholarships
Certificate of Achievement Sarnia St. Anne Catholic School Loredana Barbato Grade 2, English, Math, Religion, Social Studies, Science, Visual Arts, Drama and Dance Hands-on projects that harness the latest technology and incorporate the arts and reading engage this experienced educator's students, providing low-floor entry points and a high ceiling for success
Certificate of Achievement Toronto Francis Libermann Catholic High School Nicole Chen Grades 9–12, English as a Second Language /English, Student Success Dreaming of being a teacher since she was 6, this dedicated educator now helps newcomers to Canada not only master English but also to find the leader inside them to inspire others to be their best
Certificate of Achievement Ottawa Conseil des écoles publiques et de l'Est de l'Ontario Laurie Crawford Aboriginal Education, Kindergarten to Grade 12 Une enseignante qui met les technologies au service des arts et de la culture autochtone pour offrir à ses élèves des expériences authentiques et stimulantes de création et de découverte.
Certificate of Achievement Toronto Crescent School Michael Jansen Grades 11 and 12, Chemistry This veteran teacher sets high expectations for academic rigour and deportment in his classes while opening the world of chemistry in a common-sense way that resonates with young men (the exploding microwave probably helps)
Certificate of Achievement Lindsay I. E. Weldon Secondary School Jessica Kennedy Grades 9–12, Drama Drama challenges students of all abilities to express themselves, and to connect to local history; this teacher also uses recordings to solicit performance feedback and help fledging actors gain confidence before facing the crowd
Certificate of Achievement Toronto Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board Canada Hafiz Printer Grades 10–12, History, Religions, Socials Healthy debate is welcome in this teacher's class as students seek to find their place in the world; running simulations turn the classroom into a desert or a hospital so students can put themselves into history
Certificate of Achievement Peterborough Peterborough Alternative and Continuing Education at Peterborough Collegiate Vocational School Micky Renders Grades 9–12, Visual Art, Indigenous Studies Art plays a critical role in this teacher's class, as students who have not succeeded at school due to poverty, substance abuse and other challenges explore, express their feelings and heal by working in a variety of media
Certificate of Achievement Toronto Bowmore Road Junior and Senior Public School Graham Seater Junior and Senior Kindergarten Young authors blossom in this teacher's class, while inquiries into such topics as animals, buildings and outer space turn into full-blown multidimensional courses of study, complemented by plenty of hands-on activities
Certificate of Achievement Toronto Huron Street Junior Public School Christopher Snow Grades 3–5, all subjects This activist educator harnesses technology, both to show children how to answer big questions about global and social issues and to teach skills; he also encourages his students to consider what role they can play in bringing about change
Certificate of Achievement Burlington Bruce T. Lindley Public School Charlotte Travis Grades 4 and 5, Language Art, Math, Science, Social Studies, The Arts Rooting her practice in inquiry-based learning, the veteran educator gets her students outside to explore the natural world; with check-in circles students discuss accountability and responsibility, well-being and justice
Prince Edward Island
Certificate of Excellence Charlottetown Grace Christian School Natalie MacNeill Grades 5 and 6, Math, Language and History; Science for all elementary grades This educator empowers her students by capitalizing on their natural curiosity and equipping them with the necessary tools to foster a love of learning; students ask the questions that intrigue them and work together to find answers
Certificate of Achievement Summerside Summerside Intermediate School Stacy Thain Grades 4–8, French and Language Arts Having taught herself French, this long-time educator now shares her expertise on preparing lessons in this language to her fellow educators; for years, students and the community benefited from her efforts to develop future leaders
Certificate of Excellence Sherbrooke Séminaire de Sherbrooke Félix Arguin and Guillaume Laporte French and Drama, Secondary 3 and 4 Ces enseignants bousculent les conventions en intégrant les technologies numériques et la créativité pour mettre sur pied des projets concrets et novateurs qui amènent l'apprentissage du français et de l'anglais à un autre niveau.
Certificate of Achievement Westmount Westmount High School Sabrina Jafralie Grades 7–11, Ethics and Religion Culture Taking a holistic approach to teaching, this thoughtful educator and community activist provides many ways for her diverse students to show their learning and encourages them to be increasingly innovative as they mature
Certificate of Excellence Whitehorse F. H. Collins Secondary School Michel Emery Grades 8–12, English, French Immersion, Learning Commons and STEAM Students learn from this long-time and innovative northern educator to think creatively beyond PowerPoint to present their ideas, tackle big projects with ease, and become caring global citizens
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