Year: 2017 – Province: Newfoundland
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Waterford Valley High School
465 Topsail Road
St. John's, Newfoundland A1E 0E3
Subjects and grades taught: Grade 10-12, Science and biology
It's full STEAM ahead when John Walsh assumes the conductor seat, incorporating visual art and design into his lessons, and ultimately brings a well-rounded approach when teaching science to his students.
Hands on is the way learning usually goes down in Walsh's classroom. But he also believes that teaching students how to study a subject once they have the content to study is vitally important to success. His school's go-to technology wiz, Walsh provides countless resources to students and colleagues alike – always working to make learning accessible and inclusive.
- Walsh initiated the school's Vegetable Garden Program – recruiting students, clearing land and helping plant and maintain beds. The harvested produce is later donated to the school's Soup Kitchen Program.
- Building on the garden program's success, Walsh also initiated a composting program that involves both academics and pervasive needs classes. Material for the compost bin comes from the Soup Kitchen Program and is later used as fertilizer in the vegetable gardens.
- Walsh regularly reaches out to the broader community to bring context to his lessons. He has invited speakers from the Conservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador, partnering with the Canadian Space Agency on their Neutrino Detection Project and Tomatosphere program.
"John Walsh is a brilliant educator who is dedicated to school improvement. He works tirelessly to ensure that all students and staff are able to access the technologies needed to enhance our lessons and to make the school function smoothly."
"John is an excellent teacher that is not only knowledgeable but is also passionate about his subject area while at the same time being truly caring about his students."