2018 Recipients

2017 Recipients
CertificateCommunityName of SchoolName of TeacherGrades and Subjects TaughtHighlights
Certificate of ExcellenceMedicine HatCrescent Heights High SchoolDonna ArmstrongGrades 7–12, Multimedia and Communication TechnologyStudents 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 AchievementEdmontonCity Hall SchoolLinda HutGrades 1–12, all subjectsFor 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 AchievementEdmontonVictoria School of the ArtsStacey TaylorGrade 6, Grade 11–12 International BaccalaureateInclusion 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 ExcellenceVancouverKitsilano Secondary SchoolCraig BrumwellSocial Studies 10 and 11, Geography 12, Physical and Health Education 9This 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 ExcellenceLangleyWalnut Grove Secondary SchoolTim StephensonScience 9, Astronomy 11, Chemistry 12Shaping 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 AchievementVictoriaOak Bay Secondary SchoolScott AlexanderSocial Studies 9–11, Planning 11, History 12, Scholarship Prep 12Learning 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 AchievementVictoriaGlenlyon Norfolk SchoolGavin BowersJunior Kindergarten to Grade 5, Physical and Health EducationEmpowering 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 AchievementCoquitlamBaker Drive Elementary SchoolDenean LedererKindergarten and Grade 1Using 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 AchievementNorth SaanichDeep Cove Elementary SchoolCandice LeeGrades 4 and 5, all subjectsWith 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 AchievementCranbrookMount Baker Secondary SchoolJo-Anna LeGrandeurGrades 10–12, English, Psychology, Student Services, TransitionsThe 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 AchievementWinnipegÉcole Sage Creek SchoolMeagan ChopekKindergarten and K–8 LibrarianIn 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 AchievementTorbayHoly Trinity Elementary SchoolKimberley KeatingGrade 4, Math, Science, Language Arts, Religion, Social Studies, French and HealthThis 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 ExcellenceTorontoCentral Toronto AcademyRebecca DiLeoGrades 9–12, Victory Lap, Visual Arts, Photography, Digital Media and DramaStudents 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 ExcellenceWikwemikongWasse Abin Wikwemikong High SchoolChris MaraGrades 10–12, Computer Science, Applied Science, Manufacturing Technology, Calculus, Physics and MathFirst 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 ExcellenceDundasDundas Valley Secondary SchoolPieter TothGrades 9–12, Business and Social JusticeThis 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 ExcellenceMississaugaGlenforest Secondary SchoolDiana Wang-MartinGrades 9–12, Chemistry, Biology and ScienceBy 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 AchievementSarniaSt. Anne Catholic SchoolLoredana BarbatoGrade 2, English, Math, Religion, Social Studies, Science, Visual Arts, Drama and DanceHands-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 AchievementTorontoFrancis Libermann Catholic High SchoolNicole ChenGrades 9–12, English as a Second Language /English, Student SuccessDreaming 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 AchievementOttawaConseil des écoles publiques et de l'Est de l'OntarioLaurie CrawfordAboriginal Education, Kindergarten to Grade 12Une 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 AchievementTorontoCrescent SchoolMichael JansenGrades 11 and 12, ChemistryThis 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 AchievementLindsayI. E. Weldon Secondary SchoolJessica KennedyGrades 9–12, DramaDrama 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 AchievementTorontoIsmaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board CanadaHafiz PrinterGrades 10–12, History, Religions, SocialsHealthy 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 AchievementPeterboroughPeterborough Alternative and Continuing Education at Peterborough Collegiate Vocational SchoolMicky RendersGrades 9–12, Visual Art, Indigenous StudiesArt 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 AchievementTorontoBowmore Road Junior and Senior Public SchoolGraham SeaterJunior and Senior KindergartenYoung 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 AchievementTorontoHuron Street Junior Public SchoolChristopher SnowGrades 3–5, all subjectsThis 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 AchievementBurlingtonBruce T. Lindley Public SchoolCharlotte TravisGrades 4 and 5, Language Art, Math, Science, Social Studies, The ArtsRooting 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 ExcellenceCharlottetownGrace Christian SchoolNatalie MacNeillGrades 5 and 6, Math, Language and History; Science for all elementary gradesThis 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 AchievementSummersideSummerside Intermediate SchoolStacy Thain Grades 4–8, French and Language ArtsHaving 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 ExcellenceSherbrookeSéminaire de SherbrookeFélix Arguin and Guillaume LaporteFrench and Drama, Secondary 3 and 4Ces 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 AchievementWestmountWestmount High SchoolSabrina JafralieGrades 7–11, Ethics and Religion CultureTaking 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 ExcellenceWhitehorseF. H. Collins Secondary SchoolMichel EmeryGrades 8–12, English, French Immersion, Learning Commons and STEAMStudents 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