Year: 2018 – Province: Ontario
Certificate of Excellence Recipient
Glenforest Secondary School
3575 Fieldgate Drive
Mississauga, ON L4X 2J6
School telephone: 905-625-7731
School website: http://schools.peelschools.org/sec/glenforest/Pages/default.aspx
Subjects and grades taught: Chemistry, Biology and Science, grades 9–12
By challenging her students to achieve their best and helping them build up their skills and abilities, Diana Wang-Martin helps her students grow into great leaders and communicators. Her efforts have taken students to new heights, ones they had never before envisioned themselves reaching.
Diana's genuine and compassionate, yet humble, nature makes her approachable and greatly respected. She never hesitates to support students and instil in them values of honesty, integrity and respect, better preparing them to become future leaders in their communities and workplaces.
In the Classroom
- Integrates technology into learning for more than the sake of it: with modelling and simulation software, students can perform experiments that might be impossible otherwise, make up missed lab time, get extra help and address ethical concerns (simulating dissection, for example)
- Creates a stimulating learning environment by facilitating fun and creative labs: students create edible rock candies, bake chemistry muffins and make chemical ice creams; for the annual Mole Day, students create and set up chemistry-themed games in the school foyer for others to play
- Models mentorship as quintessential to student life: helps students overwhelmed with project work; gives others the confidence to apply (and be accepted) to competitive science programs; brings still others to middle schools and parent nights to give presentations promoting the school
- Glenforest's STEM team, with Diana's guidance, organized 2015 conference featuring 50 speakers, 20 workshops and 1,800 delegates; organized second large STEM conference in 2017
- Members of the STEM team launched the Nahani Way Lego Robotics club and organized a science Olympics, both for local elementary school students
- Provided chance for girls to attend IT-focused workshop featuring speed mentoring and remote networking with girls in Nunavut; three students went on to place second and third in Cisco's International Internet of Things Grand Innovation Challenge, winning a combined total of $15,000 (USD)
- As founding teacher of seven far-reaching school clubs, projects and community partnerships, her support of student advocacy and leadership has garnered local, provincial and national recognition
"One of the greatest gifts a teacher can give a student is confidence, and Ms. Wang-Martin does so constantly, showing genuine appreciation for her students and never belittling their capabilities. She challenges students to break barriers in positive environments where there is always room to make mistakes and learn from them."