Year: 2010-2011 – Province: Ontario
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Tender Years Co-operative School
3120 Glen Erin Drive
Mississauga, ON L5L 1R6
Type of Setting: Childcare centre for 44 to 67 month olds, featuring preschool, junior and senior kindergarten
Philosophy of CareGillian Eyre’s annual High Tea in honour of the Queen’s birthday is legendary. Students arrive at school to find it beautifully transformed with pretty flowers, decorated tables, fancy music and a teacher ready to show them how to waltz. With a spoonful of sugar touch of enthusiasm and a dash of warmth, Ms. Eyre serves fresh scones and tea on her very own heirloom china and as with every activity, makes sure that each child’s development and abilities are addressed.
Support of Child Development
- Ms. Eyre makes sure to celebrate a variety of multicultural experiences with her students. They’ve participated in a Japanese tea ceremony, hosted a Diwali party, made sushi, conducted a Mount Fuij volcano experiment and participated in a month-long exploration of Canada. Learning themes change every two weeks and address a diversity of subject matters.
- Local, national and even international news is included daily in Ms. Eyre’s lessons. She finds pertinent and age appropriate headlines from the news and invites children to explore the topic.
- Ms. Eyre also includes art and music in her lessons. From recreating a Monet, to playing an Aboriginal drum, students have ample opportunities to show-off their inner artist.
Involvement with Parents, Families and the Community
- It isn’t uncommon for Ms. Eyre to conduct home visits, or to visit mainstream schools with her special needs students to make sure that she’s adopting familiar practices and ensuring consistency. Ms. Eyre also regularly attends workshops with parents.
- During annual curriculum nights, Ms. Eyre has parents assume the roles of students. Down they get onto the floor, singing songs and following instructions.
"Ms. Eyre is the best teacher ever. She took me to a pumpkin farm. She showed me science experiments like how to make a volcano. She let me help her cook in class. She helped me learn about Monet and Picasso. She told me why an Inukshuk is important to Inuit people(…) She taught me how to share things but not germs."
"Gillian is an exceptional person whose passion for early childhood development is both exemplary and contagious. She’s admired by her students, their families and her peers(…) Gillian Eyre is the type of teacher we all aspire to be."