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Archived — Recipient Bios

Year: 1999 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Ralph Carney

School: St. Paul Catholic High School

Principal: Greg Muller
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Grades/Subjects Taught: Science, physics

Teaching approach:

  • Make frequent use of demonstrations to help students visualize concepts and to stimulate their problem-solving abilities.
  • Increase interest by using techniques such as problems that feature continuous story lines running across several assignments. This keeps students interested and anticipating future assignments.

Outstanding achievements:

Strong performances in system-wide exams. For example, in 1996-97, the average result on the OAC physics exam for St. Paul's was 64 percent compared to a system-wide average of 60 percent. And 29 percent of his students scored between 75 percent and 100 percent compared to 21 percent for all schools.

One of his students won, over three years, the school, board, regional and national science fairs. This same student was head of the Young Scientist Council of Canada.

Several other students have gone on to receive prestigious scholarships to study physics and engineering.

Involved in community projects, such as setting up displays about chemistry in local libraries.

Initiated beneficial partnerships with Laidlaw and Nortel.

Rave reviews:

"Thank you for the years of inspiration that your classes provided me with. You have enriched me with a love of physics and I will never forget this." Former student on receiving a scholarship

"Ralph is constantly going out of his way to bring physics and science into the everyday lives of his students." Fellow teacher

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