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Archived — Recipient Bios

Year: 1999 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Doreen Casserly

School: Hillcrest High School

Principal: Frank Allan
School website:
Grades/Subjects Taught: Chemistry, co-op director, peer tutor co-ordinator

Teaching approach:

  • Encourage students to explore and pursue previously uninvestigated areas of high school life.
  • Inspire students to become leaders by providing a strong example of leadership.

Outstanding achievements:

Actively promotes co-operative education program, assists and directs students towards areas of interest matched with their abilities:

  • science students placed with three local hospitals, cancer research centre
  • other students placed in local schools, auto shops and retail businesses
  • more than 65 students placed each year
  • students work four hours a day for four months developing technical skills, independent task performance, awareness of possible career paths.

Established Peer Tutor Program, which has grown from 15 to 68 students in seven years:

  • gives students opportunity to earn high school credit shadowing a teacher for one course
  • provides a stimulating learning environment
  • motivates students to learn theory and practice simultaneously
  • allows students to teach topics, prepare handouts, direct group work
  • promotes teamwork, leadership skills, self-confidence, patience and compassion
  • teaches dynamics of teaching while increasing knowledge and understanding of course material.

Rave reviews:

"As a former student who still remembers "life lessons," as a teaching colleague awed by how she energizes a chemistry class, and as an administrator who marvels at her enthusiasm for each new school year, I thank Doreen for her contribution to teaching." Principal

"Mrs. Casserly treated the whole student and not just the book-learning part of the student." Former student

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