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Year: 2000 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence Recipients
School: St. Michaels University School
3400 Richmond Road
Victoria, British Columbia V8P 4P5
Principal: Robert Snowden
School Telephone: 250-592-2411
School Fax: 250-592-2812
School Website: www.smus.bc.ca
Grades/Subjects Taught: Biology, psychology
- Maintain the highest professional standards and the deepest personal commitment.
- Students must accept responsibility for their own learning and realize that the teacher is one of many available resources.
- Students are capable of learning, thinking and analyzing at a much higher level than they initially believe, demonstrate or give themselves credit for.
Mr. Gardiner's commitment to teaching excellence is exemplified in student results:
- higher than average enrolment in senior-level biology courses, with near zero attrition
- average marks on provincial biology exams are higher than 90 per cent
- the majority of students writing the Advanced Placement examination get top marks (four or five); 97 per cent achieve a university-equivalence grade
- school team placed first in the 2000 University of Toronto National Biology Competition; one student won a university scholarship.
Created an extracurricular biotechnology program in partnership with a biotechnology company. This lab-based evening course gives students practice in current techniques and insight into their use and implications for society. This will lead to the establishment of a biotechnology summer program for teachers and gifted students next year.
Presented numerous professional development workshops across Canada, for teachers of Advanced Placement biology.
"Mr. Gardiner's class was the most intellectually stimulating and enjoyable class I have ever attended in my academic career." Former student
"The problem is not getting students into his classes; it is getting them out at the end of the day." Principal