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Year: 2006 – Province: Ontario
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
School: Don Mills Collegiate Institute
15 The Donway East
Principal: Cindy Browne
School Telephone: 416-395-3190
School Fax: 416-395-3429
School Website: http://schools.tdsb.on.ca/donmillsci/
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grade 10-12, Technological Design
- Focuses on the importance of the process of creation and creative discovery in all projects rather than simply the end-product and resulting grade.
- Encourages students to recognize their "weaknesses" or lack of particular skills and experiences as opportunities for learning and expansion rather than limitations.
- Treats the classroom as a multi-disciplinary design organization where individuals' varied skills and strengths are nurtured and shared both by the teacher and between students, fostering an atmosphere of cooperative learning.
Creator and facilitator of the unique Don Mills Collegiate Institute Gardens project, which began in the 2000-2001 school year and is a collaborative effort shared with students from conception to planning to actualization. This project has seen Mr. Kunanec and his students apply for and receive funding and grants for the "greening" of the school, for a total of 4 themed gardens, including one with a koi pond and functioning waterfall and another a "wild field" which can be used by science students in their nature and environment studies.
"Dan Kunanec is an exemplary and dynamic teacher whose passion for creation and discovery inspires his students to achieve incredible results. […] He loves to teach, loves to learn, and shares this joy with all of his students and colleagues. […] Dan is a compassionate professional who brings out the best in his students and his colleagues. We are thrilled to have him on our staff." - Principal, Don Mills CI
"Going to Mr. Kunanec's] class was never a chore, and I looked forward to it every day. The more time I spent as his student the more time I began to visit and talk with Mr. Kunanec even if I didn't have that period or semester with him. […] With Mr. Kunanec I felt I got more than a teacher when I joined his class. Thinking about him I realize I gained a mentor and a friend." - Former Student, Don Mills CI
On Mr. Kunanec's role as head coach for the Ontario Under 15 Rugby Team:
"Dan has demonstrated innovative goal setting and team building strategies that have successfully enabled his teams and the players themselves to perform to their potential. […] Dan is an excellent ambassador for the sport and a consistently excellent role model for youth. […] He sets high standards for everyone, including himself." - Past President, Rugby Ontario