Archived—Leanne Topma

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Year: 2008 – Province: Alberta

Certificate of Achievement Recipient

School: Dovercourt Elementary School
13910-122 Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5L 2W3

Principal: Doug Allen
School Telephone: 780-455-6171
School Fax: 780-455-8203
School Website:
Subjects and Grades Taught: Language arts, social studies, science and art in Grade 6

Teaching Approach:

  • Adapt provincial curriculum to address all students' needs and learning styles. This requires taking the time to listen and discover how each of her students learns best and then providing and using a wide range of varied teaching activities daily
  • Differentiate not only the teaching approach but also assessment: assess for learning, not of learning.

Outstanding Achievements:

  • Set up a weekly electronic gathering (Sunday nights from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.) during which students can discuss any topic, including homework or daily struggles. The majority of students log in regularly.
  • Promoted leadership by having all her students sign up for at least one school service club for the year. These include being on the school patrol, participating in the recycling program, or being kinder helper, library helper, student announcer or student secretary. She told Grade 6 students that if they wanted to be leaders, they needed to learn to lead by example and they agreed.

Rave Reviews:

"Throughout the time I have known Leanne she has always referred to "at risk" students as "at promise" While they may be "at risk" of falling behind their peers in their learning, they are "at promise" as to their ability to move forward with their learning." Colleague

"Above all, Leanne gets outstanding results. She has brought our Grade 3 class with a three-year reputation for poor behaviour, lack of focus and poor results, to a class with exemplary behaviour and excellent academic results." Principal