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Year: 2008 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence Recipients
School: Queen Margaret's School
660 Brownsey Avenue
Duncan, British Columbia
Head of School: Pat Rowantree (Sr. School
Director: Sharon Klein)
School Telephone: 250-746-4185
School Fax: 250-746-4187
School Website: www.qms.bc.ca
Subjects and Grades Taught: Chemistry and mathematics in Grades 11 and 12
- Be a role model for young women.
- Teach students to show leadership and take initiative to identify and solve problems themselves.
- Listen and communicate effectively so that all students can perform safely in labs and communicate their findings. (Queen Margaret's School has a 50 percent ESL population.)
- Apply leading-edge brain research findings on how girls learn to teaching in an all-girls environment.
- Implemented the use of Tablet PC (a notebook computer with a touch screen) as an instructional tool at Queen Margaret's School by creating new ways of using the technology and then training other teachers to use it.
- Collaborated with Toshiba Canada and wrote its Tablet PC Curriculum Integration Guide for Educators.
- Collaborated with fellow science and mathematics teachers to build up interest among the school's all-girl population such that 70 percent of Grade 11 students are taking two or three sciences along with mathematics and other required subjects.
- Founded an Amnesty International chapter at the school to teach students about civil rights issues around the world.
"I have had the incredible fortune to be mentored by a truly master teacher. Despite her own hectic schedule she is always approachable and welcoming. She has made my transition into the school seem almost effortless." Colleague
"She is an exemplary female role model who is highly committed to education. She is also passionate about becoming a leader who increases the leadership capacity of others." Colleague
"There is a quote in Ms. Magon's classroom: "To whom much is given, MUCH is expected." This is a reminder that she will do anything and everything she can to help her students but they, in return, are expected to prove their abilities and strive to be the very best they can be." Former student