Year: 2010-2011 – Province: Newfoundland and Labrador
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
St. Peter’s Junior High School
100 Munden Drive
Mount Pearl, NL A1N 2T5
Subjects and grades taught: English Language Arts for grades 7 to 9
Teaching approachCollaboration is the name of the game for Erin Walsh. Partnering with teachers from other disciplines, Ms. Walsh makes sure that students find consistency throughout their studies. If they’re studying Romeo and Juliet in English, they’ll be learning about musical theatre through the West Side Story. Ms. Walsh doesn’t just teach a book to her students, she teaches them how and why they should love it.
- Ms. Walsh’s students can choose to create multimedia projects during in-depth novel studies. Students have recorded themselves portraying characters from novels like The Pearl, After the War and Forbidden City which sometimes even include animation.
- Ms. Walsh designed and implemented a public speaking unit for her department and has boosted student participation at public speaking events with the Eastern School District and the Lion’s Club. Students who participated in the Lion’s Club event place first, second or third every year.
- Ms. Walsh is a founding member of the School Development Team, which developed activities to foster students’ abilities to interact and collaborate with each other. She was also a member of the Guidance Advisory Team and had collaboratively developed a student orientation program, a mentoring program and a tragic events response policy and plan.
"There are so many things in my life that I owe to Ms. Walsh. She has been something in my life that is constant, always there, to listen, help, inspire and support, and for that I am so grateful. Her kind nature, generosity and passion for what she does are amazing; she is a beautiful person and a tremendous teacher."
"Ms. Walsh was not only a teacher and an expert in her area of Language Arts, she was a motivator, a mentor and a confidant for [my daughter]. (…) If someone like Ms. Walsh hadn’t been in her life, I’m not quite sure what the outcome may have been."