Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence —
2012 Recipients List

2012 Recipients List
Province/ Territory School Community Teacher Community Name of School Name of Teacher Grades and Subjects Taught Highlights
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Airdrie Airdrie Ralph McCall School James Brian Jackson Arts, math, science, social studies, health, physical education, robotics and rocketry for grades 6 to 8 Ten-four: amateur radio aficionado, teacher makes connections with astronauts onboard the International Space Station and videoconferences with explorers at the base camp of Mount Everest.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Calgary Calgary Bowness High School Paul André
Jean Allard
Construction technology for grades 10 to 12 With the bang of a hammer, and the twist of a screwdriver, construction technology teacher opens up a world of possibilities and opportunities for his students.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Calgary Calgary Glendale School Jennifer Grimm and Darren Vaast English language arts, math and social studies for grades 5 and 6 Local photography exhibit inspires school project and has students working so hard that they have to be reminded to go outside for recess.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Calgary Calgary Juno Beach Academy of Canadian Studies Leanna Darling Social studies, military history, environment and outdoor education for grades 7 to 12 In paperless classroom, students create podcasts, videos, and take tests online.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Calgary Calgary Lord Beaverbrook Senior High School Robert Clayton Hicks Biology for grades 11 and 12 Teacher finds ways to teach science in a way that makes sense to students by turning a mop into a motor neuron, or stuffed vegetables into neurotransmitters in a relay race.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Calgary Calgary St. Clare Elementary School Shivaun Miele and Suzanne Skytt-Schmidt Kindergarten School's out for the summer and students want to stay: kindergarten teachers give students a head start, literally.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Calgary Calgary William Aberhart High School Dianne Leong-Fortier Digital literacy, career and life management for grades 10 to 12 From art, to mentorship and leadership, to English as a second language teacher makes education accessible to all personalities, backgrounds and learning styles in five different schools.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Cold Lake Cold Lake Cold Lake High School Jennifer Dusyk-Johnson Art and drama for grades 9 to 12 Passionate leaders born in school: Alberta teacher creates links with school in Nicaragua, shows students to act from the heart.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Cold Lake Cold Lake Cold Lake High School Jared Nichol Media arts for grades 9 to 12 Brainchild of teacher, live television broadcasts turns classroom into newsroom.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Edmonton Edmonton Dovercourt Elementary School Joyce Sneddon Language arts, math, social sciences, health, art and physical education for grades 2/3 More than one recipe for success: teacher uses food to encourage students to open lines of communication and learn to describe different attributes, colours and tastes.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Edmonton Edmonton Harry Ainlay High School Yanick Jean-Proulx French immersion and physics for grades 11 and 12 High-school French teacher honoured as alumni creates performance and raises money to fund studies for their younger peers in a second language.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Edmonton Edmonton McNally High School Scott Couprie Computer science, multimedia and design for grades 10 to 12 Video games teach students computer programming and problem-solving skills.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Edmonton Spruce Grove S. Bruce Smith School Cheryl Devin Science for grades 7 and 9 Science for everyone: creative science teacher makes school fun, punishes pickles.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Edmonton Edmonton Strathcona High School Jeffrey Goldie General science, and physics for grades 10 to 12 Science teacher organizes Advanced Placement conference, 250 students attend.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Edmonton St. Albert Victoria School of the Arts Sherryl Clelland Social studies, art and discovery for grades 7 to 9 Teacher uses art as a vehicle for learning as well as an open-ended way for students to show what they know.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Edmonton Edmonton Windsor Park Elementary School Elissa Woolnough All subjects for grade 3 Neglected rubber chickens inspire school-wide project. Students become engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Abbotsford Langley Margaret Stenersen Elementary Patricia Jane Evans Primary curriculum for grade 1 Sign language and mentorship programs: grade 1 teacher turns school into an experience students never forget.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Campbell River Campbell River Timberline Secondary School Diana Camerin Business, accounting, French and co-op for grades 10 to 12 Teacher obtains one grant after another to build community partnerships and fund innovative projects that enhance student learning and motivation.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Campbell River Campbell River Timberline Secondary School Dave Coad 3D animation, game design and digital photography for grades 10 to 12 Star Wars is never the same after class with computer animation teacher who tailors lessons to each and every student.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Chilliwack Chilliwack Highroad Academy Julie Lade Social studies, English, history and law for grades 10 to 12 Teacher with a heart of gold leads by example and teaches active citizenship.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Delta Delta Sacred Heart Elementary School Wanda Hicks Graham All subjects for grade 6 From reusable bag business to Zumba dance class, teacher has students active in mind, heart and body, making sure that no two days are alike.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Port Coquitlam Pitt Meadows Westwood Elementary School Jonathan Sclater All subjects for grades 4 and 5 Carpe diem! Teacher lets students guide his teaching by incorporating their ideas and interests into each and every lesson.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Richmond Richmond R.A. McMath Secondary School DiAnne Simonson Leadership, human services, peer tutoring and career prep work experience for grades 10 to 12 All aboard the leadership! Neighbourhood-wide volunteer opportunities and uncanny activities have students laughing their way through thought-provoking scenarios.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Summerland Summerland Summerland Secondary School Trevor Knowlton Work experience, dual credit and apprenticeship for grades 9 to 12 From Australia to Tuktoyaktuk, world traveling teacher believes that education was made for you and me and uses technology to allow every student to access educational programs.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Surrey Langley North Surrey Learning Centre Jonathan Rempel English, communications, physical education and work experience for grades 10 to 12 From glacier hikes to rope courses, teacher turns lessons into adventures.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Terrace Terrace Thornhill Elementary Patricia Kolterman All subjects for grade 5 Legendarily long field trips, hands-on style and quirky ways make a gardener the teacher to have.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Vancouver Vancouver Florence Nightingale Elementary Gina Wong Full-day kindergarten In a colourful and dynamic classroom, a resourceful teacher can make a lesson out of anything and encourages students to explain thinking, provide opinions and analyze outcomes.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver North Vancouver Tecumseh Elementary School Marie Chomyn All subjects for grades 6 and 7 Cleopatra, Amelia Earhart, Aristotle and Arthur Erickson: history teacher has students learning through contemporary role-play and community partnerships.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Vernon Coldstream Clarence Fulton Secondary School Terry Downton Planning, accounting and entrepreneurship for grades 9 to 12 Making business school business: teacher develops extensive program for budding entrepreneurs and through local partnerships gets them out into real world where they can make their businesses start working.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Victoria Victoria Belmont Secondary School Miriam Vos-Guenter Geology, earth science, science and technology, and science for grades 10 to 12 Newspaper in hand, science teacher links lessons to current events, opportunities and controversies.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Victoria Victoria Lansdowne Middle School Kristy Kilpatrick Language arts, science, social studies and ESL for grade 6 Ships ahoy! Arctic-exploring teacher turns students into explorers too.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Victoria Victoria Mount Douglas Secondary School Barry Edward Janzen English, photography and media arts for grades 9 to 12 Modern-day wizard renders students spellbound as they travel through an online web of discovery, creativity and endless possibilities of social engagement.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Westbank West Kelowna Sensisyusten House of Learning Maynard Lloyd McRae Language and culture for JK to grade 6 Teacher engages group of tactile and visual learners through opportunities to work on the land, learning traditional Aboriginal activities and teachings.
Manitoba
Certificate of Achievement
Brandon Brandon École New Era School Linda Dinsdale French immersion for grade 1 An apple for the teacher and each and every student! Teacher secures access to iPads and uses web apps to get students thinking critically.
Manitoba
Certificate of Achievement
Oak Lake Kenton Oak Lake Community School Devon Caldwell English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, information communication technologies (ICTs) and special education for kindergarten Teacher tweets with other classrooms around the world and shows students a world that exists beyond the classroom walls.
Manitoba
Certificate of Excellence
Winnipeg Winnipeg Garden City Collegiate Jeffrey Cieszecki Career exploration and space education for grades 7 to 12 Teacher turns physics class into a space academy by communicating with satellites and with rockets and high altitude balloon launches.
Manitoba
Certificate of Achievement
Winnipeg Winnipeg Miles Macdonell Collegiate Zane Zalis Music production and choral for grades 10 to 12 Students perform for the Queen and learn teamwork, accountability and commitment through music.
Manitoba
Certificate of Excellence
Winnipeg Winnipeg Shaftesbury High School Adrian Deakin, April McKnight and Robert Streimer Science, chemistry and physics for grades 9 to 12 Team of teachers assumes ground control and mentors students in the design, creation, launch and recovery of high-altitude balloons and their payloads.
New Brunswick
Certificate of Achievement
Fredericton Fredericton Kingsclear Consolidated School Matthew McGuire Literacy, math, science, social studies, art, health for grades 3 to 5 Connecting students to the rest of the world, teacher builds classroom without walls.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Certificate of Excellence
St. John's St. John's Holy Cross Junior High Christina Cox Language arts for grades 7 to 9 Techie-teacher seizes every opportunity to get students involved in activities that will get them trying new things.
Nova Scotia
Certificate of Achievement
Fall River Lower Sackville Lockview High School Joseph Cormier Explore Music, instrumental music for grades 9 to 12 It's not just teaching students, it's building great citizens: music teacher inspires students to become risk-takers and encourages them to move beyond what they currently know.
Nova Scotia
Certificate of Achievement
Halifax Halifax Armbrae Academy Stephanie Sajatovich Math for grade 7, science for grade 9 and physics for grades 11 and 12 Grade 9 teacher transforms classroom into hub of research and discovery and where science becomes second nature.
Nunavut
Certificate of Excellence
Rankin Inlet Rankin Inlet Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik Lisa Kresky English, math, science, health, social studies, computers and tourism for grade 7 and high school In Rankin Inlet, teacher trains well-rounded young minds to explore the world not just beyond the classroom, but far beyond their town.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Aurora Aurora St. Andrew's College Robert S. Perrier Math for grades 11 and 12 A little extra help can go a long way: dedicated veteran teacher helps students place internationally at prestigious math competitions.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Barrie Barrie Eastview Secondary School Clint Lovell History for grades 10 and 11 Local cenotaph inspires series of high school research projects and publications, uncovers family mysteries.
Ontario
Certificate of Excellence
Georgina Island Georgina Island Waabgon Gamig First Nation School Tanya Leary Language, math, science, social studies, physical education and health for junior kindergarten to grade 3, and arts for grades 4 and 5 Teacher transports two-room schoolhouse back to the future and helps Aboriginal students in remote community access opportunities for success.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
London London School Within A College Program (Alternative Education) Matthew Sereda All subjects offered in self-study model for alternative education (students ages 17 to 20) Starting from scratch, adult high school teacher develops local partnerships for relevant experience and builds a community instead of a classroom.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
New Liskeard New Liskeard École secondaire catholique Sainte-Marie Jules Bonin-Ducharme Grade 9 mathematics, theatre for grades 9 and 11, computer technology for grades 10 and 11 Cultural identity, environment, Francophonie: weekly themes for a teacher, his colleagues and his community but especially for his students.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Oakville Hamilton T.A. Blakelock High School Vanessa Pick Math for grades 10 and 12 Beach Ball Math, scavenger hunts and glow-in-the-dark classrooms: math teacher takes students on wild ride, exploring a universe of numbers, fractions and equations and how they all come together in the world outside the classroom.
Ontario
Certificate of Excellence
Oakville Oakville White Oaks Secondary School Carmen Gassi Music and computers for grades 11 and 12, instrumental music for grades 9 to 12 Caution: teacher's passion for music is contagious. Students line up to get to class before 7 am. Teacher dedicates himself to providing countless opportunities for his students to thrive.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Ottawa Ottawa First Avenue Public School Viviane Gaudreault All subjects except English language arts for grade 2 Creativity as important as literacy for grade two teacher who uses art to infuse passion in all subjects.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Pembroke Chapeau Fellowes High School Suzanne Kelly Developmental curriculum development - Life skills for program leader for special education for grades 9 to 12 Special education teacher makes sure all voices are heard, uses pictures to communicate with students.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Peterborough Peterborough Crestwood Secondary School Salvatore Sinopoli Mathematics for grades 9 to 12 Veteran high school math teacher and football coach makes people feel important and has a keen ability to empathize with students.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Tilbury Pain Court École élémentaire catholique Saint-Francis Anne-Marie Pinsonneault Computer science, literacy, learning coach, grade 3 and 8 math 40% computer science, 40% special education and 20% learning coach: teacher gives 120% to all her jobs and promotes French in a primarily English-speaking area.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Toronto Toronto Beverley Public School Stacie Carroll and Sabrina Tayebjee Morey Special education and developmental disabilities for junior and senior kindergarten It's all in the palm of your hand: teachers use everyday digital devices to revolutionize how teachers of students with communication disorders look at socialization.
Ontario
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto Toronto The Bishop Strachan School Harriet Simand Math, science, language and social studies for grade 6 Ban the bag: campaigning initiatives bring students, teacher to the Toronto City Council to ban plastic bag use.
Quebec
Certificate of Achievement
Baie D'Urfé Pointe-Claire Dorset Elementary School Francine Perkal-Scott English, math, French, science and technology, and geography for grade 3 From robotics to social justice, grade 3 teacher keeps students spellbound throughout the year.
Quebec
Certificate of Achievement
Kuujjuaq Kuujjuaq Jaanimmarik School Edward Snowball Inuktitut for secondary 4 and 5 Inuktitut teacher ensures student pride in mother tongue. Students learn syllabic typing, design billboards and improve overall linguistic ability.
Quebec
Certificate of Excellence
Lavaltrie Lavaltrie École secondaire de la Rive Jean-Marc Perreault Science and technology, physics in grades 7 and 11 Teacher builds an actual simulation space capsule flight deck in the classroom and transforms his course into space conquests.
Quebec
Certificate of Excellence
Sainte-Marguerite Breakeyville École l'Étincelle de Sainte-Marguerite Johanne Morin French, math, science and technology, society, plastic arts, ethics, dramatic arts in grades 5 and 6 Visionary teacher creates innovative, captivating projects that pique her students' curiosity and lead them to develop critical thinking skills.
Saskatchewan
Certificate of Achievement
Regina Regina Campbell Collegiate Sherry Van Hesteren English and world literature Classroom knows no boundaries as teacher creates a stimulating environment where students can voice opinions in open discussions related to current events.
Yukon
Certificate of Excellence
Whitehorse Whitehorse Wood Street Centre Greig Bell Grade 10 Achievement Challenge Environment Service Experiential education pioneer has students learning in the moment who quickly become responsible and self-confident citizens ready to take on challenges.