Year: 2014 – Province: Québec
Certificate of Excellence Recipient
Centre de la petite enfance La Goélette enchantée
66 Racine Street
Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec G3Z 2R1
Type of setting: Preschool for children ages 4 to 5 years
Mr. Laplante is known by his peers and by many parents as someone with a true passion for teaching. His colleagues appreciate him for having been such a great mentor, guide, advisor, and, above all, a friend, for all these years.
During his teaching career, Mr. Laplante has acquired in-depth knowledge of every aspect of child development (social, motor, language and cognitive). He gives special attention to every child in his class. He observes the behaviours, aptitudes and interests of each of his students and then adapts his activities to their specific needs.
Support of child development:
- Mr. Laplante keeps the children interested in the games he presents by adding interesting material, stimulating their imagination, and referring to what they say interests them. For example, he may delve into planets after asking the children what they know about Mars;
- He loves using current events, the physical environment and the children's own questions to develop his activities program.
Involvement with parents, families and the community:
- Mr. Laplante encourages parents to take part in their children's activities by accompanying them to educational outings such as visits to fire stations or the library;
- He enjoys talking to his students about different nationalities and explaining to them how various cultures may be similar or different.
My daughter was lucky enough to have Mr. Laplante as a teacher and she just loved him. She found him reassuring, fun and wise.
Not only is Arnold an exemplary teacher, but he is also a reliable and trustworthy colleague. He is always available, a great listener, generous and attentive. He is very respectful of others and, despite his many years of experience, always considers others' opinions important.
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