Archived — Recipient Bios

Year: 1998 – Province: Newfoundland and Labrador

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Alphonsus Whiffen

School: Brother Rice High School

Principal: Francis Whitty
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Grades/Subjects Taught: Secondary technology, chemistry, co-operative education (computer studies)

Teaching approach:

Prepare students for the competitive world:

  • offer the best technological expertise available
  • promote lifelong learning skills and critical thinking
  • provide opportunities to develop contacts and new skills in the workplace.

Outstanding achievements:

Initiated installation of computer network:

  • 95 computers in school, all networked with Internet access, including two computer labs, most classrooms and several resource rooms (started with 10 Commodore 64s)
  • helped maintenance person with installation and routing of hardware and recruited students to help connect computers.

Instrumental in school's involvement in the STELLAR Schools project and the Enhancing Student/Teacher Learning Through Technology initiative. These programs provide high-speed Internet access to schools and encourage integration of computer technology into teaching.

Involved in creating career development programs:

  • Partnerships in Education Regional Employer Database, a database of collaborative employment initiatives between school and community partners
  • Computer Studies Co-op Program, student placements with local industry
  • Career Information Technology Centre, provides access to career and labour resources on the Web and makes specialized software available.

Designed two advanced chemistry courses with another teacher and a self-paced computer technology curriculum when computers were first introduced to school.

Contributes extensively to staff development with training sessions, open-door policy for advice and Internet workshops.

Rave reviews:

"His skill, enthusiasm for the development of a positive learning environment in our school, and his dedication to this task have opened so much of an opportunity for students and teachers alike." Fellow teacher

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