Archived — Recipient Bios

Year: 1998 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Carolyn Humphrey , Jo-Anne LaForty , Lucia Sharp

School: O'Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute

Principal: Lynn Merriman
Grades/Subjects Taught: Secondary science, biology, chemistry, physics, information literacy, English, library

Teaching approach:

  • Focus on the needs of young women at risk of dropping out of senior science and mathematics courses.
  • Encourage them to participate in these courses and to become aware of career opportunities a science background provides.
  • Build student self-awareness and self-esteem.
  • Integrate subjects and technology into the curriculum.

Outstanding achievements:

Created STEM (Science Technology Esteem Matters) program and convinced major companies and science institutions to sponsor it:

  • two-credit course for young women integrates Grade 10 science and Grade 10 information and electronic literacy
  • features three strands: community connections, building self-esteem and volunteering in community
  • focuses on contributions of women to science, math and technology. Community partnerships offer hands-on experience and allow female students to make links between the knowledge base of the classroom and the practical applications in the working world.
  • goal is to create climate of success in which young women are encouraged to pursue studies in science, math and computers in high school and beyond. Research conducted in the first year indicated positive results, particularly around issues of attitude. The girls felt more positive towards science/technology and more positive towards themselves as learners.
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