Archived — Recipient Bios

Year: 1999 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Marlene Walther

School: Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute

Principal: Ian MacRae
Grades/Subjects Taught: Business English, technological design, computer networking

Teaching approach:

  • Foster connection between in-school courses and outside world, make education more meaningful for students, bring authentic projects into the curriculum.
  • Stay on the forefront of technological innovation through professional development.
  • Support and promote contests and competitions for students, challenging them to excel.

Outstanding achievements:

Launched innovative new program combining business English with technological design:

  • credit course entitled The Printing Press produces real-life product, a student-designed and -published newspaper, Eye of the Tiger
  • project acts as vehicle for learning, emphasizing open-ended problem solving, focusing on process as well as product or solution
  • Eye of the Tiger achieved provincial honours at annual High School Newspaper Awards; student editor won four awards and another student won an award
  • project and awards attracted media attention; students did radio and television interviews.

Developed innovative courses that capture students' interest and promote learning. Students:

  • are exposed to diverse and complex design processes and problems
  • take progressively greater responsibility for their work
  • work as a team, facing deadlines and responsibilities
  • develop and show leadership in areas within larger project
  • add many accomplishments and employability skills to their résumés
  • receive reference letters from employers.
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