Archived — Recipient Bios

Year: 1999 – Province: Manitoba

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Colleen Nick-Johnson , Doug McPherson , Geoffrey Briggs , Louise Redekop

School: John W. Gunn School

Principal: Peggy Anne Wall
School website: www.mbnet.mb.ca/~jwgunn/jwghome.htm
Grades/Subjects Taught: Math, science, language arts, social studies, creative arts, electronics technology, metals technology

Teaching approach:

  • Start small.
  • Assemble a team of enthusiastic teachers and administrators.
  • Integrate subjects by beginning with language arts and identifying connections to other subjects.
  • Provide differentiated learning opportunities so that all students can make sense of ideas and information.

Outstanding achievements:

Developed an exciting and challenging year-long program for middle-school students:

  • student-centred approach
  • "year-at-a-glance" shows all theme and project areas; allows teachers to make connections between themes, switch units
  • includes high-interest topics and a safe environment where each student's contribution is valued
  • features an atmosphere of trust where every student knows he or she belongs
  • students develop skills by working cooperatively.

Created an evaluation method involving student goal setting, reflection and self-evaluation now used throughout the school.

Successfully attracted public and private sector funds to support innovative approaches.

Absenteeism and behaviour incidents have been reduced to insignificant levels.

Rave reviews:

"[My daughter's] academic progress in your program has been exceptional. She has acquired many desirable life-long skills and attitudes because you have designed a Middle Years program that is unparalleled." Parent

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