Archived — Recipient Bios

Year: 1999 – Province: British Columbia

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

David Oakley

School: Eric Hamber Secondary School

Principal: Lorne Kerr
School website: www.hamber.vancouver.bc.ca/
Grades/Subjects Taught: Science, chemistry

Teaching approach:

  • Emphasize classroom participation.
  • Work to increase students' confidence in their abilities and their skill at explaining course concepts.
  • Develop students' understanding of how different technologies can be integrated into the study of science, and foster a lifelong interest in science.
  • Teach both junior and senior grades to remain familiar with the curriculum and be involved with student achievement at all levels.

Outstanding achievements:

Students of all levels perform extremely well in his courses:

  • pass rate is consistently in the 97 to 98 percent rate at both the junior and senior levels
  • one of his Chemistry 12 students received the highest provincial scholarship exam mark in British Columbia
  • over the past five years, 51 of his students achieved scores of 95 percent or higher and four achieved 100 percent.

Worked closely with members of the English as a Second Language Department, he incorporated techniques such as using key visuals, supplementary texts and student mentoring to make science more meaningful to students for whom English is a second language.

Initiated the Science Challenge Program and the Advanced Placement program at Hamber.

Rave reviews:

"He welcomes ESL and special needs students into his classes and is able to make complex and abstract concepts relevant to all learners." Vice-principal

"Mr. Oakley understands the importance of developing in students self-confidence, personal responsibilities and the ability to work with others, and he has worked countless hours outside of school time to cultivate these qualities." Principal

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