Archived — Recipient Bios

Year: 1999 – Province: Alberta

Certificate of Excellence Recipients

Stephen Gallagher

School: W. P. Wagner School of Science and Technology

Principal: Jennifer Lawley
School website:
Grades/Subjects Taught: Physics, math, calculus

Teaching approach:

  • Make math more meaningful by linking it with other subjects, especially physics
  • Invest in both the latest technology and garage-sale finds that can be modified to create learning tools.
  • Teach science and technology inside and outside the classroom.
  • Teach in an entertaining and captivating manner to draw students into subject matter.

Outstanding achievements:

Enrolment in Grade 11 and Grade 12 physics classes has more than doubled during his tenure.

Young women in his math and physics classes have performed significantly above the standard for young women province-wide. Forty-four percent scored 80 percent or better for their final class mark in Math 30 and Physics 30 in 1999.

Several of his students have completed at the Canada Wide Science Fair and two won in their category.

In the most recent round of provincial exams, 100 percent of his students passed compared to 88 percent province-wide.

Was script writer and on-camera presenter for the television series Physics: A World in Motion.

Rave reviews:

"Many times in the past five years I have stopped in the hallway outside his classroom just to listen – the enthusiasm is infectious." Fellow teacher

"There has been a 150 percent increase in the enrolment in physics in our school because of Stephen Gallagher's work." School administrator

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