Archived — Recipient Bios

Year: 2002 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Lorraine Ruscitti

School: Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School
1375 Harwood Avenue North
Ajax, Ontario  L1T 4G8

Principal: Mike Bak
School Telephone: 905-686-4300
School Fax: 905-686-4787
School website:
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 9, 10, 12, core French, English as a second language

Teaching approach:

  • Be prepared to mentor colleagues and teacher candidates in teaching strategies.
  • Help students not only be excited about learning, but be excited and confident about lifelong learning.

Outstanding achievements:

Energizes student learning of French with exercises and activities for listening, reading, speaking, drama, multimedia productions and computer presentations. Reinforces French-language acquisition by offering students a global perspective of the Francophonie, information on jobs available to bilingual students, and exposure to French culture, music and traditions from French-speaking countries in the world. With her encouragement and tutoring, students pursue international travel, Canadian and international exchange programs, summer and university French-language courses, bursaries and scholarships

Coordinates school's international student exchange program, student bursary program and Canadian exchange program and is investigating bringing the Advanced Placement program to school.

Created the extracurricular French club to extend and expand students' French-language skills. Club hosts an international evening with food, costumes, artifacts and entertainment. Students also read in French to primary grade students.

Established and implemented the parent volunteer program, and initiated a community exchange program between elementary students and senior citizens.

Rave reviews:

"Lorraine brings great respect to her students and the curriculum, and this inevitably leads to many successes." Fellow teacher

"Her flexibility in working with students, teachers and the public has earned her an enviable reputation as an excellent teacher who truly cares about our young people." Vice-principal

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