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Year: 2002 – Province: Manitoba

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Ken Overby

School: Teulon Collegiate Institute
General Delivery
Teulon, Manitoba  R0C 3B0

Principal: Ron Taylor
School Telephone: 204-886-2593
School Fax: 204-886-2590
School website:
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grade 9, 11-12, mathematics, applied mathematics, calculus

Teaching approach:

  • Provide a positive environment that allows students to take chances and be supported in their endeavours in and out of the classroom.
  • Education is "all encompassing" and should include experiences in and out of school.

Outstanding achievements:

Instrumental in the implementation of several new provincial mathematics curricula at the school, Overby emphasizes in his courses critical thinking, discovery learning and hands-on experiences, employing a variety of educational strategies to reach the largest number of students possible.

Students respond to his passion for teaching, great love of mathematics and love of his students with energy and attention. With exceptional marks, too: there is a 98.5 percent pass rate in his courses, and no student has ever failed his Grade 12 calculus or advanced math courses.

Responded to students' interests by developing an agriculture course at the school. The course includes not only academic study but recognizes the importance of community and business partnerships and the agriculture-related opportunities for students living in a rural community. A number of interesting field trips and guest speakers expose students to many aspects of modern agricultural practice.

Coaches a wide variety of sports teams at the school including basketball, soccer, cross-country and track and field program, the latter on courses he made and maintains.

Rave reviews:

"I've decided to go into teaching because of Mr. Overby. His teaching method is unlike any other teacher's." Student

"In my capacity as curriculum coordinator for mathematics, I have seen Mr. Overby demonstrate not only a love for mathematics; but a true joy for the teaching of this subject." Colleague

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