Archived — Michelle Hamilton

Year: 2003 – Province: British Columbia

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

School: Belgo Elementary School
125 Adventure Road
Kelowna, British Columbia V1X 1N3

Principal: Jody Nelson
School Telephone: 250-765-8900
School Fax: 250-491-0458
School website:
Teacher Email:
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 3-4/French immersion - all subjects

Teaching approach:

Children truly learn only by having fun and with hands-on experience.

French immersion is more than just teaching a language; it's teaching another culture.

Outstanding achievements:

Ms. Hamilton includes students in school-based team meetings with parents, teachers, the principal and other professionals.

She ensures that resources are always available in the classroom and in the school, building a bank of richer, more current, and relevant resources for French reading, social studies, and math.

She created a daily weather project, La Météo, with Environment Canada, that was highlighted on Global TV.

Ms. Hamilton created a car-rally website project where her students used a city map to direct parent chauffeurs to the shortest route possible from one location to the next in Kelowna. Students answered questions related to their website journey and shared their experience with four other British Columbia schools via the Internet.

In Praise Of:

"I think almost any teacher can read the curriculum and give students exercises to do. It is another rare breed of teacher who can transpose the two-dimensional learning expectations into three-dimensional experience. Michelle does this in her class, not once in a while, but consistently." - Parent

"When I asked my daughter what it was that she liked so much about Michelle (who taught her two years ago), she replied that Michelle made her feel special. I suspect that each child in that class felt the same." - Parent

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