Archived — Bernadette Berthelotte

Year: 2003 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

School: W.F. Herman Secondary School
1930 Rossini Blvd.
Windsor, Ontario N8W 4P5

Principal: Tom Halliwill
School Telephone: 519-944-4700
School Fax: 519-944-3809
School website: www.hermangriffins.com
Teacher Email: bernadette_berthelotte@gecdsb.on.ca
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 9-12/instrumental music

Teaching approach:

Uses music to teach tolerance, cultural awareness, cultural diversity, accommodation of special needs and camaraderie.

Mentors students to reach their goals.

Early is on time and on time is late.

Outstanding achievements:

The music program has grown from one part-time grade 9 instrumental class to a full time program with many instrumental classes from Grades 9-12. Berthelotte is responsible for organizing a yearly feeder school tour that shows prospective students what the music program has to offer. Grade 12 students are responsible for behind-the-scenes activities such as advertising and promotion.

She introduced daily "listening journals" where students research, listen to and write about a piece of music that is outside their usual experience. Students traditionally write about how the piece makes them feel, or how the piece reminds them of something. The journals are used as an evaluation tool.

Ms. Berthelotte also spearheaded a parent/teacher committee to raise funds for music program activities, equipment, upgrades and tours.

She has strong ties to the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, which provides students with an opportunity to learn from professional musicians, attend performances and be conducted by the Symphony's head conductor.

In Praise Of:

"… in my opinion, the music program at Herman is the best it has ever been as a result of Bernadette's commitment and on-going efforts." - Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of South Carolina

"I feel that my life has been enriched by Ms. Berthelotte and all that she has done. I met her as a music teacher, but now she is a mentor, an inspiration, and a good friend." - Student

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