Archived — Kernan John

Year: 2003 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

School: Marc Garneau Collegiate
135 Overlea Blvd.
Don Mills, Ontario M3C 1B3

Principal: Sue Ferguson
School Telephone: 416-396-2410
School Fax: 416-396-2407
School email:
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Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 11-12/biology

Teaching approach:

Believes in students first, second and always.

Treats all ideas and all people with respect.

Enlarges the curriculum to include life lessons, strategies in teaching and many issues.

Outstanding achievements:

Mr. John ensures students are ready for university by developing effective study, time-management and note-taking skills. Students attend three university lectures to get the feel of a university environment and to hone their note-taking skills.

Innovative biology projects have included an eight-week cat dissection, from surface to anatomy. John committed much personal time over almost two months preparing for this project. In turn, students were respectful of the specimen, demonstrating professionalism and an eagerness to participate.

Mr. John includes life lessons in his teaching and is a positive role model for good manners and professionalism. He encourages students to seek many sources of information to distill the good from the bad and fact from fiction. He also discusses and deals with controversies such as evolution, cloning, abortion and gene therapy.

He contributes to school activities such as international nights, Black History Month, Biology Club, fashion shows, sports and student council.

In Praise Of:

"Mr. John believes that every student is equally able to develop his or her potential, and that it is his duty to be there to ensure that no one who tries will do so alone." - Former student

"This is the man, who, despite the fact that he has the qualifications and has been repeatedly encouraged by peers and administrators, has never sought administrative posts, understanding that his subject, his department and - above all - his students need him." - Principal, North Toronto Collegiate Institute

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