Archived — Michael Gange

Year: 2003 – Province: New Brunswick

Certificate of Excellence Recipients

School: Fredericton High School
300 Priestman Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 6J8

Principal: Ann Krause
School Telephone: 506-453-5435
School Fax: 506-453-3050
School email:
School website:
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 10 and 12 / media studies, journalism, English

Teaching approach:

Heightens students' awareness of their rights and instills in them a sense of civic responsibilities.

Helps students learn to value each others opinions, and helps them find ways to express their views.

Outstanding achievements:

Mr. Gange uses journalism and media studies to help students develop critical thinking and writing skills. In his writing classes, students prepare articles on a range of topics, from current events to school sports. These articles are then published in the school's online magazine, The Day, which was recognized by CNN as "one of the finest examples of student journalism." To help students get their work published, he also developed professional publishing guidelines, which are now being used by schools, universities and colleges in Canada and abroad.

Important themes running through Mr. Gange's courses are cultural and civic awareness and pride. Field trips to museums, heritage sites and cultural centres, and to New Brunswick legislature and Parliament Hill make these concepts real for students.

Mr. Gange's commitment to helping young people succeed led him to volunteer with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards' Young Canadian Challenge. As an award leader, he has guided more than 1,000 students through the program, whose aim is to equip young people with life skills. In addition, he supports many of the school's extra-curricular activities, including providing leadership training to students involved in the yearbook and school newspaper.

In Praise Of:

"McLuhan said that putting a television in every class would revolutionize the education process and totally change how we look at school. Teachers like Mr. Gange have taken the way education used to be and totally revolutionized the way we think about education and the media." - Grade 12 student

"We have all benefited from Mike's energy, efforts and expertise, but the real beneficiaries of his talents are his students." - Teacher

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