Archived — Andrew Hickey

Year: 2003 – Province: Newfoundland and Labrador

Certificate of Excellence Recipients

School: Holy Heart High School
55 Bonaventure Avenue
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 3Z3

Principal: David Cooper
School Telephone: 709-754-1600
School Fax: 709-754-0855
School website: www.hhm.k12.nf.ca
Teacher Email: andrewhickey@esdnl.ca
Teacher Website: www.hhm.k12.nf.ca/faculty.php?readbio=ahickey
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 11-12 / earth systems, environmental, cooperative education

Teaching approach:

Emphasizes communication, respect, cooperation, responsibility and the development of the whole person in teaching practices.

Education is all encompassing and should include experiences in and out of school.

Provides hands-on experience to reach the largest possible number of students.

Outstanding achievements:

Mr. Hickey often uses hands-on learning activities to stimulate students' imaginations and creative abilities. For example, he spearheaded a school mural project, based on the theme of exploring the earth's geological history. Students from every grade participated - researching the earth's history, choosing a specific era, and then designing and painting murals throughout the school.

He also initiated a number of website projects, which gave students opportunities to use videos, digital cameras, audio, scanners and various types of software, to tell the story of unique aspects of Canada's natural resources.

Lessons are built around everyday items to ensure that all students can grasp complex scientific ideas. Under his creative eye, M & M candies become a way to explain radioactive isotypes, and moose stew and caribou sausages become a way to discuss conservation management.

An outdoor enthusiast, Mr. Hickey initiated an outdoor excursion program at the school. The annual trip to Gros Morne National Park provides all students with the opportunity to explore the natural wonders and conduct scientific field studies within the incredible world heritage site. And to ensure that everyone takes part, he organizes fundraisers to help students cover the cost of the trip.

In Praise Of:

"Andrew Hickey is an exceptional teacher whose hard work and enthusiasm has resulted in outstanding learning experiences for his students." - Education Specialist

"Mr. Hickey recognizes each student's unique assets and makes each student feel appreciated and accomplished, both inside and outside the classroom." - Student

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