Archived — Carolyn Wilson

Year: 2003 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Excellence Recipients

School: St. Michael Catholic Secondary School
240 Oakdale Avenue
Stratford, Ontario N5A 7W2

Principal: Tim Doherty
School Telephone: 519-271-0890
School Fax: 519-271-8250
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Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 11-12 / media studies, Canadian and world issues

Teaching approach:

Helps students develop a thirst for learning throughout their lives.

Fosters respect and a sense of community with students.

Outstanding achievements:

Ms. Wilson helps students better understand world trends and issues by discussing events and critically examining how the different media convey messages about these events.

She has also pioneered an exciting interdisciplinary program in media studies and global education, which allows her students to get involved in community outreach and a billeting experience in the Dominican Republic. This "life-changing" experience broadens students understanding of the world, and they are often called upon to share their experiences with young people across the province.

Ms. Wilson is also president of the Association for Media Literacy in Ontario. She co-authored the best selling textbook, Mass Media and Popular Culture, Version 2, and prepares study guides for CHUM Television's classroom programming. She has given numerous workshops on a range of topics including global studies and the media, gender representation, and the role of media literacy in communications technology programs.

In Praise Of:

"Ms. Wilson is more to me than just a teacher. She is an inspiration and a hero. She has broadened my horizons and inspired me to do great things." - Student

"My daughter has taught in immigrant and refugee centres, jails, alternative schools, and international language schools B displaying the same creativity, passion, and cultural sensitivity which was modeled for her by Ms. Wilson." - Parent

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