Archived — David deBelle

Year: 2003 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Excellence Recipients

School: Joyce Public School
26 Joyce Parkway
Toronto, Ontario M6B 2S9

Principal: Cheryl Paige
School Telephone: 416-395-2600
School Fax: 416-395-2609
School website: http://schools.tdsb.on.ca/joyce
Teacher Email: david.debelle@tdsb.on.ca
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 1-5, mathematics, information computer technology, library, gym, French, science

Teaching approach:

Helps students develop positive attitude and a love of learning.

All students are capable of succeeding; need to ensure that they are all fully engaged in the learning process.

Outstanding achievements:

Mr. deBelle creates enriching learning opportunities that give students a chance to make a difference in their school and their communities. These goals were behind a project he initiated to create a green space within the school yard. This area gives students opportunities to explore their natural environment.

A firm believer in hands-on learning, he also launched a school robotic building program. By designing and building various objects, students learn important concepts and skills, including problem solving, computer animation and team work.

Mr. deBelle also fosters close relationships with parents. For parents who hesitate to get involved in school activities because of difficulties with English, he encourages them to take part in an interactive online reading program, offered at the end of the school day. Often families in need or crisis turn to deBelle for support. He listens and helps out when he can, and provides referrals, when needed.

In Praise Of:

"David has demonstrated a commitment and passion for the betterment of education that is not often seen. All his efforts are focused on students and providing innovative opportunities for improved learning." - Education Officer, Ministry of Education

"David is a teacher who appreciates and respects the strength in each child and teacher and supports them to achieve amazing results! This is a remarkable teacher, a credit to the teaching profession in every way." - Superintendent of Education

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