Archived — James Robert Chambers

Year: 2006 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipient

School: La Salle Secondary School
773 Highway 15
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 5H6

Principal: Emily Taylor
School Telephone: 613-546-1737
School Fax: 613-545-9220
School website:
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grade 9-12, Manufacturing Technology, Technical Design

Teaching approach:

  • Teaches theory in cooperation with practical applications.
  • Blends hands-on practical learning with the latest integration technology and exemplary practices.
  • Encourages students to expand their skills and knowledge of computer programs.
  • Challenges students to think on their feet and adapt when problem-solving.
  • Involves students as project leaders and designers, and engages students what their skill or ability level is.
  • Class motto is "Prepared for the Workplace".
  • Continuous personal professional development.

Outstanding achievements:

  • Mr. Chambers is one of the founding members of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Committee for the Limestone District School Board. As a member of the committee, Mr. Chambers is actively involved in the trades and constantly looking for more career pathways for his students. He developed an Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Millwright Machinist Program at La Salle Secondary School which regularly receives recognition from other school boards, community colleges and private corporations. Over the past four years, Mr. Chambers has tripled the sections of Manufacturing Technology at La Salle to six sections of Manufacturing, and also introduced a program in Design Technology.
  • Mr. Chambers has applied for and been granted funding for four innovative projects under the Limestone District School Board's Learning Foundation. The first was a universal carving duplicator, which was designed using Inventor 3D software and built by his students and then donated to the wood working class for their use. The second was a portable bandsaw mill designed using AutoCad software. This too was built by his students and donated to the woodworking class. The third grant was awarded to Mr. Chambers for his students to design and build a large pig roasting gas barbeque, which was then given to the school's hospitality course for students to learn techniques for catering large outdoor venues. The fourth grant is for a solar car project which is being built by his students. Mr. Chambers engages community partners for all projects and also ties them into other curriculum areas such as physics, math, English and so on.
  • In line with the class motto, "Prepared for the Workplace," Mr. Chambers makes preparing a portfolio to take to job interviews a priority for his students. Many of Mr. Chambers students have been placed into apprenticeships with well-known companies, while others find themselves well-prepared for college programs.
  • Mr. Chambers emphasizes health and safety in the shop and includes in the program a St. Johns Ambulance First Aid program as well as a full Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System course for students to receive certification.
  • Mr. Chambers has been part of the writing team for the Province of Ontario's Curriculum Course Profiles, ARMS Documents and Safe Documents for the Ontario Council of Technology Education and has written the Limestone District School Board's Technical Safety Manual for Technology Teachers. He was also on the review team for Pearson's textbook, "Integrated Technologies," and was the recipient of the provincial 2005 Dick Hopkins Award for Excellence in Teaching Technological Education given jointly by Skills Canada Ontario and the Ontario Council of Technology Education.

Rave reviews:

"Mr. Chambers is an exceptional classroom teacher. His leadership and commitment to technical education and his students are outstanding. His hard work, positive attitude and disposition is greatly appreciated by staff and students alike." - Vice Principal, La Salle Secondary School

"It is obvious that Mr. Chambers has developed an innovative curriculum that equips his students to meet the growing needs of business and industry, but, more importantly, he has done so in a fashion that engages his students and a supporting community with great success." - Manager, Maintenance and Reliability Engineering, INVISTA Kingston site

"Many doors have been opened to me and many new opportunities have become available to me as a direct result of Mr. Chambers' incredible and one of a kind Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program. I am now a first year apprentice with a millwright company who even took me on as a summer student last July due to Mr. Chambers' recommendation. I have great hopes for my future and furthering my career and education in the millwright field and I owe all of my success to Mr. Chambers." - Former student

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