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Archived — Arlene Anderson

Year: 2010-2011 – Province: British Columbia

Certificate of Excellence Recipient

Arlene Anderson

Rockridge Secondary School
5350 Headland Drive
West Vancouver, BC V7W 3H2

Principal: Marne Owen
School Tel.: 604-981-1300
School Fax: 604-981-1301
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Subjects and grades taught: All subjects for grades 8 to 12 as the teacher-librarian

If you have a vague idea, but you're not sure where to start, Arlene Anderson is your teacher. Call on Rockridge Secondary's techno-wiz teacher-librarian and your project is bound to come to life. If the school is an atom, Ms. Anderson's library is its nucleus where energy and enthusiasm fuel ideas.

Teaching approach

Ms. Anderson's impact is widespread and resonates beyond the walls of the school. She shows students the bigger picture and teaches them the relevance of what they learn at school by creating links with community organizations. When students and teachers ask for help, Ms. Anderson fuels the quest in the how and the where. And when Ms. Anderson runs a field trip, students will eagerly attest that you never just go places, you get involved in places.

Outstanding achievements

  • Ms. Anderson has taken the school library to a whole new level and makes sure that it belongs to the students. She established an acquisitions committee, guiding students through a comprehensive review of the many possibilities and charging them with the responsibility of selecting periodicals for the library.
  • Ms. Anderson has balanced books with magazines and set aside computer areas. Students have also learned how to use the various online databases and journals that she has acquired.
  • She spearheaded an initiative in the school that taught students to learn and research online, teaching them to cite sources properly and avoid plagiarism.
  • Championed an environmental club bringing students and staff together to create awareness of environmental issues. The club has successfully introduced a composting program, reducing school waste by nearly fifty percent.
  • Forever the innovator, Ms. Anderson designed a broadcast studio. From the beginning, students were involved and their efforts culminated in shows like the Rockridge Files, where they picked issues that concerned them … from garbage to peer pressure, the themes were created by students for students.

Rave reviews

"The other thing that he really admired is that she never told them how to do things; instead she facilitated the realization of their ideas. She organized the most amazing field trips to places like the British Columbian Institute of Technology, BCTV, and the Electronic Arts Games. (…) I think that my son, now a computer engineer, found his passion for technology because of Arlene."

Parent on behalf of student

"In all my years in high school, she has been a constant point of support for me, and has allowed me to make my goals and dreams reality. High school can be a scary place, and Ms. Anderson has helped me along with many other students find somewhere to belong, a 'niche'."


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