Archived — Marie Chomyn
Year: 2012 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence Recipient
Tecumseh Elementary School
1852 East 41st Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia V5P 1K9
Subjects and grades taught: All subjects for grades 6 and 7
Cleopatra, Amelia Earhart, Aristotle and Arthur Erickson all get together and have a blast when Marie Chomyn is your teacher. Students learn through contemporary role-play as they select, research, adopt and present a historically eminent person in one of Marie Chomyn's latest multi-week projects. She sparks a flame in each of her students through a variety of exciting opportunities.
Chomyn encourages students to use online learning to extend their classroom education as she fosters leadership and student social responsibility. She makes use of available resources in the community as her students are challenged with multi-disciplinary activities and become autonomous learners and thinkers who monitor and report on their own learning.
- The leader behind the Vancouver Board of Education's Multi-Age Cluster Class (MACC) for over ten years, Chomyn has developed a gifted program where every student is challenged to identify their talents and to thrive in a unique way. Through the program, students have demonstrated their proficiency with online research and digital publishing to produce an award-winning newspaper for the Vancouver Sun Create-a-Classroom-Newspaper contest.
- Chomyn is the mastermind behind the yearly Evening of Eminence event in partnership with the Museum of Vancouver. Her students present their learning from a week of tailored activities, dressed in character as eminent people from different eras, interacting with parents and the public in unique "tableaux" situations.
- Chomyn runs a student leadership program that is based on volunteerism. The program expands to include almost the entire school and results in student-led projects that improve the quality of school life for others. This year over two-thirds of the student body is involved in the program.
- Always connecting class learning with real-world activities, Chomyn has sparked a variety of programs and projects including the Science Celebration event in partnership with Telus World of Science for students from Vancouver schools where participants have access to a full day of presentations, workshops and displays. Chomyn also coordinates the Heritage Fair program and the Let's Talk Science initiative in partnership with the University of British Colombia to bring guest lecturers into the classroom.
"When I'm old and grey, I will think back upon my years in elementary school and certain things will come to mind; MACC and you, Ms. Chomyn"
"Ms. Chomyn paid attention to each person's unique learning style and gave us not only a 'mark' but also constructive feedback. I truly felt she cared and gave consideration to each of her students."
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