Sukhdeep Kaur Chohan
Year: 2013 – Province: Ontario
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Hickory Wood Public School
630 Ray Lawson Boulevard
Brampton, Ontario L6Y 4W8
Subjects and Grades Taught: English as a Second Language, Math, Science, Social Studies for K to 5
Teaching is a divine blessing that allows one to serve children from the heart.
Sukhdeep Kaur Chohan
Singing and dancing their way through the cultures of the world, making sundaes to learn about probabilities and mini-pizzas to learn about fractions, Sukhdeep Kaur Chohan creates an inviting and creative environment for her students. She inspires self-awareness and belonging and a sense of community. Her students even refer to her as "teacher-mom"!
- Chohan designed an interactive classroom newsletter program that opens lines of reciprocal communication between teachers and families. The program received international acclaim through the National Foundation for Educational Research in the United Kingdom.
- Chohan has pioneered several programs that have received national and international attention through publication in the exclusive Canadian Early Childhood Education Journal and International ECE Journal by Springer. Her home-reading program called Smarties Read with Me addresses her students' literacy needs. Parents are trained to be at-home teachers and learn strategies and interactions appropriate to their child's reading level. Since its inception, the program has evolved to include online reading sites that are accessible from home. Chohan regularly provides feedback through the sites. Her school-wide mailing program has also had a huge impact on student development and literacy. With real-looking mailboxes, a sorting room and scheduled delivery times, over 1000 students from K to 5 busily write and distribute letters. The program eventually extended into students' homes and even engaged over 350 students in an e-pals program with students in other countries.
- Chohan also spearheaded the school's Holding Hands program and has nurtured a community where teachers, students and their families participate in awareness campaigns, food drives, and a wide variety of fundraising campaigns.
Ms. Chohan is a humanitarian who is a teacher by profession, leader by nature, and an angel at heart. She leaves loving heart prints in the lives of all her students and their families. In her, our children found guidance, support, love, understanding, and friendship.
Sukhi sees the hidden jewel in the most seemingly impervious rock, seeks creative ways to inspire young minds, promotes the development of leadership skills, provides opportunities for the discovery of passions, and moves mountains to find solutions for children experiencing difficulties.
Colleague and Retired Principal
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