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2019 Recipients — Teaching Excellence in STEM

Province Community Name of school Name of recipient Grades and subjects taught Highlights
Certificate of Excellence Fort McMurray Father Patrick Mercredi High School Tamarra Price Chambrinho Communication Technologies and Media, and Communication Technologies, grades 7–12 The "heart and soul" of her school's technology program, this long-time teacher brings technology opportunities to her remote community, while instilling leadership and mentoring skills, and fostering collaborative learning and digital literacy.
Certificate of Achievement Calgary Crossing Park School Andrea Catherine Bailey Math, Science, Computing Science, Grade 8 Science students take on projects such as designing, building and working with experts to refine exhibits for local science museum; students of all abilities benefit from this teacher's individualized approach to math and problem solving.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement Courtenay Comox Valley Schools Kara Dawson Technology education, district-wide, Kindergarten to Grade 7 District leader brings cutting-edge technology to elementary schools in her area, introducing tools to support students who struggle in the traditional classroom and supporting educators so they can integrate STEM into their teaching.
Certificate of Achievement Pitt Meadows Pitt Meadows Secondary School Kelvin Dueck Physics, science, math, grades 9–12 If it takes jumping out of a plane to engage his students in science and math, this teacher will do it; on the ground, he makes physics fun and relevant: they rip a phone book in half, pilot a toy hovercraft and try out a bed of nails.
Certificate of Achievement Winnipeg Balmoral Hall School Arda Thomson Kindergarten (science, math, social studies, language arts, art) Bringing up the next generation of scientists and engineers, this educator introduces the scientific method and design process, focusing class work around tinkering and building; very young girls build structures and learn to use tools.
New Brunswick
Certificate of Excellence Hillsborough Caledonia Regional High School Benjamin Kelly Technology, Computer Science, Math, Cybersecurity, Digital Productions, Entrepreneurship,
Co-op Education, Environmental Science and Media Studies, grades 6–12
Every student at this teacher's small rural school enrols in his STEM program, surveying with drones, building the first iOS apps in Atlantic Canada and connecting with the world through Skype, all while developing empathy and a sense of belonging.
Certificate of Achievement Riverview Riverview East School Andrew Harris All subjects, Grade 1 Believing that creativity and collaboration are just as important as literacy and numeracy, this young educator blends Maker Ed with art, math, reading and writing; children learn to code, build robots and work with circuits—skills they'd typically learn only in later grades.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Certificate of Achievement St. John's St. Matthew's School Nancy Alexandra Ryan All subjects, grade 3 This environmental steward engages children with stories of her hobby farm, woodland, animals and new technologies; children look after an extensive school garden, and learn about the local flora, fauna and geology on after-school hikes.
Certificate of Achievement Brampton Jean Augustine Secondary School Scott D. Currie Technological design, grades 9 to 12 Dedicated to pushing the boundaries of design, this teacher has students design and create products with a purpose and impact—including a new kitchen for the local food bank.
Certificate of Achievement Thornhill Thornlea Secondary School Jacqueline Ross Science, grades 9–12 This former research assistant grounds her teaching in her passion for research; via hands-on projects students test their digital literacy skills, figure out how to survive outdoors with no food, and collaborate to build models of an outdoor classroom.
Certificate of Achievement Toronto Georges Vanier Secondary School Victor Samou Wong Visual Art and Science, grades 9–12 Committed educator turned school into technology powerhouse, giving students from across the board the chance to use high-tech gear; he combines technology and art so they can express themselves and explore their cultural identity.
Certificate of Achievement Waterloo Waterloo Collegiate Institute Aleda Klassen Mathematics, grades 10–11 In a classroom that looks like a collaborative space at a tech start-up, this dedicated teacher harnesses technology to foster student success and facilitate assessment; hands-on approaches, and chocolate, engage reluctant math students.
Certificate of Achievement Lavaltrie École secondaire de la Rive Stéphane Arbour 3e secondaire (science) Managing a small television studio to broadcast school events; learning to repair electronic equipment to counter planned obsolescence; fund-raising to finance a competition: these are all projects this teacher has involved his students in to teach them to take on a challenge, see further ahead and make the most of their individual strengths.
Certificate of Achievement Montréal Trafalgar School for Girls Christianne Loupelle Science and Technology, grades 7, 9 and 10, Physics, Grade 11 With her DIY approach to teaching STEM, this hands-on educator gets girls learning by doing; they are designing a playground, and put on an exhibition of paper dresses they designed and created to honour missing and murdered Indigenous girls and women.
Certificate of Achievement Saint-Agapit École Beaurivage Steve Julien 2e, 4e et 5e secondaires (science et chimie) A born educator, motivator and mentor, this teacher is passionate in his belief that caring, discipline and intellectual curiosity go hand in hand with experimentation and humour to create an engaging, stimulating learning space that encourages and supports his students' development and their ongoing desire to excel.
Certificate of Achievement Sherbrooke Séminaire de Sherbrooke Francys Gauthier 2e, 3e, 4e et 5e secondaires (anglais langue seconde, robotique) Moved by a contagious passion for STEM subjects, this teacher uses projects to push the boundaries of theoretical concepts by building on student-centred experimentation and learning. He also gathers mentors around him who contribute to the authenticity of the teaching projects he proposes.
Certificate of Achievement Regina Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School Heather Faris Science 9, Health Science 20, Biology 30 Using personal stories, engaging demonstrations and even her pet snake to make learning meaningful, this teacher involves her students in real-life research and shares her strategies with other teachers so they can do the same.
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