Congratulations to our 2009 Teacher Awards recipients, whose names follow. Each name is accompanied by a few quotations from their nominators.
Oliver School, Edmonton
We are always doing fun and exciting experiments and projects that help us apply what we learn to the real world. This really helps us see how valuable science is in our day-to-day lives. Being in Ms. Benedet’s class has increased my love for and understanding of science.
W.P. Wagner School, Edmonton
Ms. Burnham has given me an entirely new way to think about math and its far-reaching effects on our daily life. Her teaching style is awesome! She has faith in me and made me realize that yes! I can do it!
Strathcona High School, Edmonton
Mr. Henkelman consistently engages and challenges students to delve into the mysteries and wonders of our physical world. He captivates his students with the extent of his knowledge, the depth of his understanding, and his brilliantly entertaining presentation of material. He embodies the heart of teaching.
Highlands School, Edmonton
Mr. McMain puts 150 per cent effort to make science fun and he definitely succeeds. He comes up with the coolest ideas and ways to teach us. He makes learning so fun that you barely notice that you are learning. Thank you, Mr. McMain, for giving us the best science classes ever!
Elmwood School, Edmonton
We do a ton of science experiments; I love them all. She doesn’t just tell us, she shows us. It is very apparent when you watch Amy teach that this is more than a job for her, teaching is her calling. Amy Peter is moulding future scientists.
George P. Nicholson School, Edmonton
I got lucky and was in Mr. Sobolewski’s class in Grade 2. Then I got lucky again and got him in Grade 3. For two years I had the best science classes of my life. Mr. Soboleweski changed my view of the world, not just science.
Fort McKay School, Fort McKay
I always thought that math was hard, but she makes it easy for us and if we can’t do it one way, she finds another way. I love math now. She incorporates math into everything she teaches and it is amazing! She has done a remarkable job in our school with math.
Glenmary Catholic High School, Peace River
With Mr. Pinnock as my math teacher, I can honestly say that I like school and love math class. He is beyond excellent as a math teacher. He makes every class interesting, challenging and, above all, enjoyable.
Hughenden Public School, Hughenden
Mrs. Campbell inspires love of learning and this is a true measure of a great teacher. She has motivated me and many other students to excel in biology and chemistry. I have become interested in furthering my education in science.
Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School, Calgary
Mme. Brunelle is a rare find. She simply makes math fun. She has such an uplifting and positive effect on all of us. She deserves endless thanks for her never-ending support and her incredible work to help us succeed.
Queen Elizabeth High School, Calgary
Every student tries to get into Mr. Condie’s classes. I can see his enthusiasm when he teaches. He has greatly increased my success in math. He exemplifies the dream teacher. He has made a difference in so many lives. Every student deserves a teacher like him.
Bishop Grandin High School, Calgary
Mrs. Gratton understands the typical high school student and works tirelessly to ensure that we learn the material in a way that interests us and inspires us to learn more. She teaches her classes with a contagious energy and passion. Science has never been more interesting or exciting.
Ta-Otha Community School, Nordegg
Mrs. Hanoski has opened our eyes to science and the outside world. She is very excited and happy about teaching us science and she passes that on to us. Mrs. Hanoski has gone above and beyond to create a science program at our school that is truly amazing.
Edgemont School, Calgary
When Mr. Rowe is teaching, he is having fun. He makes science come to life with meaning and purpose. He makes me feel enthusiastic to learn more cool stuff from him everyday. Mr. Rowe epitomizes the 21st century teacher. He is an extraordinary teacher who made a big difference in my appreciation of math and science.
Standard School, Standard
The impact Joyce Shigehiro has on her students is evident in their understanding of and achievement in mathematics. I will remember Miss Joyce for the rest of my life because she had a way of inspiring me in ways I could not have imagined.
Woodman Junior High School, Calgary
Mr. Thai is a strong believer that students should be given as much hands-on experience as possible so they can appreciate science. He has helped us to raise the profile of science throughout the school.