Teaching at the Top
P.Eng., presents a certificate to recipient Randy Roth
of Forestburg School.
BY JEANNE KEASCHUK
Senior Outreach Coordinator
APEGGA is pleased to announce 14 recipients in the 2004
Who Makes School Cool program. This year’s winners
are elementary, junior high, and senior high science and
math teachers who are respected, admired and appreciated
by students, colleagues, parents and many others within their
They are teachers who change attitudes and understanding,
not only in science and math, but also in education in general.
They make learning easier, and more fun and more relevant
than it would be without them.
These teachers don’t just teach subjects, they teach
life skills. They are role models for students and colleagues.
They are friends and mentors. They set high standards for
their own professionalism and ethics.
They are leaders who help and inspire colleagues. They challenge
students to do their best – always. The list of attributes
is even longer from this year’s list of nominators.
If these teachers sound like they come from the highest echelon
of their craft, then you’re on-side with the judges
of the APEGGA Teacher Awards program.
Throughout June, APEGGA members had the pleasure and honour
to visit schools and present awards to often surprised recipients,
who received proud cheers, applause and standing ovations.
Each teacher award recipient was presented with a certificate
and a $1,000 donation to the school to improve teaching and
student learning in science and math. APEGGA also hosts events
to honour each award recipient.
More than 800 Alberta students, parents and school colleagues
nominated 142 math and science teachers for the 2004 Teacher
Awards program. APEGGA President Linda Van Gastel, P.Eng.,
has sent a letter to all nominees and a certificate of nomination.
The correspondence APEGGA received supporting each nomination
has been sent to the teachers so they know the high regard
and value they have within their school community.
APEGGA congratulates the following recipients in the 2004
Teacher Awards Who Makes School Cool program and shares a
few quotes from their nominators.
2004 APEGGA TEACHER AWARDS RECIPIENTS
Westwood Community High School, Fort McMurray
Her teaching has made me addicted to chemistry. She personifies
all the qualities of an excellent teacher: hard work, persistence,
diligence, patience, creativity and passion.
Central Peace High School, Spirit River
Her love of science comes through time and time again. She
is a crackerjack science teacher who consistently invests
extra time and energy in promoting science.
Notre Dame School, Leduc
Mrs. Doherty teaches math really well because she really
loves it. We always do wonderful experiments that make me
interested to the top of my brain.
Ecole Dr. Bernard Brosseau School, Bonnyville
Students in Mr. D’s class don’t just hear about
science and math, they live it and experience it to the fullest.
He is a teacher whose heart lies in the classroom.
Dewberry School, Dewberry
Math is my favourite. It’s because Miss McMann makes
it so I don’t get confused and I have fun. She teaches
her students to challenge themselves in school and in life.
Harry Ainlay School, Edmonton
Through his encouragement, humour and unique style, he has
driven me and many students to succeed in our studies and
he has fostered our desire to learn. Mr. Poon is a teacher
who has surpassed excellence.
Crescent Valley School, Hinton
Mr. Schroder has a love of math. He is a mentor and guide
for many teachers. He is an inspiration to us all.
Malcolm Tweddle School, Edmonton
Mrs. Whillans makes our work easy, fun and cool. When I grow
up I want to be a math and science teacher just like her.
Father Scollen School, Calgary
Mr. Diduck is one of the most inspiring and admirable science
teachers of all time. Mr. Diduck makes school a place where
I want to be. He is a teacher I will never forget.
Ross Glen School, Medicine Hat
His imagination and adventurous spirit have truly been a
catalyst for others. I wish I could be his student every
Sunnyside Community School, Calgary
Mrs. Mac has taught me that math is in everything. She has
demonstrated an incredible passion for math that is contagious
for students and adults. She is truly brilliant and gifted
in her chosen career.
Forestburg School, Forestburg
His classroom is a constant blur of activity. He has a unique
way of turning what could be a very ordinary physics or math
lession into a quest for knowledge. Randy makes students
want to learn.
Bishop McNally High School, Calgary
His philosophy is simple: Students learn science by doing
science. His lessons are filled with dynamic energy and creative
ativities. Mr. Skitsko is a great inspiration and he encourages
me to be all I can be.
Warner School, Warner
Mr. Zink was born to be a teacher. Mr. Zink is awesome at
explaining things. Children love to go to his class. He has
made a difference in my life. He is both professional and
personal in everything that he does.