Year: 2010-2011 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Lansdowne Middle School
765 Lansdowne Road
Victoria BC V8P 1A7
Subjects and grades taught: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and ESL for grade 6
Teaching ApproachBone Comics, you’re no competition for this literacy-teaching superhero! Lansdowne Middle School’s Kristy Kilpatrick shows students how to love reading. She gets excited about coming to class every day and her students have caught the bug. They’re inspired to learn alongside her and from each other. Ms. Kilpatrick is constantly challenging herself, finding new projects and generally just loving school.
- Ms. Kilpatrick leads the school’s Network of Performance Based Schools team, a group of teachers dedicated to implementing ways to improve student literacy. Under her guidance, the team developed a renewed focus to incorporate digital technology in their practice. The team has doubled in size and initiatives like digital storytelling, blogs, wikis, moodles, googledocs are becoming common practices. Check out Ms. Kilpatrick’s own blog, which she uses to communicate better with students and their parents: www.advisory63.blogspot.com
- Ms. Kilpatrick is always on the lookout for potential partnerships with community groups. Her most recent project partners with the community group, Greenspots, which is dedicated to “urban wild culture”. Together with students, they are transforming part of the school-grounds into a native plant garden that students will take care of for years to come.
- Ms. Kilpatrick also got her students involved with the Community School Interviews Society, through which they invent and pose high-level questions for community leaders.
"I used to think reading is boring, but Mrs. K. suggested other books that got me interested in reading and now I like reading novels, not just Bone comics."
"[Kristy’s] expertise and love of literacy has been contagious – she is responsible for mentoring many teachers and has a special gift of leading by example. It is her enthusiasm and excellent leadership skills that have been responsible for inspiring more and more teachers every year at our school to become life-long learners in education."