Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence —
2013 Recipients List

2013 Recipients List
Province School Community Teacher community Name of school Name of teacher  Grades and
subjects taught
Highlights
Alberta
Certificate of Excellence
Airdrie Airdrie Ralph McCall School Brian Jackson Science, Social Studies, Math, LA, PhysEd for Grades 6 to 8 Science teacher reinforces principles of pride and respect in his hands-on and minds-on approach, and strikes a fine balance between technology-based learning principles and a traditional lecture-based learning style.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Sherwood Park Sherwood Park Bev Facey Community High School Gerald Chung Computer Science (Advanced Placement) for Grades 10 to 12 Computer teacher maintains a busy classroom where students explore a virtual universe and discover the connections that make computers work. Students build and fix electronics and provided with valuable skills for the work force.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Edmonton Edmonton St. Lucy Catholic School Melanie Colistro All subjects except Music for Grade 2 Teacher shows students that together they are stronger. Unique classroom setting with round tables, couches and beanbag chairs defines collaboration.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Lethbridge Lethbridge Chinook High School Craig Findlay Social, History, World History for Grades 9 to 12 History teacher known to students and colleagues as "go-to" person for resources and inspiration: organizes large-scale themed trips to Europe for students.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Calgary Calgary Lord Beaverbrook High School Charles Ross McIntyre Instrumental Music for Grades 10 to 12 Music teacher with multidisciplinary scope expands students' focus, zeros in on their strengths and pulls together innovative projects that have them learning about the arts through science and literature and vice-versa.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Fort McMurray Fort McMurray Father Mercredi High School Daron Van Lingen Robotics, Pre-Engineering, Engineering, Science Fair for Grades 7 to 12 Robotics teacher goes to great lengths to provide her students with world-class facilities at school's Science and Technology Centre. Centre has drawn visitors from other school districts, Oil Sands executives, and even a former Prime Minister.
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
Cold Lake Cold Lake Assumption Junior/Senior High School Colleen Yoshida Biology for Grades 10 to 12 Teddy Graham crackers demonstrate population dynamics: creative biology teacher establishes connect her classroom to the community and the private sector by establishing variety of partnerships.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Victoria Victoria Mount Douglas Secondary School Adrian French Social Studies, History, Physical Education for Grades 9 to 12 Storyteller-teacher with a background in the construction industry and passions for sports, history and geography, relies on relevant experiences to create one-of-a-kind projects for his students.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver Burnaby Thunderbird Elementary School Janey Lee Kindergarten Worm farms, organic vegetable gardens and up-close investigations: educator keeps students intrigued and keen to participate as they learn to count read and be socially responsible.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver Vancouver Templeton Secondary School Margo Murphy Chef Training, Culinary Arts for Grades 10 to 12 Educator turns cafeteria program into a competitive culinary arts program with over 160 students. Students given endless possibilities to work with Vancouver's finest chefs and experience the elements of a chef's life well beyond the classroom.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver Vancouver Florence Nightingale School Gina Wong Kindergarten Hard work and dedication pay off: skillful and tech-savvy teacher creates lessons, like a digital storytelling unit based on The Three Little Pigs, which engage students to think about the world around them.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Burnaby Burnaby John Knox Christian School Yvonne Dewith All subjects except for Music for Grade 3 Grade three teacher jumps on opportunities to get students out of the classroom and learning lessons pertinent to the real world. Students become engaged citizens and leaders in environmental awareness.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Vancouver Burnaby Sir Winston Churchill/VLN Peter Katsionis Law, Social Justice for Grade 12 After 32 years, teacher's love for his job is still clear. Infuses his teaching with values-based leadership and the techniques through which students can one day make a difference.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Surrey Surrey Guildford Park Secondary School Stefan Stipp English, Social Studies, Psych. Career Edu., Skill De for Grades 9 to 11 Teacher promotes self-regulated learning and inspires students to examine big ideas and become engaged citizens.
Manitoba
Certificate of Excellence
Winnipeg Winnipeg Children of the Earth High School Leigh Brown English LA, Psychology, Seminar in Business for Grade 12 Drawing on traditional ways of aboriginal teaching and concepts related to social responsibility, teacher establishes the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program (AYEP), in both her own school and at the national level.
Manitoba
Certificate of Excellence
Woodlands Winnipeg Woodlands Elementary Maria Nickel Technology, Science, Math, Art for K to 8 Science projects reach new heights: space-loving teacher turns students into Canadian pioneers in space exploration as they make headlines working with scientists to design and propose experiments to fly on the International Space Station.
Manitoba
Certificate of Achievement
Winnipeg Winnipeg Sisler High School Kenneth Gordon Mathematics (Pre Calculus, Calculus) for Grades 10 to 12 High school math students make local newspaper headlines. Teacher's approach is innovative, interdisciplinary, reflective, structured and always engaging.
Manitoba
Certificate of Achievement
Swan River Swan River Swan Valley Regional Secondary School Byron Ross Retailling, Promotions, Relations In Business, Sem for Grades 9 to 12 Teacher offers hands-on opportunities and ensures that students have the tools to become intuitive and socially-responsible business leaders, who have the knowledge to succeed in a 21st century economy.
Manitoba
Certificate of Achievement
Winnipeg Winnipeg École Stanley Knowles School Lee Van Cauwenberghe Math, Science, Health for Grade 8 Never satisfied with just the status quo, teacher strives to bring more to his students: builds a classroom of high-achieving students who love to learn.
Manitoba
Certificate of Achievement
Winnipeg Winnipeg Churchill High School Tanis Westdal English, Science, EAL Science for Grades 7 and 8 Practice what you preach: teacher in Flexible Learning program inspires students to live ethical lives in inquiry-based learning classroom.
Manitoba
Certificate of Achievement
Winnipeg Winnipeg St. John's High School Marie Zorniak English LA, Math, Social Studies, Science for Grade 9 Winnipeg teacher runs program that encourages diversity and celebrates different cultures, traditions and languages.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Certificate of Excellence
Bay Roberts Bay Roberts Amalgamated Academy Gregory Smith All core subjects, apart from core French in Gr.5 for Grade 5 and 6 From the days of 16mm film projectors and audio cassettes, to Moodles and mobile netbook labs, veteran teacher often takes the road less travelled to bring new resources and technologies to his classroom and his school, and is often ready to pilot programs to implement their use.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Certificate of Achievement
Cow Head Parson Pond Long Range Academy Crystal Smith All subjects except Art, PhysEd, Music for Grade 4 Students learn to seize the day as teacher draws inspiration from current events and random circumstances.
Northwest Territories
Certificate of Excellence
Fort Resolution Fort Resolution Deninu School Angelina Fabien Chipewyan Language / Northwest Territories for K to 12 Teacher finds her calling as a Chipewyan language instructor, bringing enthusiasm and excitement to students in a way that has spawned its true revival beyond her classroom walls.
Northwest Territories
Certificate of Achievement
Dettah Yellowknife Kaw Tay Whee School Léa Lamoureux and Neil Penney English Language Arts for K to 7 and All subjects grades 2 to 4, Guided Reading 4 to 6 for Grades 2 to 6 Team of teachers in Northwest Territories school makes an indescribable difference in the lives of their students and their families; builds inclusive, bright environment where everyone feels at home and strives to do their best.
Nunavut
Certificate of Excellence
Rankin Inlet Rankin Inlet Simon Alaittuq School Kristen Sawyers Math, Science, English LA, Social Studies for Grade 6 After eight years in three different Kivalliq communities in Nunavut, energetic teacher draws on hands-on activities to relate to and inspires excellence in students of all ages.
Ontario
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto Toronto Notre Dame High School Gabriel Roman Ayyavoo Science, Biology, Chemistry for Grades 9 to 12 From the tiny cells in his classroom, to the coasts of Newfoundland, and the tall buildings of Malaysia and Singapore, science teacher's passion for learning knows no boundaries.
Ontario
Certificate of Excellence
Ancaster Dundas Ancaster Meadow Elementary School Aviva Dunsiger Literacy, Numeracy, Math, Science, Social Studies for Grade 6 "If they don't learn the way you teach, teach the way they learn." Teacher lives by her mantra, drawing on technology to draw out excitement from even the most timid of students.
Ontario
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa Ottawa First Avenue Public School Viviane Gaudreault French Immersion (Math, LA, PhysEd, Science) for Grade 2 More facilitator and less "sage on stage", French immersion teacher embraces an art-infused holistic approach that empowers students to be self-aware as they learn from one another.
Ontario
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto Toronto Danforth Collegiate Technical Institute Vernon Kee Technology, Design, Careers, Computers for Grades 9 to 12 Engineer turned teacher follows his passions, draws from his own experiences and gained wisdom to bring both engineering and careers classes to life.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Brampton Brampton Hickory Wood Public School Sukhdeep Kaur Chohan ESL - Language, Math, Science, Social Studies for K to 5 Sundaes to learn about probabilities and mini-pizzas to learn about fractions: teacher inspires creative environment where self-awareness, belonging and a sense of community quickly become second-nature.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Ottawa Ottawa Ecole secondaire publique De La Salle Robert Albert Filion Musique vocale, Musique théorique,Repertoire Chora for De la 9e à la 12e année Plus de 300 élèves-chanteurs de tous âges et de tous les calibres jouissent d'une grande notoriété à l'école, dans la communauté, au niveau provincial, national et même international grâce à la passion de cet enseignant.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Toronto Thornhill Bloorview School Renee Hiltz Language Arts, Mathematics, Science Social Studies for K to 12 With 33 years of teaching dedicated to special education, teacher has a unique ability to take one activity for some of her students and adapt it to meet the needs of all.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Southwold London Anishnaabe Skiiniw Alternative School Samantha Leonard All subjects taught for Grades 9 to 12 Strong-willed teacher leverages community partnerships and connections with media to raise awareness and funding for programs to aid disengaged students to successfully return to school.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Ottawa Ottawa Churchill Alternative Public School Shauna Pollock All subjects for Grades 4 and 5 With guest speakers, field trips and online activities that connect students to their parents, and even users from around the world, teacher turns classroom into a community that extends far beyond its walls.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Etobicoke Toronto Kingsway College School Rob Sawyer Math, LA, PhysEd, Social Computer Sciences for Homeform - Grade 5 Elementary school teacher dedicates his time to finding out what makes his students tick and how to draw them into his world of learning. And year after year, his dedication pays off.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Guelph Guelph Rickson Ridge Public School Heather Walker English, Drama and Visual Art for Grades 7 to 8 Rotary As they study poetry, literature and art, teacher connects students with people from around the world to see how other cultures live and survive.
Prince Edward Island
Certificate of Excellence
Hampshire Argyle Shore Bluefield High School Richard Baker Resource for Grades 10 to 12 With an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, teacher, librarian and coach will stop at nothing to find innovative ways of helping students strengthen skills and achieve their full potential… but is best known for making sure everyone enjoys the school day on a daily basis.
Québec
Certificate of Excellence
Lévis Québec École Saint-Joseph Gérald Charron Math, French, Ethics, Science, Ghec, arts for Grade 4 Affectionately called" Mr. Project", this proud and energetic teacher never ceases to impress his students, his colleagues and even members of his communities with the abundance of ideas bubbling in his head.
Québec
Certificate of Achievement
St-Adelphe Grand-Mère École Primadel Michel Marcotte French Math, Geography, History, Religious Ethics and Culture for elementary grades 3 through 6 Whether Tae Kwon Do, corresponding with students in Burkina-Faso or inventing their own grammar, this teacher wants to always keep his students active. They become historians and filmmakers recognized by their entire community.
Québec
Certificate of Achievement
St-Laurent St-Laurent Education Plus James Watts Math, Science, English for Grades 10 and 11 Optimism, energy and a dream of reaching out to the underdog, teacher creates a structure for his students that is based on a loving and caring relationship-building environment.