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September 2015
September 2015
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Applause! is the monthly recognition of significant achievements and contributions by staff, students and community partners at a York Region District School Board Public Board Meeting.
 
Recognition of achievements is based on alignment with the organizational goals outlined by the Trustees’ Multi-Year Plan in combination with the criteria set out in Staff Awards and Student Awards policies.
 

2015 Teachers of the Year

2015 Teacher of the YearThe Teacher of the Year Award honours teachers who exemplify the Board’s Mission, Vision and Values as well as other practices that support success in the classroom and schools. The Teacher of the Year Award stands as a symbol of the high regard in which York Region teachers are held and serves as a beacon of excellence for others to follow.

Fern Mondrow-Pinsk, Anne Frank Public School
Fern has been a teacher with the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) for over 24 years. She is currently teaching grade one and Reading Recovery at Anne Frank Public School. Fern’s passion and enthusiasm for student achievement and well-being is contagious. She is a strong advocate for all students and works collaboratively with other colleagues to meet student needs in support of their success. Fern mentors other teachers, works with families to help develop literacy supports at home, and helps bridge the home-school connection.  Fern is highly valued among her peers both in her role as curriculum leader and Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) steward. She is extremely dependable, a committed life-long learner, has great interpersonal skills, a fantastic sense of humour, and is extremely innovative in her thinking and professional practice. 

Andrew McConnell, Thornlea Secondary School
Andrew is a leader at Thornlea Secondary School in so many ways. To help with declining enrolment he started a new program called Academy of Creativity and Media. Combining technology and art, students learn animation, blue screen, green screen, character design elements and the principles of art and drawing. This program uses both art and technology to teach students how to use media as a powerful tool. Andrew is an outstanding classroom teacher; staff at the school report that he is one of the finest teachers that they have had the pleasure of working with.  There is a line-up to get into any course that he teaches. The school has a thriving native studies course and Andrew is the teacher.  As a person with Ojibwa ancestry he brings something to the course that a non-native teacher cannot. As far as student life goes, Andrew is everywhere.  He coaches the girls’ field hockey and soccer teams and the school’s wrestling team. He is also a member of the school’s equity team. He is innovative with the use of technology and helps his fellow teachers incorporate these skills into their professional practice.

Canada’s Outstanding Principals 2015

http://www.yrdsb.ca/AboutUs/Applause/PublishingImages/September-2015/Principals-2015.jpgYork Region District School Board Principals Lara Chebaro from James Robinson Public School and Kim Maybury, formerly of Walter Scott Public School, now Principal of MacLeod’s Landing Public School, were among 40 recipients of Canada’s Outstanding Principals awards for 2015. Presented by the Learning Partnership, nominees must demonstrate innovative leadership, an entrepreneurial spirit and have done something truly remarkable.
 
Lara Chebaro is an accomplished educator and administrator. She has served on various district-level professional committees to improve student achievement and is passionate about equity, special education and literacy. She integrates this passion at James Robinson Public School – a place with a diverse student demographic, including language, culture, and religion. To meet different student needs, her school hosts transition and support classes for students with autism, learning disabilities and multi-exceptionalities. Her school champions environmental stewardship and uses technology to engage learners. She also runs the Reverse Integrated Multi-Exceptionalities Site (RIMES) pilot program that extends the school year into July and allows for academic upgrading, additional inclusion opportunities for students with developmental delays and complex needs. Scores on provincial assessments have improved for students involved in RIMES, with the project moving from pilot status to expanded services and permanent funding. Lara is a true model of caring and innovative leadership.
 
Kim Maybury uses her expertise as an administrator and instructional coach to improve learning. Kim was an early adopter of “Growth Mindset” and supports co-learning in various staff learning communities especially in mathematics and literacy. Under Kim’s leadership, her team develops rich writing tasks for kindergarten through grade eight levels, mirroring the provincial assessments. They gather and analyze a variety of data sets to make sure they raise the bar and close learning gaps for all students. Her staff also incorporates learning goals and success criteria. They design mini-lessons, and co-create descriptive feedback to use with students. Such efforts have resulted in a steady increase in scores, across all three components of the provincial assessments. The school now uses QR codes to share information with parents and Kim has created thinking routines as part of the school’s adoption of visible learning. Kim is an exemplary leader for her school community.

North Star

The North Star committee meets in September and awards will be given out beginning in October.

 
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