Three TDSB teachers are among the 2010-2011 recipients of the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence. Simon Ives, a kindergarten teacher at Hillcrest Community School, Sam Scott, who taught grades 11 and 12 Computer Science and Math last year at Ursula Franklin Academy, and Lynn Wilkins, a grade 7 Language Arts, Math, Arts, History, Geography and Drama teacher and grades 1-3 Physical Education teacher at Courcelette Public School, were each awarded a Certificate of Achievement. They were among only 84 educators recognized across the country, 13 of whom were from Ontario.
Award recipients were recognized as exceptionally innovative leaders who help students excel and young children get the best possible start in life.
“Simon, Sam and Lynn exemplify the very best qualities of the profession,” said TDSB Director of Education Chris Spence. “They have demonstrated that they are innovative, effective, and committed educators. I am proud they are part of the Toronto District School Board and that their passion has culminated in receiving this award.”
The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, announced the recipients on October 5 on behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Minister Van Loan said in a news release that “great teachers inspire great minds to be their best....We celebrate outstanding educators who are igniting the curiosity of their students and making Canada a better place, one child at a time.”
All winners receive a certificate, a pin and a letter from the Prime Minister. Certificates of Achievement winners also receive $1,000, presented directly to recipients.