Courcelette Public School teacher Lynn Wilkins is one of ten teachers across Canada to be recognized with the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for 2019.
Since 1993, the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence have honoured exceptional educators in Canadian elementary and secondary schools. The TDSB has been fortunate to have a number of past winners over the years, including this year’s winner - Lynn Wilkins from Courcelette PS.
Lynn's teaching is founded on her respect for all students' strengths, needs and interests, and reflects her belief that all students can succeed. She introduces design thinking to prompt creativity and risk taking, making the inevitable but essential failures fun (class activity videos often have a blooper reel). A leader within her school, Lynn works with administrators, teachers and students to foster a strong learning community, address diverse students’ needs and create a positive school atmosphere where she helps to spearhead a school focus on universal design for learning. Lynn also plays a provincial role in curriculum consultations, resource writing and teaching, and looks to the next generation of educators, through work with education faculties.
The TDSB also had four recipients recognized with Certificates of Achievement.
Kim Lussier, Norman Ingram Public School
Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Health, Grade 3
Craig Morrison, Oasis Skateboard Factory
All, with focus on art and design, and business entrepreneurship, Grades 9–12
Terrance Alonza Saunders, Lawrence Heights Middle School
Language Arts, Social Studies, Drama and Dance, and Associate Host Teacher, grades 6–8
Regional Certificate of Achievement in STEM
Victor Samou Wong, Georges Vanier Secondary School
Visual Art and Science, Grades 9–12