Outstanding Educators Honoured
McGuinty Government Celebrates Excellence in Education
During Education Week, 23 educators and support staff were recognized with a provincial education award. Education Minister Kathleen Wynne presented the Premier's Awards for Teaching Excellence at a special ceremony held Wednesday.
The awards celebrate the outstanding individuals who work in Ontario's schools and school boards. The number and quality of this year's nominations demonstrated the high calibre of the province's educators and staff.
This year's recipients include a teacher who helps her school celebrate diverse cultures through an international club and a team of education assistants who support some of the school's most exceptional students.
The 14 individuals and a nine-member team were recognized in six different categories:
- Teacher of the Year
- New Teacher of the Year
- Excellent Support Staff
- Excellence in Leadership
- Lifetime Achievement
- Team of the Year
- There are more than 125,000 teachers, 7,000 principals and vice-principals and thousands of support staff in Ontario schools.
- Anyone could nominate a staff member in a publicly funded school or school board in Ontario.
- An independent selection panel reviewed the nominations to select award recipients. The panel was chaired by Akela Peoples, President and CEO of Youth in Motion, and included a parent, principal, student, support staff member and a teacher.
“Each of these outstanding individuals demonstrates the incredible impact one person can have on students, schools and communities. Their achievements are inspiring.”
“This was an exceptional group of nominees. The recipients regularly exceed expectations and make a real difference in students' lives.”