Exceptional Educators Helping Ontario Students Achieve
Premier Congratulates Teaching Award Winners On Helping To Make Public Education The Best Education
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty thanked the first-ever recipients of the Premier's Awards for Teaching Excellence for helping achieve results in Ontario's public education system.
"Ontario is home to thousands of great teachers," Premier McGuinty said. "Working with these award winners and their colleagues in our public schools across the province, test scores are going up, class sizes are down, and more students are graduating."
Fifteen recipients from across the province received awards in 10 different categories, including contribution to school leadership, excellence in special needs and outstanding new teacher. The awards honour teachers, principals, vice-principals and education support staff who are helping to make public education the best education.
"Principals, teachers and support staff deserve our support and respect for the important work they're doing to help our students reach their full potential," said Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education.
More than 1,000 educators from across Ontario were nominated for the awards, a measure of how Ontario's educators are respected by parents, students and their peers. Seamus O'Regan, co-host of CTV's Canada AM, chaired a selection panel that included a teacher, principal, student and parent.
Recognizing Ontario's best educators is just one way the McGuinty government is helping to strengthen public education. Other initiatives include:
- Providing funds to hire 4,800 elementary teachers to help reduce class sizes in the early grades
- Turnaround teams for struggling schools to boost achievement and improve test scores, and
- Student-success teachers in every high school to make sure struggling students get the help they need.
"We have achieved amazing results in our public education system, together -- smaller class sizes, higher test scores and peace and stability in our schools," said McGuinty. "I'm grateful not only to those who were honoured here today, but to everyone involved in helping our students succeed."