June 10, 2004
While Ontario students await their final report cards, a group of teachers will be given honour roll marks tonight. Top classroom educators will be honoured as the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) and the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) announce the 2004 OTIP Teaching Awards. Four awards are given each year to outstanding teachers in the categories of elementary, secondary, francophone and beginning teacher.
“The teachers we honour tonight have helped their students walk a little taller and feel a little more confident that they are ready for the world,” said François Tisi, President and Chief Executive Officer of OTIP.
“They are the teachers who light sparks in students, inspire their colleagues and encourage parents.”
“Each recipient has gone beyond the call of the profession,” said OTF president Yvan Roy. “Yet there was no shortage of superb teachers from whom to choose. We received more than 135 nominations, each impressive and inspiring. Our judges deliberated long and hard to select just four that pushed the work beyond an A+.”
The teachers were nominated by students, parents and colleagues, each with a unique story of how the nominee works to motivate, challenge and inspire, gives selflessly of time and dedication and puts students' needs first.
The awards recognize teachers who use innovative teaching methods, enthuse and engage students, reflect the multi-ethnic heritage of Ontario and encourage the creative use of technology in the classroom, among other criteria.