May 11, 2005
Continuing the celebration of Education Week, Ontario’s top classroom educators will be honoured as the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) and the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) announce the 2005 OTIP Teaching Awards. Four awards are given each year to outstanding teachers in the categories of elementary, secondary, francophone and beginning teacher.
“I work with teachers every day,” said Richard Roy, Regional Manager for OTIP. “It gives me a particular pleasure to be able to celebrate these special individuals for their outstanding teaching practices. OTIP is proud to be the sponsor of this awards program.”
“Every teacher deserves to be recognized for their dedication to publicly funded education in Ontario,” said OTF President, Jim McQueen. “But this evening, we have singled out four outstanding teachers as representatives of the best of the profession.”
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.