Burgundy Jazz: Exploring Black History Within a Local Context

February is Black History Burgundy JazzMonth, a time to learn, honour and celebrate the achievements of black Canadians. An interesting entry point for you and your students to explore black history is Burgundy Jazz: Life and Music in Little Burgundy. The Curio.ca site describes the Burgundy Jazz project as “a multi-platform web documentary about Montreal’s incredible contribution to jazz through the legendary Black musicians of Little Burgundy.”   It is a springboard into learning about black history in Montreal, particularly around the middle of the 20th century. The focus of Burgundy Jazz is not just about jazz but also about the life of porters and the kind of employment opportunities that were available, the role of the church in people’s lives, as well as other issues faced by Montreal’s black community. From there it is easy to make connections to other topics, relevant to Black History Month, such as the underground railway, slavery, civil rights.

The Burgundy Jazz project includes an excellent Educator’s Guide available for free in both English and French (see links below). The guide contains five teaching units, each emphasizing different curriculum areas (social science, language arts, the arts). While there is an app, an eBook and a CD of music connected to the project, none are essential to the units in the guide. You can pick and choose from the units and the videos to suit your classroom objectives. The use of technology is encouraged throughout, in a seamless and purposeful way both in exploring the issues and in a final production.  Students are encouraged to work collaboratively to demonstrate understanding through the planning and production of videos, podcasts, photo montages, digital stories, digital maps, even websites. These units can be an inspiration to you, to use similar techniques in a variety of other contexts.

Curio.ca, a fee-based service, is an initiative of CBC and Radio Canada. Some teacher guides can be downloaded for free but the videos and audios can only be streamed by educators with a subscription. Check the curio website to see if your board has a subscription. Fortunately, the Burgundy Jazz project is open to all.

What we find particularly compelling about Burgundy Jazz, is that it addresses local issues, uses primary source documents (interviews, song lyrics, photographs, maps) and invites teachers and students to take on the role of local historian by ultimately asking the questions: What makes my community unique? How has my community changed over the years? How does Little Burgundy, historically and currently, compare to the situation in my own community? How is it the same or different now?

The web doc, which is comprised of fourteen video capsules, is a central part of the project and includes photographs, narratives and interviews which capture the essence of the time. Attached to each video are photographs, audio extracts and an additional video capsule. These are rich resources to explore.

For those who want to investigate other aspects of black history, there is a historical timeline which gives you a sense of the major events of the times. If music is your focus, there is a list of musicians with short bios as well as numerous audio examples of music of the era. One of the units looks at how black music has evolved. Students can be inspired to create their own hip hop music or spoken word poetry.

To learn a little more about the project, watch the video below.

According to the Educator’s Guide the content in Burgundy Jazz is appropriate for students from grades 6 and up. The units do, however, include some mature topics such as prohibition, drug use, burlesque dancing and prostitution. Viewed in context and deconstructed with the guidance of an educator, the videos can help students come to understand why this was a part of the jazz scene.

How have you approached Black History Month in your classroom? What connections have you made to the curriculum? How have you made it locally relevant to your students? Please share with us in the comments section below. And let us know if you are using the Burgundy Jazz resources in your classroom.

English resources:

Burgundy Jazz Site

Burgundy Jazz Educator’s Guide

Celebrating Black History Month (for curio.ca subscribers, a fee-based service)

Ressources en français :

Site Jazz Petite-Bourgogne

Guide pédagogique Jazz Petite-Bourgogne

Teacher Appreciation – Teachers (and Their Students) Just Want to Have Fun!

Photo by Rob Costain

For those people who may think that learning and fun cannot co-exist, or who are still of the belief that teachers shouldn’t smile until December, you haven’t worked with the teachers we highlight below in our third, and final, post in the 2016 Teacher and School Staff Appreciation blog series.  (Read part one here, and part two here.)

I know that reading these shout-outs made me smile, and even laugh out loud… Happy Teacher Appreciation, Quebec educators!  Keep smiling; it’s motivating your students!


Julie Lowry, Ste-Foy Elementary School, CQSB

My son has had Miss Lowry as a teacher for 2 years now and he absolutely adores her.  My oldest son who is now in high school agrees that Miss Lowry is the best! Miss Lowry takes the time to know her students. She is calm, patient and understanding. She makes learning fun and she knows how to motivate her students. My son wishes that she could teach all grades!!

Tammy Noble, Ste. Agathe Academy, SWLSB

She is great since we always have fun in her class, whether it’s during class and we’re learning or during break or lunch and we’re talking about tons of cool stuff. She is also very supportive as a teacher. Whenever I need help, I can always go to her to talk. Especially in this stressful time of year, I have seen Ms. Noble making lists and having waiting lines of kids to help with almost anything. She is simply supportive and a great person.

Chef Chris Allen, Pearson School of Culinary Arts, LBPSB

He teaches with so much passion and dedication; he makes learning fun and leaves students wanting more. He encourages and gives his students confidence in their abilities.

Andrew Bardell, Rosemère High School, SWLSB

He lets us work while listening to music which helps some people, including me. He also makes work easier.

Jennifer Seely, Pontiac High School, WQSB

She makes the STA306 course so much fun to take part in. She captivates the class, and makes it such a positive environment to be in. She makes learning all of the cell parts, the digestive system, etc. so enjoyable!

Alexander de Sua, Rosemère High School, SWLSB

He makes us laugh and he makes jokes. Makes us watch a movie.

Evan McCurdy, Beaconsfield High School, LBPSB

Always participates with students and has a great sense of humour.

Laura MacTavish, Arundel Elementary School, SWLSB

  • The driving force behind healthy kids at Arundel,
  • Always thinking of ways to improve children’s physical health and fitness
  • Making learning fun and meaningful – one of the reasons small schools are so important.


Tara Grant, Ste. Agathe Academy, SWLSB

Mrs. Grant is the best because she makes our classes fun and interesting and is always there to help whenever we need it.

Karine Turcotte, Ste-Foy Elementary, CQSB

She does these weird impressions of stuff pretty much all day. In drama, she does weird squirrel face. When we are not sitting down, she does weird chicken / butt dance. She makes me laugh.

Jason Lyons, Souvenir Elementary, SWLSB

Mr. Jason is a really awesome Phys. Ed. teacher and a really nice person. He really cares about his students and goes out of his way to help them. His gym classes are fun and original; his students get a chance to do fun exercises and activities that are different from team sports. He motivates his students to do the best that they can. He teaches them motivation and confidence as well. He really cares about his students and is always ready to help them become a better version of themselves! He is also a funny guy and teaches the kids to have fun, and that gym can be challenging in a really fun way! School isn’t just about academics, Phys. Ed. is a very important part of our kids’ lives and Mr. Jason is the perfect guy to teach fitness and health to our kids! I hope my 3 boys will be as motivated as he is!

Céline Maisonneuve, Dr. S. E. McDowell Elementary School, WQSB

Mme. Céline is a natural kindergarten teacher who creates a fun learning environment through music, art, and play. She is very attentive to each child and his or her feelings, likes and dislikes. She spends countless hours in her classroom and is always putting her students first. I am so fortunate that my daughter got to experience her as a teacher as I did myself when I was a student in McDowell

Marie-Gabrielle Cannon, Ste-Foy Elementary, CQSB

She is funny. We usually play fun games with her. She also makes me feel like I am funny too. I like that.

Lisa Wood, Arundel Elementary School, SWLSB

  • Always looking at programs to improve students’ learning.
  • Takes the time to get to know every child she works with, and finds ways to make learning fun for each child by using their interests in her teaching.
  • Has no problem giving up a lunch hour to help a child.
  • Works on extracurricular activities with the students; running club; arts and crafts.
  • Will fill in anywhere needed!


Erin Oliver, Twin Oaks Elementary, SWLSB

T-technologically savvy–Ms. Oliver uses and exposes her students to a variety of technology in authentic ways, not only keeping my grade 4 son motivated, but allowing him to learn and express in ways that are simply intuitive to a 21st Century learner.

E-enthusiastic–Ms. Oliver is consistently happy and radiates wanting to teach and wanting the students to learn–my son senses her excitement and jumps on board with her.

A-attentive—Ms. Oliver attends to each individual while somehow keeping track of the entire group. The class updates, photos and occasional personal notes in Dojo keep me informed as a mom and allow us to ‘double-check’ on assignments when needed. So appreciated, gone are the ‘he said’ ‘she said’ moments!

C-caring–Ms. Oliver radiates her care and concern for the students. Her kind words and calm approach create a caring learning environment for my son and all the students, I’m sure.

H-“Hilarious”—Ms. Oliver’s sense of humour comes home to me often through my son’s eyes, the levity in the classroom certainly makes for a motivated grade four boy to go to school in the morning.

E-Elevated—Ms. Oliver is by far an excellent teacher and her deep knowledge of pedagogy is evident in the consistent, clear assignments and homework expected of the students–no superfluous fillers–much appreciated!

R-Right—Ms. Oliver is the right kind of teacher for every learner, including my son. When the right fit happens with the teacher your children get in school, as a parent, your child has a great year at school and as a result, a happier home on school mornings and evenings. Ms. Oliver, you are the right fit for us!

For these reasons and many more, we would like to nominate Ms. Oliver as an Awesome Teacher!

If you missed out on nominations, but want to highlight an entertaining educator who makes learning fun, please add a comment below.

Teacher Appreciation – I <3 My Teacher!

Maybe it is because Valentine’s Day is coming, but many Teacher Appreciation comments included the words “heart” or “love” in descriptions of why a nominated Quebec Educator is AWESOME!

It’s clear that the teachers highlighted in this second of three Teacher and School Staff Appreciation posts in our 2016 series (read part one here) are passionate about their job and love their students, too!

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Lucy Hurley, CDC Pont Viau, SWLSB

She, without a doubt, is an amazing teacher. She has great patience, and a smile to warm your heart. I have learned so much from her. Her teaching methods are outstanding, up to date, and professional. I am lucky to have had the chance to have been taught by such an extraordinary woman.

Lucy is a great role model and someone to look up to. Lucy truly is a very talented teacher who has worked hard to be where she is today. Lucy is someone I could confide in and ask any questions I may have. She would always answer to the best of her knowledge and if by chance Lucy didn’t know, she would get back to us after researching the answers. She goes out of her way for her students. She makes sure we are prepared for anything and everything. Lucy can always share a laugh with us and, as we know, laughter is the best medicine.

Debbie Ellison, Dr. S. E. McDowell Elementary School, WQSB

She is patient, kind, understanding and has a heart of gold for not only her class students but everyone!

Helen Stavaris, Dawson College

She is such a hard working teacher, who makes her classes so fun and easy to understand. Every single day, she arrives to class with a smile and is ready to make others smile. She wants nothing but the best for her students, and tries her hardest to help them succeed.
She has the biggest heart, and is such an all-around genuine person.

Amanda Craighead, Souvenir Elementary, SWLSB

She revived my son’s love for learning, his trust in an educator and showed compassion, understanding, and acceptance. She treated children with kindness and invigorated her classroom and curriculum with laughter and music and welcomed self-expression and supported comfort fit for individual needs. She is my son’s hero, in his own words. She set a standard and has earned a special place in our hearts and memories at a most impressionable time.

Anne Rainville, Beechwood School, LBPSB

She is passionate about teaching. She gives of herself. She is patient and kind and gives her heart to her students. As a parent this means a lot to me. Please nominate her!!!!!!

Leslie Sklavounos, John F. Kennedy Elementary, SWLSB

She is motivating, fun, silly, and makes these kids feel comfortable with themselves. My shy daughter has come out of her shell and loves going to school every day. Miss Leslie also teaches the students about rules and respect and gives them enough homework to learn but still have fun doing so! She goes above and beyond her role as a teacher. She is a mom, a psychologist, a teacher, and a friend. She truly teaches from the heart.

Lise Albert, St. Charles School, LBPSB

Mme. Lise is an amazing teacher at St-Charles school. My daughter loves her and I am so happy that she is her teacher. She has a talent and makes it fun to learn.

Mélanie Prégent, St. Willibrord, NFSB

She takes the time in her busy schedule to email parents back promptly, answering any of their concerns which I appreciate so much. My daughter says she is a fair teacher and loves that she gets involves with the rest of the school by extracurricular activities such as Choir.

Sylvie Laucella, Terry Fox Elementary, LBPSB

She runs an amazing kindergarten class with such ease, love and care. It is amazing to see her teach the kids, be firm, but caring at the same time. I have no idea how she does it. It is like watching something magical.

The kids adore her and she is so organized and efficient that the kids are not just learning but excelling. Truly an exceptional teacher who deserves to be recognized!

Kelly Norman, Springdale Elementary, LBPSB

Kelly is a Phys. Ed. teacher and she goes above and beyond with the children with the parents and to help anyone. She has the biggest heart and a smile on her face no matter what is going on. She’s phenomenal and she deserves to be recognized. Kelly personally helped me out this year teaching me mediation methods in helping with my son who has some special needs she wanted to help me and show me how I can help him to be calm. Just one of those things that she does that she didn’t need to but it’s who she is!

Delcia Thibault, McCaig Elementary School, SWLSB

When I was in second grade, Miss Thibault made all the difference in the world to me. She gave me more than a teacher gives. She gave me her heart! Yes, she really cared and I will never forget her.

Antonella Mastrangelo, Good Shepherd School, RSB

She is caring, attentive, and we love how she encourages her first-graders to practice reading with daily stickers and rewards.

Scott Lambton, Riverview Elementary, LBPSB

He’s the Phys. Ed. teacher. The kids love his class. They can’t wait for gym. It’s a lot of fun. He jokes with the kids.

Gloria Cuccarolo, Ste. Agathe Academy, SWLSB

She is a teacher that truly cares about her students; she wants them to not just learn, but to understand and use what they are being taught. She wants all of us to be successful and to appreciate everything in life. She has confidence and determination and she keeps things real. She is truly amazing because she is one of the most caring and considerate teachers I know, and she is devoted in everything she does for her students. We love her.

Ginette Purdy, Royal West Academy, EMSB

Never have I met an educator that devotes as much of her love, life, and energy into the hundreds of students she has an impact on. I graduated four years ago and I still think about her at least 3 times a week, through the life lessons she taught me and the memories I had while learning from her. I will never in my life be able to thank her for the continuing presence in my life.

Darren McCready, Dr. S. E. McDowell Elementary School, WQSB

Mr. McCready is a kind, thoughtful, and patient teacher who the kids all love. He has his students’ best interests at heart at all times and always finds a way to get through to them. It is great to have a male role model in the elementary school setting and I’m grateful that he is my daughter’s teacher.

Linda Cotter, St. Lawrence School, RSB

Mrs. Cotter has been a part of my family’s life since she taught my son Joshua in grade 1. He’s now in Grade 6. Mrs. Cotter is still in his life, whether to congratulate him on when he has an awesome grade, send a little pick me up note when he’s sick, or to make a point of saying hello to him when she sees him around the school. She is the reason that he LOVES to read. We adore Mrs. Cotter and she will always be THAT teacher who made a difference in Joshua’s elementary education.

Fannie-Eve Prévost, Ste. Adèle Elementary School, SWLSB

A very special person who’s dedication to helping children learn a second language takes her to every grade in her school, (k-6). Small schools give teachers the opportunity to reach all students and get to know them well. She is loved and respected by all she meets.

Natalie Henri, REACH School, RSB

REACH school is so blessed to have Natalie as our Physical Education teacher! She exudes energy, passion, and a love for physical fitness which she not only passes off to our students every single day but to our amazing staff who work here as well! You can find her in her office working on a new gym project for the students, planning for Défi Sportif, or preparing a work out plan for our “staff” kick butt Thursdays. This woman never stops working, creating, and planning for us! We so appreciate everything she does and want her to know she ROCKS!

Alex Leiva, Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School, LBPSB

  • Always goes the extra mile.
  • Gets to know the children individually.
  • Gives all his attention to them.
  • Listens to parents concerns and works with them to best help our children.
  • Made a huge difference in my son’s life.
  • Never gives up on the kids and always encourages them.
  • You can tell how much he loves teaching and the students in his classes.
  • Always attentive and there when they need him most.
  • Teaches according to how the students learn best.

Editor’s Note: This post has been hijacked by LEARNers who want to show one of their own a wee bit of LOVE too. Dianne had no knowledge of this addition to the post 🙂

Dianne Conrod, Principal, LEARN

I feel blessed to call Dianne a colleague and friend, and have come to rely on her experience and guidance in my own work as a pedagogical consultant. Dianne is a fierce advocate for her teachers, a compassionate and well-informed sounding board for parents, and a caring mentor to all of her students. She infuses whatever she works on with a sense of joy and models gratitude daily. Her dance moves aren’t too shabby either. She is… simply the best!  -Kristine Thibeault

Thank you so much Dianne for all you do for our students, for the online teachers and particularly for me. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t say “Thank goodness we have Dianne ” You are always there for us. You are a great listener. And best of all, you always find the perfect solution. I am the #luckiestteacherintheworld. Thank you! I appreciate you and your hard work!  – Peggy Drolet

Dear Dianne,
One thing that I have quickly noticed from the first time we met is how devoted you are for your team <3 How can I not be appreciative of all this TLC?!? Not only did you bring me to feel comfortable while entering the virtual teaching world, you keep making sure I progress in my learning like the best teachers do! Thank you for being there and letting me be part of the A-team!    – Natalie Dahlstedt

As principal for LEARN’s online school, Dianne Conrod collaborates and coordinates with school administrators, students, and teachers in more than 20 locations around the province. No easy feat, but Dianne manages to do this on a regular basis and to do it exceptionally well. She is the most organized, composed, encouraging, and innovative educator that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Thanks, Dianne!  – Kerry Cule

I know exactly what Dianne’s thinking as she’s reading this – “But this week is for teachers, and I’m not a teacher anymore!” Wrong. Dianne, you teach us every day how to lead. You show us, by your example, every day, how to stay positive, keep improving, and keep “caring” at the very top of our to-do lists. Your lessons don’t take place in a classroom, but they’re powerful and abiding nevertheless. Thank you for being OUR teacher.   – Audrey McLaren

If you missed the opportunity to speak from the heart and show a Quebec educator some love, add a comment below.



Teacher Appreciation – Making the Difference

It’s Teacher Appreciation Time! Depending on your school or school board, Quebec celebrates Teacher and School Staff Appreciation 2016 either the week of February 1 or February 8. After reading all of the amazing shout-outs collected over the past few weeks, it would seem that we should be celebrating Quebec educators every week. male_teacher_with_elem_kids

Enjoy this first of three blog posts (blog #2 here; blog #3 here) with messages of appreciation written by students, parents, colleagues, and commissioners. I thought that this first post should be kicked off with a student’s recognition that all of her teachers are there to help!

ALL My Teachers, Ste. Agathe Academy, SWLSB

My teachers are so awesome because they all want to ensure the success of the students. They always try their best to make sure you have all you need to pass. They always want the best for their students. Most students take it for granted and don’t appreciate what the teachers do for them. So I’m doing it for them.

Danielle Chaput, St. Patrick’s High School, CQSB

Danielle is constantly on the lookout for new ideas and ways to engage her students in Math. When she finds new websites, tech ideas or thinks of a new creative way to get kids to be more engaged in math, she shares these things with her colleagues. She makes math relevant for her students and helps them see “when they will use it” in their real life. She is enthused and works very hard to have all her students see success!

Lina Monaco, Terry Fox Elementary, SWLSB

Miss Lina is an awesome kindergarten teacher. Always there for the kids she is caring and reassuring, especially for parents who are facing a new step in their children’s lives. My 3 children were all blessed to start their school journey with Miss Lina as their teacher and mentor. She has also become a great friend over the years and deserves to be recognized.

David Armour, John Grant High School, EMSB

He has gone above and beyond to support the students and the school community, this year acting as head teacher as the school awaits a replacement vice-principal with the right training for the school’s student body. He exemplifies what we seek in any teacher- compassion, skill, and commitment.

Steve Scallion, Rosemère High School, SWLSB

He makes everything he talks about interesting and listens to students’ advice on his subject. He often talks about current events and helps us understand not just what happened in history but how it affects us today. He is honestly the best teacher I have ever had.

Ellen Alexandra Furlong, St. Patrick’s High School, CQSB

Alexandra is a very dynamic and energetic teacher. She pushes her students to have a desire to learn. As an English teacher, she brings fictional characters to life and gives them voices so her students are able to actually experience the written words of others. This is not always easy to do, but she is constantly challenging herself to find ways to engage her students and create bonds with them.

Maria Enea, Rosemère High School, SWLSB

She really cares about our education and our success inside and outside of school.

Chrissy Mohammed, Good Shepherd School, RSB

Ms. Mohammed is a teacher in the NEST program and she is helping my ADHD child learn to function in a classroom setting. She recognizes his strong points and uses them to boost his self -esteem.

Roxanne Boulos, Sunshine Academy, LBPSB

This teacher does go the extra mile for her students and other staff members. She’s always there for an extra helping hand without question.

Ben Nino Bartucci, Saint-Lambert International High School, RSB

He is wonderful with the students. He offers significant and compelling lessons to students that have had the reputation of not being easy to teach. He is great at creating ties and wonderful at attaching them back to school. More so, he does this with grade 9 students who are at a crossroad in life. Adding to this, he is an inspiration to fellow teachers, and a role-model to look up to as a less experienced educator. In 15 years, I want to be like Ben!

Louise Boutin, Riverview Elementary School, LBPSB

She is firm with a soft touch. She evaluates each child and involves them accordingly. She involves the older students to help younger ones: they learn to give back.


She has a very sweet nature. She’s a kind and gentle soul and when she spoke of my son it was clear she deeply cared for him (as she does for all her students). What else can a parent ask for?

Laurie King, Lake of Two Mountains High School, SWLSB

She is what every teacher should be. She does more for any student. She stays after school to tutor. She started and runs the breakfast program. She believes that all students deserve a chance. She did a fundraiser for two students so they could go to grad. She is a true angel.

Vanessa Jothy, Selwyn House, QAIS

Art can often be put on the back-burner at an all-boys school which emphasizes the athletics department, but this never discourages Ms. Jothy! Ms. Jothy knows that some of the students (and their parents) are interested in having more art than is normally offered in the school schedule. She offers students the chance to create during their breaks/after-school, use any of the materials for their own independent projects, and she creates amazing school-wide collaborative initiatives – including her plans to complete a Mosaic Selfie Wall Mural where she will showcase how she taught students, teachers, and parents how to create traditional mosaic self-portraits. She is often the last person to leave to make sure her students and her colleagues are well looked after.

Laura Cardillo, McCaig Elementary School, SWLSB

Miss Cardillo is a dedicated teacher who sees the potential in all her students. She has the best ideas and challenges her students to be the best they can be!

Alexandra Bardaklis, McCaig Elementary School, SWLSB

Miss Bardaklis is an amazing teacher. She works with the children and focuses her attention on their specific needs in order for them to succeed at their full potential.

Lucie Brisebois, Mount Bruno School, RSB

She takes the time to call all her students before the first day of class. She scheduled a 30 minute meeting with each interested parent and takes the time to call parents to update them of the progress of their child. She goes above and beyond even outside of work hours.

Natalie Losier, Ste. Adèle Elementary School, SWLSB

A dedicated and talented teacher, she has developed a number of projects within her school. (Green team focused on protecting the environment; Kindergarten “vernissage” where children present their work both art and sculpture on various themes). Natalie has also expanded the art project to Morin Heights Elementary kindergarten students.

Tracy Dow, St. Willibrord, NFSB

She explains herself very well and tries to help out her students whenever she can.

Stephen Matthews, CDC Lachute, SWLSB

An extraordinary teacher who constantly supports his students, encourages them to keep going and succeed. He is always willing to use his spare time to coach his students and those at his local high school, LRHS. He makes the difference for many who find learning hard.

Marie France Cousineau, St. Paul Elementary, LBPSB

Marie France is an amazing teacher. She is very passionate about her job and always gets the best out of every child. Marie France makes each child feel special. She is gentle, kind, and patient. She is always available to help and listen. Keep up the great work!! You will always be remembered.

Christofili Tzavellas, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School, SWLSB

She has patience. I used to hate math a lot but there was something almost like magic when she explains math or really anything – it so simple and clear. I wish she was my teacher in high school.

Manon Hamel, École les Pré-Verts, CS de la Capitale

Grade 6 Intensive ESL teacher – most innovative teacher I’ve met! Always searching for great apps and projects for her students, she tries new approaches in her classroom, shares her knowledge with other teachers, and, at the end of the day, still has a ton of energy to give away. I am very grateful to have worked with Manon. Her students and colleagues are extremely lucky to have her.

Pasquale Vari, Heritage Regional High School, RSB

He always puts his students first. He cares about them. He always tries his best to help his students out, whether it be with school or personal problems. He always encourages students to get involved.

Andrea Venditti, Rosemère High School, SWLSB

Always willing to help students who want to succeed!

Jennie Lee Craig, St. Patrick’s High School, CQSB

Jennie Lee works with children who do not follow the regular curriculum. The difficulties these children face can be discouraging at times. She is always looking for new ways to present material and to help these students want to desire to continue learning. Hats off to you, Jennie, for hard work and persistence, knowing your students can do more and achieve more!

Vicki Fraser, McCaig Elementary School, SWLSB

She goes beyond her call of duty! Such a great support to the students, we are so lucky to have her!!

Anne Provencher, Courtland Park International, RSB

Anne is clearly an extremely devoted teacher to all the kids in her class. She is always so eager to help them and teach them and have them learn. She is a very dynamic person with both the students and the parents. She succeeds in stimulating the kids to push them just correctly to challenge themselves when needed. She has been the best teacher our kids have had so far and we hope to have other teachers like her the next few years. I have not heard one parent from her class complaining about her. We are all just so happy to have such an angel in our children’s daily life. She clearly has the best interest of the child as a top priority in her agenda.

Valérie Amyot, Rosemère High School, SWLSB

She believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself.



Ian Alexander, Beurling Academy, LBPSB

Andrew Walker, Rosemère High School, SWLSB

Mrs. Vani, Rosemère High School, SWLSB

Please add a comment at the end of any of the three posts this week to add your words of appreciation for other deserving teachers.  If you don’t add a comment, don’t forget to thank an educator who had an impact on you.