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Teacher Appreciation – There’s More to Teaching Than What Happens in the Classroom!

When we picture educators, perhaps we most often usually imagine them in a classroom full of students, in front of a whiteboard, or working at a desk. Many of the teachers highlighted this week, are also appreciated for what they do outside of the classroom walls. Whether the teacher coaches sports, organizes clubs, or engages students in community activities, builds confidence along with academic skills or is an expert in home-school communication and connection, all of those highlighted below have stood out as AWESOME to the families who took time to send messages of appreciation this week. There is more to learning than what happens in the classroom!

Highlighted teachers:”Keep doing what you are doing!”  Thank you!

Lindsay Woodman, Pontiac High School, WQSB

Ms. Woodman not only teaches French but encourages kindness and compassion for others in a fun way. Her students were expected to write letters to people that were affected by the Tornado last fall. Along with all their heartfelt letters, her classes made different types of cookies to donate as well. A simple gesture to show others that THEY CARE. At Christmas time, she repeated this but it was given to the elders at a Senior Home in our Community. Small acts of kindness can mean the world to a person on the receiving end.

As well as encouraging our children to be kind, she offers help to her students who need review or are struggling in class. I feel Ms. Woodman goes above and beyond her teacher duties. In my opinion, this makes her one of the best!

Photo provided by nominator


Anik Verner-Bernard, Gault Institute, NFSB

Anik on paper is a Grade 6 teacher; however, at Gault Institute she is much more than that. She is an innovative thinker, a dreamer, an active community citizen, a go-getter, an adventurer- a person that makes things happen.


Anik piloted cooking club at Gault, and is involved in homework club, drama club and student council. She wants what is best for the school and is not afraid to apply, apply and apply again for grants in order to make something happen. She believes students can learn from alternative and outside of classroom experiences. It takes a community to raise a child and Anik is a major part of our school community. The students and staff are lucky to be around her energy each day.


Will McGowan, LEARN Tutoring

Nima loves Mr. McGowan because he is able to relate to him. Mr. McGowan is also very flexible to what is important to Nima from week to week.

Finally, as a dad when I have a suggestion Mr. McGowan builds it in to his lesson plan, and I and the teachers can see the results in Nima’s ability and confidence.

Keep It Up and Happy Teachers’ Day!

Sean Cassin, Heritage Regional High School, RSB

You know a teacher is awesome when your child comes home and states, “I really like Mr. Cassin!” When asked why Mr. Cassin was so awesome, my son expressed, “Well…he knows what I do. Like, he knows my sports schedule”.

My son is fortunate to have Mr. Cassin as his basketball program coach, his school team basketball coach and for other classroom subjects. It’s teachers like Mr. Cassin that keep students engaged in school and support them to be the best they can be. Thank you, Mr. Cassin!

Beth Watson, Pinewood Elementary, SWLSB

“Describe why this teacher is SO awesome:”

EVERYTHING! She’s awesome in every way possible! My son has grown so much confidence in his class. All the children love her! She is strict but fair. It shows she loves her career!

Aurore Chanteigner, Edward Murphy School, EMSB

This teacher is so awesome because she takes time with students that need an extra push. She’s helped my daughter Nadia a lot.

Fallon Vechsler, Pinewood Elementary, SWLSB

Miss V is devoted, patient, kind, encourages the students.
She is appreciated by students and parents!

Heather Craig, Heritage Regional High School, RSB

Ms. Craig is my son’s grade 7 English teacher. From the way she communicates with parents and students, to the variety of activities the students do in her class, Ms. Craig is at the top of the AWESOME list.

Thank you for making the transition to grade 7 so exciting for my son. You are not only teaching the curriculum, but building skills that will help him be successful not only in high school but in life. You make school fun!

Kaitlin Hearty, Dr. S.E. McDowell School, WQSB

Mme. Kaitlin is a very kind, and helpful person. She is very easy to talk to and will answer any question or concern we have. Our mornings are always rushed when our son is in a hurry to get to school, and he even wants to go on weekends. She is very helpful and reassuring with each and every student and their ability to learn and grow, and is always a pleasure to talk to.

As she once told us, I say the same to her, “Keep doing what you are doing!” Great job!

Mylène Campeau, Edgewater Elementary, LBPSB

The best Kindergarten teacher for my daughter! My daughter had a hard time during her last year at daycare, before going to the “big school”. A lot of anxiety, trouble communicating and controlling her emotions, etc. After the first few days in school, I knew Mme Mylène was the perfect match for her. Her patience and calm ways are shining through my daughter and is making such a difference in her life.

It is great to see her blossom and shine the way she is and Mme Mylène has a big part to play in this success. Thank you for being the best teacher for my daughter!

Carole Bamford, Heritage Regional High School, RSB

There are so many amazing teachers at Heritage but the one that stands out the most to me is Ms. Bamford. You know a teacher is great when she/he puts effortless time into student success, and that’s what Ms. Bamford does. I am so thankful to have met her 3 years ago as a math teacher.


Read about the educators who were highlighted last week in the first post for Teacher Appreciation Week here.

If you missed out on the opportunity to send a shout-out to an appreciated staff member of your local school, feel free to add a shout-out in the comments.

Teacher Appreciation – Merci! Thank you!

This year’s Teacher Appreciation Week, as highlighted by le Ministère de l’Éducation et Enseignement Supérieur, has as its very simple theme: Thanks! Merci!

MEES Virtual Card – http://www.education.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/site_web/documents/education/reseau/Carte-personnalisable-AN.PDF

Expressing and recognizing gratitude has been shown to make one feel happier. It is all too easy to focus on the negative. Taking stock of all the things for which we have to be grateful will surely make us feel better.  Just think about how happy it would make someone if you shared that gratitude! 🙂

That is exactly what these happy folks did in their shout-outs for educators across Quebec, featured in our 2019 edition of LEARN’s Teacher Appreciation Blog Posts. Thank you for spreading your happiness! (We’ll post again next week, so please keep the shout-outs coming: www.learnquebec.ca/teacher-appreciation )

Johanne Lemaire, Forest Hill Junior, LBPSB

Last year at Forest Hill Junior we had a hard time to say goodbye to our phenomenal Kindergarten teacher only to find an equally amazing Grade 1 teacher. I have had the pleasure to volunteer in Mme Lemaire’s class and I am completely floored by how she manages her students. I can barely command one child and there she is leading 18 6-7 year olds and they are ALL listening to her and she has their attention immediately. Little cues to grab attention, little nudges individually to motivate, little looks to let them know they need to stop, encouragement to keep trying, tools to learn the word and sounds, books coming and going to our home, flash cards. It is almost impossible not to flourish in her atmosphere. I do reading with the children, As in all classes, some are more advanced than others. I had children who could not even read a letter at the beginning who are now reading sentences, as if it just clicked at some point for them through all her hard work. We love Mme. Lemaire and we love Forest Hill Junior. What a wonderful way to start our elementary life.

Thank you for being a perfect fit for your job, Mme Lemaire.

Carrie-Ann Novinsky, Pinewood Elementary, SWLSB

Ms. Carrie-Ann is a truly wonderful & special teacher in so many ways. My daughter Alexandra loves her so much! She is a very kind, calm, patient and understanding teacher among other terrific qualities. She always takes time out for her students and the parents. She has fun ideas for the students to do while learning. My daughter enjoys going to school everyday because of the amazing way Ms. Carrie-Ann teaches and by being such a sweet teacher.

Thank you Ms. Carrie-Ann for being such an amazing teacher! We love you!

Darren McCready, McDowell Elementary School, WQSB

My child was feeling anxious about starting Grade 4 so she was able to come in the day before school started to meet her teacher, Mr. McCready. He was very empathetic while reassuring her that if she felt overwhelmed, she could talk to him. After term one, we had parent/teacher interviews and my child attended it with me. The interview began with him telling me how she was doing but before ending, he talked directly to her… saying how he knew she would continue to succeed because she was a hard-worker. My daughter has always struggled in school so to hear his words and praise… it made her feel so encouraged and proud of herself.

Thank you Mr. McCready, for being a supportive and understanding teacher to my daughter! We are so grateful!

Jordan Venne, PACC, LBPSB

After many struggling years of becoming a single parent to two children with special needs, I decided to return to school to acquire my high school diploma. It took me 3 long years to achieve my diploma, but throughout all my studies, Jordan was my go to teacher, for any kind of help. I have a handful of teachers who really helped me throughout my achievements, I do not want to exclude them for their amazing guidance: Jordan, Lethisha, Isaac, John, Teddy and Gene, without all of you, I would have never made it through adult education.
My first time at PACC I met Jordan, he was my math teacher, at this time he was teaching cycle 1 math. Although I was motivated to continue my education, I was scared, shy and doubted my abilities of what I could achieve by continuing my schooling.
This awesome teacher showed the love and dedication of being a teacher by constantly reminding me I can do anything I set my mind to, as well as to believe in myself. Every time I said I could not do something or when I would doubt my ability to achieve something, he always had something inspiring to change my mind set. As an adult, those daily reminders changed my life before I even noticed myself changing. As important as that is for children growing up throughout their education, I believe in the adult sector it is equally as important. Not only did Jordan motivate me, but he took personal time on his breaks to help tutor me, even as I began higher math with other teachers.
Sadly, just when I got comfortable with Jordan helping me on my journey, he broke me the devastating news that he is leaving PACC, he was given an opportunity to work directly at the school board. When Jordan left, I found myself struggling with my math studies, so I decided to reach out to him asking him for help. This amazing teacher went above and beyond by introducing me to websites that could help me, showed me how to solve certain equations through a video he made for me just so I could succeed and understand what I was doing. Most importantly, in my emails asking for help, he always made sure to include one of his motivational speeches just to assure me that I am on the right road and not to worry.

Photo provided by nominator.

This past summer (2018) I finally graduated and yes Jordan was there, up front, watching me graduate. I was so proud of not only myself but of this awesome teacher who kept his promise by going out of his way to come and watch me walk across the stage.



This is beyond touching to have that kind of a bond with a teacher who helped curve my path in my educational road to success. Jordan, Thank you. 

Paola Casale, Leonardo-Da-Vinci Academy, EMSB

Over the course of our children’s early years, they will meet and be guided by many educators and caregivers. Sometimes, we will be fortunate enough to come across that special someone who truly leaves a mark on your child, helping them to grow confidant and learn new things every day. Both of my children have been blessed to have been in Ms. Paola’s kindergarten class at LDVA. Without a doubt, Ms. Paola truly loves what she does and it comes across in her work with our children. My daughter’s first reaction whenever she learns something new at home is to say that she cannot way to tell/show Ms. Paola. The connection between educator and child is such an important one, as they spend so much time together over the course of a school year. I am so very thankful to know that my children have been in such good hands.

Thank you Ms.Paola, for all that you do.

Vilma Scattolin, LEARN Tutoring

Vilma supports our son John with his learning on a weekly basis. We most appreciate the constructive interaction between the 2 and John’s math skills have tremendously improved in the last few months. Vilma also provides John with weekly feedback that helps with improving and developing his math skills.

Thank you Vilma for your commitment and dedication to our children, keep up the great work. John most appreciates you and looks forward to his lessons with you each and every week!

Diana Samaan, Pinewood Elementary, SWLSB

Merci Miss Diana d’accompagner notre fils Liam dans son évolution et de lui donner le goût d’en apprendre toujours plus.

Vanessa DaSilva and All of the staff at Flemming Elementary School, ESSB

Big shout out & thank you to all staff at Flemming Elementary- everyday you go above and beyond to insure both the happiness and success of the students. Each year we thank our son’s teachers and this year like previous years we are very blessed. Thank you Ms DaSilva for all you do each and everyday ~ your dedication to your class is so heartwarming to see .. we are all very lucky to have you ♥️ and want you to know that we appreciate everything you do to include and make everyone feel accepted and cared for.

All staff at Flemming Elementary ~ the support staff .. teaching staff and administrators deserve a ginormous thank you, you all are so kind, dedicated, and welcoming. When you enter the doors at Flemming Elementary it’s not just a feeling of being in a school~ you have a sense of community and pride and we are very honoured to be part of it ♥️

It’s not too late! Add a shout out in the comments below.

Read about the educators who were highlighted in the second post for Teacher Appreciation Week here.


Teacher Appreciation – Never Give Up!

A word that I enjoy, and like to use, is sticktoitiveness.  Also written as stick-to-it-ive-ness, it means perseverance and tenacity. As educators, we don’t want our students to give up easily as soon as they start to experience difficulty, and we have to model that for them. Whether we are striving to deal with classroom behaviour, to help students learn a challenging concept, or to learn new technology for ourselves, we can show that we will not give up AND that success can actually be much sweeter following a struggle. 

Read the other Teacher Appreciation 2018 blog posts:

Sophie Montembeault, Wilder Penfield Elementary School, LBPSB

My child is not the easiest to deal with. He is one of the youngest in his class and it shows in his level of maturity. He doesn’t always listen, he never sits still, likes to talk and play when he should be doing his work, likes to wrestle and fight with his friends no matter how much he’s told not to (he’s an all-around butt head of a student). I think a lot of educators would have given up on him by now, but Mme Sophie has been trying and continues to try and keep his focus, to find what interests him and keeps in contact with me to keep me updated and let me know how and what I can do at home to help. Since the beginning of the school year, I went from having a child who wanted nothing to do with learning, to a boy who is now reading (slowly but he’s doing it), spelling, correcting our French at home when we talk to him, counting, adding, subtracting and all-around loving everything to do with math. All of this wouldn’t have happened without the caring, loving and devoted dedication of a wonderful teacher.

Thank you for not giving up on my boy.

Lynn L’Esperence (Claude), Howard S. Billings, NFSB

Lynn is a truly remarkable and amazing person who is currently the Senior Vice Principal for the school. As an Educator, Lynn has always managed to give a situation that special “spin” that makes people smile. “It’s all about the spin” is one of her many mottos and she has become an expert in using them making life throughout the school that much more enjoyable for all.

“When students actually thank you for being suspended, you know that you are doing something right.”

Lynn is a caring, dedicated and hardworking intelligent woman who has never given up no matter how tough things may seem. Her unique laughter is often heard echoing throughout the office, staff room, hallways and even classes making others smile even if they didn’t want to. Her positive energy is contagious and a driving force in the school.

As the Head Teacher for the Direction Alternative Program, she personally helped students deal with personal issues as well as teaching them the required subjects. What the program lost upon her departure, the entire school gained as she became Vice Principal. Her impact on the school, staff and students was truly felt when she left us for a year to work at another school, but she discovered that her heart had remained with our school and returned the next year to the joy and cheers of the entire staff.

I have personally, as have many other staff, parents and students alike, experienced her caring ways and we can all honestly say that our lives have been immensely enriched and even changed for the better by her presence.

If every educator was but a fraction of the person she is, education as a whole in this province would break all achievement records, that I am absolutely sure of.

Peggy Drolet, LEARN

Mrs. Drolet is so awesome because she’s such a nice generous teacher and she’s so organized. Whenever I’m stuck on something, no matter what it is, she will always find a way for me to understand it and get it down pat. Thanks for everything, Mrs. Drolet!

Melissa Beaulieu, Beacon Hill Elementary School, LBPSB

My son had Melissa as his grade 2 teacher when she was at St. Edmund’s. She didn’t just teach him, she helped him grow as a person. He bloomed that year, developing a new confidence and sense of self. She helped him find his voice. We will always remember that as a great year.

Debbie Gallagher-Bulnes, St. Jude School, RSB

Ms. Debbie has been teaching my son Logan for 2 years now, and she’s been such a positive presence in his life, that I wanted to acknowledge her on a larger platform than just sending her a thank you note. She truly brings out the best in him and encourages him to keep working hard and never give up. Thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do for Logan!

Laurie Finlayson, Huntingdon Adult Education & Community Learning Centre, NFSB

Laurie’s dedication to her class is unparalleled. She took on the SFIS class (Adults with Special Needs) only a few days before school began and hit the ground running. Her students are encouraged to communicate and integrate with the other students. She goes above and beyond always the first in the building in the morning and the last to leave! She plans activities that she knows will enrich her student’s lives as well as help setting the tone in the whole school. Her class room door is always open and her classroom is the centre of the school at lunch hour. ALL students are welcome to visit and play games or relax.
She is a very humble person and always prefers to be in the background, but deserves to be celebrated!!

Natasha Lo Basso, Riverdale High School, LBPSB

Natasha teaches the 3-year program at Riverdale, which is a specialized program for students who start high school with academic delays. It’s a 7-8-9 class with children at various levels. Natasha is incredibly dedicated, and she finds creative ways to reach these children and perhaps most importantly, make them want to learn. I cannot thank her enough for everything she has done for my son and all the children in the class. She is truly making a difference in their lives.

Christos Papafilipakis, Lake of Two Mountains High School, LBPSB

This is definitely a one-of-a-kind teacher. He taught my sister and me, as well as 2 of my stepsisters who are 15 years older than I am. When I told them he was my English teacher they were still ranting about what an incredible teacher he is 15 years later. He has a teaching style that works for every student, he makes learning a subject that’s potentially extremely boring very fun and enjoyable. He manages to get along with every student and is able to tell you your strengths, not only your weaknesses. I could write a book on what a great experience it was being in his class but I’m sure the only way to truly understand is to be one of his students. I hope he’s chosen!

Kim Grenier, ACCESS Adult Education, RSB

Kim Grenier is AWESOME. She brings joy wherever she passes. Her enthusiasm is contagious and she cares for every student. She has a creative mind and she is able to create positive relationships that can definitely change students’ lives.

Kim has been working with students with special needs in a Socio-vocational Program and reinventing the meaning of actualization every day.

Cheers to Kim Grenier!

photo by Gerd Altmann

Have you been planning to write a shout-out for an educator but haven’t gotten around to it yet? Don’t give up! Write a comment now to let that special teacher, librarian, principal, daycare worker or school secretary know that they have made a difference for you.

Teacher Appreciation – Reap the Rewards of Hard Work!

Teacher appreciation week continues on the LEARN blog! Quebec teachers, you’ve been working hard! March break is coming, but before that well-deserved rest, please know that all of your hard work is paying off.  Parents, colleagues, administration, and most importantly, your students, see and appreciate the extra time and effort that you put in every single day… including weekends. Thank you.

Read the other Teacher Appreciation 2018 blog posts:

Shanna Lavallee, Netagamiou School, Commission Scolaire du Littoral

This teacher goes above and beyond for her students. She has after school activities every day. She has homework assistance, tutoring supervisor, and Science club. She has great ideas and is able to see where the students need to go to accomplish them.

Anny Boivin, Gerald McShane Elementary School, EMSB

Both of my children had/have Mme. Anny. She is an extraordinary teacher who goes beyond her means on her method of teaching which encourages the students to excel, whether it be by incentives or creative ideas to help them comprehend the exercises. She uses materials, work papers that she herself will research and extract, to help the students further their education. Her means of communication is via ClassDojo which keeps you up-to date on the students’ progress, activities and behaviour. Excellent teacher!

Tasha Ausman, Philemon Wright High School, WQSB / LEARN Tutoring

Tasha has been amazing as my son’s tutor for Sec. V math. She takes the time to clearly explain the problems and ensure they are understood. She is patient and extremely helpful.
Thank you, Tasha.

John Whittaker, Nova Career Centre, NFSB  

John goes above and beyond what is expected of him to give his students the best of himself and the best of his experience. He is always coming up with new and innovative ideas to help his students enjoy every moment of his class time. He has a hard working mind but he is also compassionate and will go out of his way to help people. John is by far one of a kind, and students always have positive things to say about their time with him and how much he helps people.
He goes out of his way even off duty to help. He’s truly an amazing guy.

All teachers and support staff at Flemming Elementary, ESSB

A HUGE.. HUGE thank you to my son’s teachers and all the staff at Flemming Elementary. Ms. Kathy Fequet is my son’s teacher this year and we are so happy about this. She goes above and beyond every day to help Logan’s transitioning at school and to adapt her teaching to meet his many needs. No matter the day or circumstances she is there every morning to greet her class with a friendly smile. Also a huge thank you to Mr Cody, his PhysEd teacher, and Madame Manon, his FSL teacher. I know to incorporate Logan in the class is not always the easiest task but you both invest so much time to ensure he is happy. He is very fortunate to have you 3 as teachers.

The Flemming Elementary staff is an amazing team who invest so much time in the students and their classrooms and today I just want to say a big thank you to you all. Your kindness and generosity does not go unnoticed. It’s a great feeling to know when your child enters these school doors that they are in such great hands.

Clementina Fraga, Gerald McShane Elementary School, EMSB

As director of Daycare, she is dedicated to her job and love for the children. She reaches out and is respectful to both parents and students. She is a helpful resource in guiding the students with a loving discipline method and with very well thought out examples to help the children understand their actions or non-actions. She not only does her job during lunch and daycare but throughout her whole day. She rolls up her sleeves and steps outside to see the children at play. Keep up the amazing work you do!

Louise Outland, LBPSB / LEARN Tutoring

and Esperança MacIntosh, McDowell Elementary School, WQSB / LEARN Tutoring

Very kind, understanding and very good teaching skills.

Keith Bellamy, Rosemere High School, SWLSB

He always makes his classes entertaining and he truly supports his students. His positive reinforcement has brought me far in my writing assignments.

Amanda Foster, Emmanuel Christian School, QAIS / LEARN Tutoring

Amanda takes the time to clearly explain Sec. III math to my daughter. This has helped tremendously by following the steps and clearly explaining how the math is to be solved. This has helped to instill the confidence needed to work on math and achieve the goal of better understanding and better marks.
Thank you, Amanda!

Andréa Giroux, ACCESS Adult Education, RSB

Andréa is a new teacher to Adult Education and is an incredible teacher.
Her optimistic and positive personality is a great addition to any team. She is passionate by her students’ success as well as their learning process. She is engaged and creates motivating and interactive learning activities and fosters a safe and stimulating community to learn French as a second language.
Her dynamism and authenticity are her students’ best allies for a successful journey.

Natalie Ettienne, Access Riverside, RSB

Do not know where to begin, there is so much to say! I have had the pleasure of being in her classrooms in total for almost four years. She is a nursing teacher and I have learned so much from her. She can be tough at times, but only to show you that you can do it. She has the biggest heart, takes the time to listen, and she never makes anyone feel less worthy. Her kindness is out of this world. Her ability to teach, show her students how things are done, or how to treat people, is more than amazing. I have taken the time to tell her all of this, but being rewarded for all her great work would be the icing on her cake. Teachers should be more rewarded for the hard work they do. She deserves it big time.

To this day I keep in contact with her and am very blessed to call her my friend and, most of all, my mentor. Being a nurse today is all because of her. The encouragement and the patience she has, made me want to be just like her. Glad to say that I am.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for changing my life for the better and letting me see that nursing was my calling.


Melanie Jean, St. Jude School, RSB 

Melanie is a dedicated and caring teacher. She is willing to provide support to her colleagues, students and families in the community as needed. She shares her passion for learning in any way possible including using her love of all things Disney to inspire her students. Everything is a learning experience for Melanie’s students. They have had the help of a classroom hedgehog to learn sounds and vocabulary, explored the world of flexible classroom seating, and uncovered that taking risks in learning is rewarding. Melanie, with her creativity and energy, spreads a little magical pixie dust over all of her grade one students each day! Merci, Mme. Melanie!



And last, but certainly not least, our leader at LEARN, Michael Canuel

This person is rarely referred to as a teacher, so I wish to do so. The educational work he does impacts Anglophone students and parents throughout the province. His leadership and dedication ensure solid educational support for the entire community. He has tirelessly led groups of teachers and the LEARN staff for over a decade. He has made LEARN the essential body it is today. For as long as I can remember, he has praised the online teachers, the LEARN directors, consultants, and support staff without ever being cited during Teacher Appreciation Week. He is one of the best teachers anyone will ever meet. He teaches the teachers. He really cares about Quebec students – young and old!

If you know an educator who is overdue for some words of encouragement to “Keep up the hard work!” it’s not too late! Please add your comment of praise and support here.


Teacher Appreciation – Do What You Love, Love What You Do!

We’ve all heard the advice that if we find a job that we love, we’ll never really work a day in our lives. The Québec educators highlighted in this first of three blog posts in the fourth annual Teacher and School Staff Appreciation shout-outs clearly show their love for their students and for their chosen profession. Valentine’s Day must be coming because love is certainly in the air!

Read the other Teacher Appreciation 2018 blog posts:

Nathalie Swanson, Dr. S.E. McDowell School, WQSB

Mme. Nathalie is not only an excellent language teacher, but she is kind, organized and extremely dedicated. My son loves her and is always excited to get up in the morning to start his school day 🙂  She has been a huge asset to our family, as our son sometimes struggles with his learning, and needs a teacher who is both knowledgeable and patient. Thank you Mme. Nathalie for the quiet way in which you make an enormous difference in the life of our school and community!

Linda Fitzpatrick,  Forest Hill Elementary (Junior), LBPSB

C’est une professeure merveilleuse car elle aime ce qu’elle fait et ça paraît. Elle aime les enfants et imagine toutes sortes d’activités pour faciliter leurs apprentissages. Elle sait susciter leur intérêt et les garder motiver. Notre fils adore aller à l’école, et quand il revient le soir il nous raconte sa journée et il en parle avec des étoiles dans les yeux.

Sonia Arnoldo, Gerald McShane Elementary School, EMSB

Extremely caring and patient, understanding, respectful towards both students and parents, clear and concise with homework outline for parents to follow, techniques used for English and math easy to follow and easy to implement by students. Great amazing teacher full of love for her students!

Denyse Griffiths, Gault Institute, NFSB

Mme. Griffiths teaches French in an English immersion school. She has one hour a day with each class, and she always makes the most of it! She loves hands on learning, adaptive learning spaces, and community engagement. She continuously tries new projects both in the class and outside, bringing people together. French class always brightens up the student`s day thanks to this energetic teacher!

Mona Nesbitt, Hull Adult Education Centre, WQSB

Mona has been creating flexible learning environments since way before they became all the rage! You can see the love she has for teaching and for her students by simply walking into her classroom – she designs it specifically for student success. She is an inspiration and her students are lucky to have her!

Linda Cotter, St. Lawrence School, RSB

Linda Cotter is the most dedicated teacher I know. She travels very far every day to teach. She loves her students. My eldest child was her student when he was in grade 1 (he is now in Secondary II). I believe she is the reason my son loves to read. Our family loves Mrs. Cotter. She will always be THAT teacher – the one we will remember forever.

Lia Maggiorino, Laval Junior Academy, SWLSB

She is amazing because she always does what is best for her students. She is always in a good mood and puts a smile on everyone’s face. I always look forward to going to her class because she makes learning fun. Thank you for everything you do!

Gabriella Di Placido, Rosemere High School, SWLSB

Mrs. Di Placido is my niece’s teacher and she has bloomed since day one. She looks forward to going to school every morning and her grades have improved amazingly!!! Mrs. Di Placido is an Angel on earth!! Thank you!!!

Jennifer Hayden, St. Edmund’s Elementary School, LBPSB

Our music teacher, Miss Jennifer, is truly the heart of our school. She has instilled a passion for music into each and every student. Her enthusiasm is absolutely unstoppable. Whether she is teaching the grade three’s how to play the recorder or rehearsing for an upcoming music show with the grade one’s or leading the grade six band, every student is fueled by the excitement and passion she brings. Her reach goes well beyond the music room.

In the past couple of years, she has initiated a new fundraising event for the school (an outdoor concert!), connected students and parents together through a common love of the Tragically Hip and educated students about residential schools while leading our school in a project to pack shoebox gifts for Indigenous youth. Our gratitude for Miss Jennifer cannot easily be expressed. We are so thankful to have her at St. Edmund!

Jennifer Butler, Twin Oaks Elementary School, SWLSB

Dedicated, hard working. Loves her kids.

Marilyn Cormier, McCaig Elementary School, SWLSB

Madame Marilyn est une enseignante au grand coeur qui sait comment approcher un enfant en difficulté et l’aider à prendre la bonne voix. Une enseignante que tous les enfants aimeraient avoir. Un des enseignants qui apporte tellement à cette école.

Isaac Dumont, St. Lawrence School, RSB

Isaac makes music class fun for the children, teaching drumming, flute, etc. to his students with modern day music. The children love knowing that their music teacher is a well-known drummer across Canada. We are lucky to have such a talented and inspiring music teacher.

Can you feel the love? Add your own words of love for the educators highlighted above, or add a shout-out to someone new in the comments below.


Teacher Appreciation – Woot! Woot!


We have come to the last post of our three day series highlighting amazing shout-outs for outstanding teachers in Quebec’s English schools.  It’s incredibly humbling to read about the contributions these educators have made to the lives of individual students, to their classes, as mentors, and as leaders in their communities.


Peggy Drolet, LEARN

Peggy has been a role model for me. She cares so much about her students and reminds them of this on a regular basis (check out her #SN4students Twitter feed to see this in action). She works very hard to instill superior study habits in her students (in addition to a very full math curriculum). I do not know a teacher who is more dedicated to her students and to innovating/evolving/growing year after year. Peggy is an awesome teacher!

Amanda Sayegh, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, LBPSB

My daughter was diagnosed with Dyslexia last year and this year she was placed in Amanda’s class. Amanda being new to our school I had no idea what to expect in terms of her way of teaching. Would she be willing to incorporate the iPad? Would following the IEP be a problem?

I have to say that I have never been so impressed with a teacher.  Amanda has gone above and beyond with helping my daughter and encouraging her, helping to build her self-esteem. Our family recently experienced the loss of a family member.  Amanda was kind enough to send home a book for her to help deal with this loss. She is not only a terrific teacher but a very kind person.

Mme. Marie France Christophe, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, LBPSB

Mme. Marie France is an amazing teacher. She works with her heart and as a lot of compassion and understanding of children’s needs. My son has difficulty with his reading and writing skills do to a speech problem. With a classroom of 25 students she always makes sure that my son understands what is expected of him. We work together to ensure a plan that will work for my son in his class. She always answers any questions or concerns I have. She plans activities for special occasions, especially the children’s birthdays –  they get a special treat. She is a teacher that goes out of her way to accommodate her students. I am so grateful to have her as a teacher for my son who is grade 2. It was always a concern for me as a parent to know if my son will be ok in doing his work and other tasks. My son has struggled in the past and still does. Having Mme Marie France as a teacher is a blessing. My son has gained more confidence in himself because of her. Thank-You, Mme Marie-France, for all of your hard work. We truly appreciate everything that you do.

Martin Poirier, St. Patrick’s High School, CQSB

Mr. Poirier is a super math teacher. He is amazing because his main concern is “how will my students relate to this math topic”. He is continuously looking for ways to make the math activities meaningful for his students. Your hard work is appreciated by all!

Nancy Gauthier, Hillcrest Academy, SWLSB

Madame Gauthier is a dedicated professional who always puts one hundred and ten percent into her job and students. She continuously looks for new approaches to engage all second language learners and works way beyond the required hours. She provides the students with a safe environment that allows them to learn and practice their French language skills. She loves her students and it shows in everything that she does. She has made a difference in the lives of both my children.

Anne-Marie Pelletier, Everest Elementary School, CQSB

Anne-Marie teaches French to our Cycle 2 and 3 students. Her passion and curiosity for learning and embracing life are contagious. She strives to improve her craft for the benefit of her students. She is currently piloting a 1-to-1 i-pad project with her classes. She works tirelessly at creating positive relationships with her students and their parents. Her attention to detail and communication with the home is inspiring. She welcomes French monitors as well as student teachers into her classes. Best of all, she is always a positive and supportive colleague.

Linda Cotter, St. Lawrence Elementary School, RSB

Mrs. Cotter is the best teacher any child could have. She is strict but loves the children with all her heart.

Trisha Klancar, St. Patrick’s High School, CQSB

Trisha is an awesome teacher. She is attentive to her students’ needs. Trisha’s dedication to her students prepares them well for senior high school. Also, her involvement in the Canadian Student Leadership Program has made St. Patrick’s High School a driving force in this initiative. Congratulations Trisha and thank you for making St. Pat’s a better school!

Sia Georgaklis, Chateauguay Valley Regional High School, NFSB

Energetic and enthusiastic… exceptional qualities for anyone, but for a teacher to display this to her students everyday is OUTSTANDING.
Her energy encourages her students to embark on projects and activities sometimes outside their comfort zones. However, with her guidance and encouragement they find success!

Jeffrey Jordan, Heritage Regional High School, RSB

Best Teacher my child has ever had, kids love him, makes a difference to them.

Suzanne Monderie, Flemming Elementary, ESSB

When my family and I started our journey in Sept Iles with our 3 1/2 year old son with Autism, all was very new. Luckily for us she was his Pre-K teacher for part of the year as she taught Resource and lucky for my family and especially my son she is teaching him Grade 1!! Suzanne is an amazing teacher with an enormous heart of love to give her students. She is very passionate about her teaching and goes above and beyond to ensure success of her students and to help them reach their full potential. I am very lucky this year to be working in her class and she inspires me each day and I love to know each day that my son, who is my world, is in her care, her class.

Susan Outram, Centennial Regional High School, RSB

This teacher is a super, outstanding person who will do anything for her students to help them in school and help them pass. This teacher not only struggles with medical problems, where sometimes she is in so much pain that she must make the choice between feeling pain all over her body or teaching her students. She always puts the students first.

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

Danielle Chaput is a dedicated math and science teacher. Danielle assists her learners in enhancing their thinking. More recently, Danielle is implementing the flipped classroom. Because of her teaching strategy, her students are engaged and taking ownership of their learning. Congratulations Danielle. Your students are lucky!

Lynn Harkness, Chateauguay Valley Regional High School, NFSB

“Sounds like a good idea to me”…Lynn makes things happen. When kids are at the centre of any project Lynn is willing to give her time and energy to help them find success! Always smiling always ready to find ways for kids to shine!

Daphne Amster, Edgewater Elementary School, LBPSB

Miss Daphne goes above and beyond every day for her students. An active member of the Home and School and a recipient of the “unsung hero” award last year, Daphne is an important and much loved teacher in our school. She spearheaded the iPad pilot project, combining classic teaching and technology allowing the children in her class to experience a new dynamic of learning. Taking the time to train and learn as much as possible to pass on to other teachers, ensuring that the Edgewater community benefits from her vast knowledge. Her teaching style, huge heart and genuine love for her students shines through and helps the children feel confident and excited to learn. For these reasons and many, many more, Daphne Amster is more than deserving of the honor of being recognized.

We want her to know just how much her endless efforts are truly appreciated.

Amanda MacKechnie, Dr. S.E. McDowell, WQSB

Amanda is my son’s Pre-K teacher and she is well-loved by all. Her positive attitude, beautiful smile and nurturing ways help the little ones transition smoothly from home (or daycare) to school. This year is so important in making these future scholars feel safe and happy in a challenging environment. Way to go Miss Amanda!

Diane Lapalme, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, LBPSB

Diane is amazing teacher, she has gone out of her way to accommodate my son in her classroom since the beginning of the year. She recognized right away where his strengths and weaknesses are and changed his work without being asked. She praises the children in her class daily. My son has dramatically improved since the beginning of the year and the majority of the credit goes to Diane!

Stephanie Gerbaux, Kuper Academy

She’s a caring, giving teacher who never stops thinking of her students. She truly gives her profession her all and no matter how tired she is, she makes sure to give the best of herself always.

Nathan Gage, Riverdale High School, LBPSB

In his first year as Music Teacher at RHS, Mr. Gage has restored my faith in high school music programs.  Mr. Gage has revamped the whole style, adding vocalists, rappers and electronica. The students love it, and the parents are mightily impressed. Kudos to you, Sir!

Audrey McLaren, LEARN

Audrey is an awesome teacher. She is caring, innovative, and most of all, extremely funny; all the ingredients needed in a classroom with teenagers. Audrey, we need you, we love you. We learn from you. Thank you!


Audrey is one of the most enthusiastic and innovative teachers that I know. She is always evolving and looking for better ways to reach her students. She is extremely connected, both to her immediate peers and to the greater teaching community. With her focus on developing relationships, Audrey is always eager to share her experience and to gain insights through others’ experiences (both students’ and teachers’).

Tanya Travaglini, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, LBPSB

My daughter was diagnosed with Dyslexia at the end of last year. This year she was in Tanya’s class for English and Math. After my first meeting with Tanya my mind was put at ease, she is an amazing teacher. She immediately incorporated my daughter’s needs into the class. She also recognized her strengths in math and pushes her to do well!

When my daughter comes home and shows me a test that she did really well on and beams when she tells me how proud Miss Tanya was of her. I can see the positive effect Tanya has had on her!

Elizabeth Maltais, St. Patrick’s High School, CQSB

Ms. Maltais is an extremely dedicated French teacher. Her strength is her calmness. Her students excel because of the soft and caring atmosphere in her classroom. St. Pat’s is lucky to have you as a teacher. Thank you!


Don’t be shy to write comments at the end of any of the three posts (first post here, second post here) to add your words of appreciation for other deserving teachers.  If you don’t add a comment, please take the time this week to thank an educator who had an impact on you.

Teacher Appreciation – Mille Mercis !

We didn’t receive one thousand thank yous, but we did get a lot.  We continue with part two of our three part series, with more amazing messages of appreciation for educators across boy_thanksour province.  (Read part one here.)

Miss Mirella Simone, Terry Fox Elementary School, SWLSB

Miss Mirella is one of the best teachers I had during 7 years at Terry Fox. She is very understanding, very caring towards all the kids in class, and very patient. She is an awesome teacher and I want to thank her for everything she has done for me this year.

Miss Lina Monaco, Terry Fox Elementary School, SWLSB

Everything she does with the children is awesome.

Martin Goudreault, La Tuque High School, CQSB

Mr. G gives endless hours to the staff and students of LTHS every year. He does it because he loves to expose the students to opportunities they might otherwise miss in our small community. Mr. G is particularly active in leading students through fundraising to go on trips to Quebec City, Montreal, and New York City. He has also been active in chaperoning Student Council when they go on their annual leadership conference. Mr. G’s impact on his students is clearly evident in the numbers that stay in contact with him long after they have left our school to pursue higher education and careers of their own.

Shelley Osborne, Everest Elementary School, CQSB

Shelley puts in many extra hours on a daily basis for free, helping children with their school work. She works with children from her own class and others after school almost every day. She helps others on a regular basis and shares all her good practices with other teachers.

Diane Lazure, Heritage Regional High School, NFSB

For the way she differentiates her instruction for the needs of her students. Teaching for Diane is a passion!

Chantal Pineault, Riverside Regional Elementary School, CQSB

Patient, creative, and a great friend to teach with!

Ali Ghassemi, Nova Career and Education Centre, NFSB

Ali is an awesome adult educator because he recognizes that his students come from different backgrounds and have different needs. He is willing to take chances with helping students and works hard finding ways to make sure they understand the math concepts they need to get in order to achieve their goals.

Deborah Caruso, Everest Elementary CQSB

Ms. Caruso often uses hands-on activities and games in order to teach her students. In return, her students enjoy learning and easily remember the lesson.

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

She takes real life classroom problems/conflicts and turns them into life lessons. My son is positively influenced and is made to feel like he’s special and important. She is fair and treats all equally. She is respectful of the children, therefore, they respect her. We feel blessed our son is learning from a great role model.

Kim Kiolet, Shawinigan High School, CQSB

Kim is regularly leading her students in engaging, interesting, interactive activities to bring learning to life. Her students have trained for a marathon and then invited other students to run with them in an event that involved local exceptional athletes. She invites veterans to be interviewed by her students prior to the school’s Remembrance Day ceremony. To name a few…


This teacher is devoted to her students. She is 100% dedicated. She’s an amazing 6th grade teacher. My daughter is in Sec. 1 now and still goes to see Ms. Kiolet at lunchtime sometimes. She teaches them academics but she also shows them about being good people either by volunteering with senior citizens or organizing a blood clinic. She is an inspiration to all the kids! My daughter has never had such an amazing teacher! She will remember this teacher all her life!! Kudos to her!!!

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

She is dedicated and works beyond hours to make her classroom a great learning environment. She makes the children proud of their accomplishments. I am thrilled my daughter was fortunate to have such a caring and nurturing Kindergarten teacher.

Cathy Nugent, Onslow Elementary School, WQSB

She really focuses on getting the students to read which is great.

Elizabeth Ascah, Grosse Isle School, ESSB

I have watched this teacher perform her magic with students over many years as a consultant and now, as a Director of Education Services. Libby is loved by all her students. She is so very modest about her excellence in her craft but the results speak for her. Her student results are always top notch despite the greatest challenges any of us could possibly face in a small rural school on a tiny isolated island. She has taught children to love to read and write. It is in her class where, even the boys eagerly ask to share their favourite book or recently crafted story.

Libby always stretches her practice, is the first to embark on a new educational plan and is a collaborative learner with her students, while modelling her zest as a life-long learner.

Melissa Verreault, Everest Elementary School, CQSB

Ms. Verreault is awesome because she makes learning real for the students. She engages her students in their learning every day. Our daughter simply loves her!

Stephanie Beaudoin, Everest Elementary School, CQSB

Ms. Beaudoin is the most awesome kindergarten teacher ever! She has a way getting the kids involved in learning that is incredible. By doing so our son has discovered the joy of reading. Thank you!

Mrs. Tracy Dow, St. Willibrord School, NFSB

She is awesome with the kids, so much patience and knows just how to handle each situation, with kindness. Makes each child feel so appreciated. She teaches with her heart.


Because I like her, she’s a good teacher, and she’s very nice to me.

Miss Cheryl Hubert, St. Willibrord School, NFSB

This lady is so kind to the children and truly knows how to listen to the children. Without her many a child would not do as well. She is a true teacher with patience beyond patience. The children love her.

Vicky Perreault, Joliette High School, SWLSB

Vicky walks the talk! She is an avid Dragon boat participant, showing her students participation is how things get done! Her leadership in the paperless classroom is an example for her school, school board and provincial colleagues! We can all take lessons from Vicky.

Mrs. Marie Christine Corriveau, Edgewater Elementary School, LBPSB

So caring and wonderful at what she does!

Guylaine Gendron, St. Anthony’s Elementary School, LBPSB

Selfless, devoted, caring and loving, positive, understanding, really cares about the kids, always goes the extra mile, smiles.

Elizabeth Wilson, Wilder Penfield Elementary School, LBPSB

Caring, patient, kind… Mme. Elizabeth is an amazing Kindergarten teacher. She has given our son an amazing start at school and in learning French. I am in awe at how much he has learnt in less than half a year in school!

Candice Brown, Dr. S.E. McDowell Elementary School, WQSB

Ms. Brown has encouraged my 10 year old son to read, write, and try his best at everything he does. She understands his needs, and has figured out the best way to make him love going to school every day. We’ve had struggles over the years but this year he wants to write a book, has improved his marks in math, and wants to impress Ms. Brown with what he knows. He’s asked if she can move on to the next grade with him. For a child who doesn’t like school, that’s a huge honour.

Kerry Cule, LEARN

Kerry is fabulous. She is a calm and caring person and this is how she is every day with her students and most of all with her colleagues. We can always count on Kerry to offer solutions and advice on how to solve problems that may come up. We love you Kerry. We appreciate all you do! Thank you!

It’s not too late to share your words of appreciation for a desrving educator.  Feel free to add a shout-out in the comments below.  Our third and final blog post for Teacher Appreciation 2015 will be posted tomorrow.

Above and Beyond: Teacher Appreciation Week

by Michelle Ramos CC BY-NC 2.0 on Flickr

It’s that time of the year – time for my third annual blog post for Teacher Appreciation Week(s)!  (Depending on your school board, you may be celebrating this week, or next, or both 🙂  )  I have a lot to say on the subject of teacher appreciation (past blog posts here and here), specifically my appreciation for the teachers I have the good fortune to work with on a daily basis:  Alex, Andy, Audrey, Kerry and Peggy.  To the five of you: I want to thank you and wish you a happy Teacher Appreciation Week.  My hope is that these teachers feel my appreciation for their outstanding work every day of the year. 

I must also mention that I work with many amazing educators in my role at LEARN, the wonderful SOS LEARN tutors, the supportive school staffs at our online learning partner schools, and the incredible staff at LEARN.   


The bell rings!  Students run to their lockers, boisterously gather their lunch bags, back packs and assorted books required for homework.  The buses are lined up, they quickly fill and students head home for the evening.  Teachers take a breath.  Most of the students have left, but the teacher’s day is long from over.  And for many teachers, the work day may also have started hours before the buses arrived.

This year for Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s not recognize the incredible work teachers do during the school day.

Instead, let’s focus on the amazing work they do above and beyond the school day.

I remember a year when all of my teaching colleagues were asked to record the time they spent on “school work” outside the regular school day hours.  That year, I was helping to coach volleyball, organizing 30 hour famine, running the dance committee, working on drama presentations, helping to organize Winter Carnival, oh, and teaching four secondary language arts classes.  My hours added up quickly and there were staff members giving much more time than I did!

When I think back, way back,  to my own experience in high school, many of the happiest moments that pop into my head are from involvement in extra-curricular activities (student council, school musical, fundraising, dances, sports, etc.) and from the moments when teachers took the extra time with me outside of class to help me when I needed it most.  None of those memorable moments would have happened without teachers and other staff members giving their time to support students through activities that make a difference to school life.

One might imagine that online teachers do not have the many demands on their time outside of the school day.  WRONG!  LEARN’s dedicated online teachers are never far away from their online students, tweeting and e-mailing with them after class, making comments on blog posts, discussion threads and e-portfolios, providing evening and weekend, extra help sessions, and preparing the Voicethreads, Google docs, or presentations required for their online classes.  Additionally, they are also sharing with other teachers beyond their classrooms through blogs and PLNs.  LEARN’s online teachers present about their classroom practices at conferences in Quebec and beyond.

Even if teachers are not helping with extra-curricular activities, they are planning, reading and giving feedback on student work, communicating with parents, collaborating with colleagues, participating in governing board or school council, providing extra help, and purchasing classroom materials (too often with their own money!)  With e-mail and social media (blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, etc.), many teachers are spending a great deal of time in the evening continuing to foster positive relationships with students and their families.

In my 20+ years as a student and my 20+ years as an educator (add it up and account for the + signs, if you must), I have been influenced by many amazing teachers.  I believe that what the most inspiring teachers maintain is a strong desire to always do all that they can to relate to and engage their students, no matter the time it requires.  The importance of connecting with students and sharing our passion for learning makes all of that extra time outside of the classroom so important and so rewarding.

Thank you, Quebec teachers!  Thank you for all of the time that you give, inside and outside the classroom, to improve the quality of school life for everyone.  Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Thank you!

photo by Ben Fredericson
photo by Ben Fredericson

When I speak with LEARN’s teachers about what is different for them about teaching online compared to their face-to-face experience with students in schools, one of the things that comes up frequently is the gratitude that their students express every day. When I visit classes, I notice it: almost every student includes thanks as part of his/her daily parting words to teachers.
I secretly asked LEARN’s online cycle 2 students if they would like to express their gratitude more publicly this week as part of the celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week in Quebec. Here are some of the responses I received, in the students’ own words:

Dear Mrs. Drolet,

I can’t imagine how fast the year came by. My math classes with you were wonderful and amazing. Throughout the year, I’ve had difficulties in every single chapter we went through but you were always there for me and helped me get through it.

I know you sometimes were disappointed by the work handed in by me, but I did try my best to succeed and have good marks and it is because of you. You were there for me and I am so grateful and happy that you were my teacher this year.
Good thing Marianne convinced me to take the online class or else I wouldn’t have met the awesome teacher you are. I definitely will miss you terribly and you forever will stay in my heart because even though we haven’t met, I love you a lot and you are a great person.

Thank you so much for being there for me. You made me a better person. I am now taking my responsibilities seriously and I can’t be more thankful than I am right now. You definitely were the best friend you told us you’d be at the beginning of the year. My text seems cheesy a bit, but it really is what I think of you. Thank you so much.

Lots of love,


Dear Mrs. McGoldrick,

You have made Math class so interesting for Marica and me, as well as the rest of your other math students. I could’ve never asked for anyone better to teach us math over the internet. This has been my first time doing online courses and no matter how much I panic over not understanding things you’re always there to explain something or giving us help when we need it.

We love your random outbursts and your doodles you write on the whiteboard in class; Marica and I always get a good giggle out of them. We love looking at the new pictures you put on the sakai page every week because it always gives us something to yarn about. You’re so successful with all your awards and such and you should get a #1 teacher button because you deserve it!

You’re so enthusiastic about teaching and it’s amazing how you can put up with us sometimes. (Well, our math class isn’t that rough but you get what I mean 😉 Thank you for being so patient with us and being one of my favorite LEARN teachers.  You don’t understand how much it means to all of us when we say how easy it is to get along with you and how we really enjoy your math class. Thank you for everything you’ve done to help us and thank you for anything else I might have missed.


Mr. Ross,

I think I speak on behalf of all your LEARN students that you are doing a great job as our physics teacher!

Teaching from behind a computer monitor can be a challenging job it seems, but you seem to have adapted very well! I never thought we would be doing labs, in this course, but we have actually done several interesting ones. You always keep the class interesting with all the examples and scenarios you give, and you make sure everyone gets the material well before we move on.

I was also not a very organized person before your class, but I can feel myself improving in that as well!

Thank you for all your effort, and let’s finish off a great year!


Dear Mrs.Cule,

Even though the year is far from over, I wanted to thank you for all that you have done and will do for me and the whole class this year. I want to thank you for all your patience and hard work. It must not always be easy to teach a bunch of teenagers online, but yet, you manage to do it amazingly!

I love how you share your love of chemistry with the class through tons of fun activities, exercises and experiments that we remember and enjoy so much more than reading a textbook and doing the textbook questions all year long! I believe diversity is one of your strength, just like your dedication. Preparing all these activities shows all of us how much you care and I will always be grateful for it.

I have always been the student who wants to do the best she can to assure herself the best future.  In your class, I feel like all is planned to make sure of it, so that I don’t have to worry about missing something, or being scared to get to the end of year exam and rip my hair out because I don’t feel prepared at all. I know you always have our best interests in mind and that you will do everything you can for us to succeed. I know that even if I don’t understand something and feel discouraged, you will always have my back and that we will work through it together to make everything be fine in the end.

It is for all of this, and much more, that I am the luckiest chemistry student because I have you as a teacher.


Dear Mrs. Pasteris,

 First of all, thank you for putting up with all of us! I’d also like to thank you for all the hard work and effort you have put in for us to ensure we really understand the material.

I appreciate all of your dedication, hard work, patience and understanding. You are such a fantastic teacher! I remember when I couldn’t really understand the first chapter, and I just didn’t get how all the online stuff worked and how to understand it, but you made sure that I did and helped me through. Not all teachers are so caring and helpful like you have been. It must be so tough to do it as well over the internet rather than person to person. I can’t imagine the amount of patience you have with all of us.

 I just really want to thank you and tell you how much I appreciate you and how much work and time you have put in for the class and me. Thank you so much Mrs. Pasteris! I hope we get to actually meet one day!



To all of Quebec’s teachers:  Thank you and happy Teacher Appreciation Week to you all!  What would be a meaningful teacher gift for you?

Students:  Feel free to leave a comment to add thanks for your teacher(s).  Let your teacher(s) know that you appreciate what they do for you and your classmates every day.