2014 Medal Winners | francais

The 2014 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario)

is awarded to

Diana Hall

winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2014 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario) is awarded to Diana Hall, Do Science Tanzania, in recognition of for her excellent outreach work in physics, both within Canada and abroad with the Do Science Tanzania program she initiated.. announcement

Diana Hall has taught Physics at Bell High School in Ottawa since 1993. A student writes: “Ms. Diana Hall is an incredible teacher, and I feel that I was enormously lucky to be her student during the last two years of my high school career. She teaches physics, a subject that is often perceived as one of the most difficult in grades 11 and 12, in a masterful way, and makes sure to keep her students in check with a forceful yet caring tone. We were all happy to stay as late as possible to study, and these educational sessions quickly became coupled to pot luck dinners and remarkable fun. This was an amazing group; we shared ideas, problems, solutions, culture, food, hover-crafts, and friendship. We became incredibly close, and planned physics marathons late into evenings, during the weekends, and even overnight at the school.”
Diana Hall has taught in four countries, Canada, Mexico, where classes are given in Spanish and English, the USA and Tanzania. She has been a member of the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers for over 20 years, serving as president for two years, as well as running the Photography Contest and the Grade 11 Physics Test taken by thousands of Ontario Students. In 2010 she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, a trip that changed her life. She met some local physics teachers who needed help. Diana set up Do Science Tanzania, which now offers four programs: Workshops for teachers; a lending library of equipment; a scholarship program for students, and a workshops on careers for students. Diana Hall changes lives. nominator citation

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