2017 Medal Winners | francais

The 2017 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario)

is awarded to

Lisa Cole (Lim-Cole)

"I feel truly honoured to receive this award and touched to know that students and physics educators wish to recognize the work I do. My inspiration comes from the many amazing educators I work with and the students who continue to wonder and explore the world around them." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2017 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario) is awarded to Lisa Cole (Lim-Cole), Durham District School Board, in recognition of her up-to-date pedagogical skills that have enhanced the educational experience and future success of over nearly 70,000 students within the Durham Region and her superb leadership with teachers all over Ontario. announcement

Lisa Lim-Cole is a one-of-a-kind physics educator. Her creative approach inspires students to explore everyday experiences and deepen their conceptual understanding.
Lisa illuminates for physics students the relevance of their learning and connects physics to career pathways. This has increased physics enrollment at her school and inspired many students to pursue degrees in physical science and engineering. Currently, Lisa has a central role supporting K-12 STEM educators in the Durham District School Board (DDSB). Lisa created the DDSB STEM Plan and works with DDSB educators to develop innovative strategies for physics-STEM teaching and learning. Lisa continues to explore new ways to promote physics-STEM by annually organizing student events like STEM Olympics and Mystery Box Challenges, and by mentoring groups of students in events like Future City Competitions, Inspiring Girls in STEM and STEM Talks.

Her love for physics, students, and lifelong learning drive Lisa to engage in conversations throughout Ontario with peers, students, parents, and top-level civil servants. Her goal is to advocate for and support physics/ STEM education. Lisa is past president of the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers and is the Eastern Ontario Teacher Network Coordinator for the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. She has organized provincial physics teachers� conferences and participates in the national Engineering Change Lab. Lisa believes that addressing diversity in physics/STEM starts with inspiring physics/STEM educators to learn alongside their students.

Lisa Lim-Cole is a dedicated physics educator who motivates large numbers of students and teachers and inspires creativity and innovation in physics and STEM education. nominator citation

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