2022 Medal Winners | francais

The 2022 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario)

is awarded to

Adam Mills

"I am humbled and overjoyed to have been selected as the recipient of the 2022 CAP HS-CEGEP Teaching Award. Providing my students with opportunities for them to discover the tricks of nature is a personal passion and this award has further fuelled that fire." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2022 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario) is awarded to Adam Mills, Assumption College Catholic High School, in recognition of his dedication to the development of physics pedagogy and a classroom practice guided by physics education research. Adam’s passion for active learning and student collaboration have had a positive impact on student learning and his students’ interest and achievement in physics. He is also a mentor to other physics teachers through his work with the OAPT and as an Associate Teacher with the University of Windsor, mentoring trainee teachers. announcement

Adam Mills (BSc Honours Physics and High Technology, 2005) has served as an incredibly respected, admired, dedicated, and innovative science, math, and physics teacher for the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board since 2012. Adam currently teaches (among many other subjects) International Baccalaureate Physics at Assumption College Catholic High School in Windsor, Ontario. His passion for teaching has previously earned him recognition as a recipient of a University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award in 2016. He has devoted tireless service to his profession, serving as both vice-president and president of the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers, an organization with over 400 members. Adam has facilitated numerous teaching workshops for this association and for local teachers, presenting to colleagues and peers his experiences with the implementation of innovative teaching pedagogies like the use of inquiry-based classrooms, the design of novel assessment and evaluation methods, and the use of cognitive therapy and neuroscience to develop a more “scientific model for learning.” Along with this service to his profession, Adam has remained dedicated to his students, advising a Canadian Young Physics Tournament team, coaching senior boys soccer, and advising his school’s Math Club and Science Olympiad Team. Adam has inspired and motivated numerous young students to pursue careers in STEM fields and through his work with the University of Windsor Faculty of Education he strives to help prepare the next generation of teachers by improving the experiences and education of Teacher Candidates and by providing subject-specific feedback to the university students training for International Baccalaureate qualifications. nominator citation

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