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2021 High School / CEGEP Teaching Award Winners

The CAP and its award partners - Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, TRIUMF, the Institute of Particle Physics, and Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia - are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 CAP High School/CEGEP Teaching Awards. Recipients will be presented with their awards at their school, the CAP Congress, or some other mutually-agreed upon event, as coordinated with the recipient.

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The 2021 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Prairies and Northwest Territories) is awarded to

Murray Guest, Walter Murray Collegiate, Saskatoon, SK, to recognize his passion and dedication to teaching physics and his work with the Knowledge and Education Exchange Network and Math 9+ program.

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The 2020 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Prairies and Northwest Territories) is awarded to

Ryan Beck, Chinooks Edge School Division, for presenting multiple opportunities to keep physics relevant and accessible to students, a very wide and diverse practice is achieving grants for educating students, and the effort he has put in getting students into the wider world applying physics.

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The 2019 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Prairies and Northwest Territories) is awarded to

Brad Langdale, Spruce Grove Composite High School, for his dedication to student achievement and for his extensive mentoring and professional development of teachers throughout the province.

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The 2018 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Prairies and Northwest Territories) is awarded to

Thana Rahim, Ecole St. Patrick High School, for her innovation in promoting physics in Canada's north, bringing physics into the Yellowknife community, and her ability to encourage so many students in pursuing careers in science and engineering.

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The 2017 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Prairies and Northwest Territories) is awarded to

Karen Kennedy-Allin, Weyburn Comprehensive School, her multiple leadership roles with students, other physics teachers, with First Nations, and in the community that have communicated a passion for physics in all that she does, from classroom teaching to curriculum development..

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The 2016 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Prairies and Northwest Territories) is awarded to

Jeff Goldie, Strathcona High School, for his 30-year track record of teaching excellence, his mentorship of other teachers, and his leadership in physics education in Alberta.

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The 2015 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Prairies and Northwest Territories) is awarded to

Patrick Kossmann, Greenall High School, for his creative work in encouraging students to learn physics. A Physics teacher and a drama coach, his classes are engaging and enjoyable, while maintaining top standards of academic excellence.

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The 2014 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Prairies and Northwest Territories) is awarded to

Dion Skitsko, Mother Margaret Mary High School, for his innovative design of physics experiments and demonstrations, and his leading edge use of technology in the classroom.

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The 2021 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Prairies and Northwest Territories) was not awarded this year.

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The 2012 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Prairies and Northwest Territories) is awarded to

Brian Dentry, Kildonan-East Collegiate, for his long-standing accomplishment of propelling students to excellence. In addition to regularly producing winners of high school CAP prize exams, having a very high percentage of his students enter graduate work in physics, and giving a large number of teaching workshops in physics over the years, Brian has had a special concern in encouraging members of under-represented groups to enter physics. His new approach to the curriculum in high school math and physics showed a reduction in the dropout and failure rate from 62% to 10%.

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The 2011 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Prairies and Northwest Territories) is awarded to

Patricia D Mitchler, Kelvin High School (Winnipeg, MB), her creative abilities in teaching physics that leads to outstanding student performance. With an exceptional understanding of scientific pedagogy, Patricia has created a climate of learning in the classroom that produces student excellence. Putting as much effort into broad classroom instruction as well as personal mentoring, her students continually place in the provincial top ten in the CAP physics high school prize exam year after year. She is a truly gifted educator, and we are most happy to honour her achievements.

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The 2010 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Prairies and Northwest Territories) is awarded to

Barry Edgar, Strathcona High School (Edmonton, AB), for his passionate, childlike excitement about communicating physics to students and his breadth of knowledge about the relevance of physics and its impact on society. His many accomplishments include the development of the Physics curriculum in the Advanced Placement program, producing distance education modules, appearing on educational television to teach science, writer of science textbooks, his leadership in the Fluid Power Challenge and Edmonton Science Olympics, his invited presentations at the Alberta Teacher's Association conferences, his mentoring of beginning physics teachers, and his ability to mesmerize students about physics. He is able to coordinate several different classroom learning styles simultaneously, letting as many as 120 students per day choose their own personal style of learning and then ensuring that they accomplish the goals within their chosen style. That so many students return to his school to let him know how he inspired them is a fitting testimony to one of Canada's outstanding physics teachers.

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