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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 (Ontario) is awarded to

Ashley McCarl-Palmer, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, to recognize her passion and dedication to teaching physics, her innovative teaching methods, and her commitment to collaboration and sharing with other teachers.

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The 2020 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario) is awarded to

Shawn Brooks, University of Toronto Schools (UTS), for advancing the technical capacity for physics education within his school and well beyond, employing a wide range of demonstrations that provide hands on lessons for students. He has had a long record of service to physics education in Ontario including his time as past president, treasurer, and contest director of the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers (OAPT).

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The 2019 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario) is awarded to

Sarah Torrie, Victoria Park CI, for her outstanding efforts in raising the bar for student participation in physics contests, her track record for student participation in physics activities outside of the classroom, and her demonstrable results in increasing participation of female students in physics.

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

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

Lisa Cole (Lim-Cole), Durham District School Board, 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.

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The 2016 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario) is awarded to

Christopher Meyer, York Mills Collegiate Institute, for his outstanding work in reforming the high school physics curriculum in a manner that has produced demonstrable improvement of student performance over a sustained period.

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The 2015 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario) is awarded to

James Ball, J.F. Ross CVI, his mastery at recognizing how individual students learn best. From having students use hand-held whiteboards to draft their ideas and solutions to problems, to using YouTube videos to show physics in the real world, to his leadership in the OAPT, to his mentoring of students in the Sir Isaac Newton OAPT prize exams, to his work in charitable activities, he has shown himself to be an exceptional physics teacher both in and out of the classroom.

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

Diana Hall, Do Science Tanzania, for her excellent outreach work in physics, both within Canada and abroad with the Do Science Tanzania program she initiated..

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The 2013 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario) is awarded to

Dave Doucette, Richmond Hill High School, for his tireless promotion of Physics Education Research, whose efforts have transformed the practices of teachers across Ontario. Dave is not just a great physics teacher - he is a great teacher of physics teachers. He has given hundreds of workshops and he has provided countless hours of individual mentoring. He has led the resurgence of the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers - doubling conference numbers and developing a summer camp for teachers. His enthusiasm is inspirational, his knowledge profound and his generosity greatly appreciated.

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The 2012 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario) is awarded to

Olga Michalopoulos, Georgetown District High School, for her creative approaches in engaging all students in the study of science in general and physics in particular. Her dynamism motivates all students to become involved in science well beyond the classroom, be it in solar car competitions, Grade 11 and Grade 12 physics contests, or a pilot project with the Canadian Space Agency that allowed students to engage via video conference with the Canadian Space Agency to learn about the physics and engineering of space flight. Olga is always at the creative edge of pedagogy, and is a genuine motivator of students in physics.

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The 2011 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario) is awarded to

Glenn Wagner, Centre Wellington DHS (Centre Wellington, ON), his skill at using differentiated teaching methods to significantly improve student performance. Glenn has established himself as a teacher that draws students into physics. A master at differentiated instruction, Glenn incorporates a broad range of teaching strategies such as peer instruction, interdependent group work, concept mapping, and problem-based learning methods in his classroom. With a track record of turning poor student performance into strong student accomplishment, Glenn has also the author of several research papers on Physics teaching. Well done, Glenn!.

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The 2010 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario) is awarded to

Roberta Tevlin, Danforth Collegiate & Technical Institute (Toronto, ON), for her work as a pioneer in innovative teaching methods in physics that have influenced not only the students she interacts with year after year, but also many physics teachers in the Ontario region and beyond. For students she will provide "hands-on" learning experiences in physics that include devising ways of getting an LP record to move down a corridor at maximal speed and modelling a quantum eraser. For teachers she has given numerous presentations at workshops that have encouraged them to move from a passive teacher-centred approach to an active student-centred one. She has shown outstanding leadership in organizing science fairs, mentoring teachers, running physics camps, speaking at teacher workshops, and writing journal articles about physics teaching. Her tireless energy and innovative pedagogical approach to physics teaching make her a worthy recipient of the CAP High School/CEGEP Physics Teacher Award.

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