2022 High School / CEGEP Teaching Award Winners

The CAP and its award partners - Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, TRIUMF, and the Institute of Particle Physics - are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 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 recipients.
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The 2022 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (British Columbia and Yukon) is awarded to

Mr. Edward Csuka, Coquitlam School District, in recognition of his passionate teaching of physics, in addition to his leadership of the Power of Ideas Exhibit and his dedication in seeking funding to launch and support a new STEAM program. Edward also provides extra-curricular opportunities for learners to develop their ideas and passions in the sciences through a robotics club, science fairs, and an innovation society, where students develop their ideas into designs and 3D-printed objects.

"I am honoured to advocate, communicate, and celebrate physics alongside the Canadian Association of Physicists and grateful to Perimeter Institute, administrators, colleagues, students, parents, and John Mohr for their letters of support. This couldn’t have happened without my loving family, exceptional friends and especially my brilliant spouse, Jennifer. Thank you!"

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The 2022 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Prairies and Northwest Territories) is awarded to

Mr. Christopher Sarkonak, Brandon School Division, in recognition of his passion and dedication in teaching physics, particularly his ungrading policies, inclusive classroom, and commitment to sharing strategies to assist other physics teachers. Christopher’s student-centered, equity-based approaches in the classroom have led naturally into his support and celebration of women through an annual STEM for Girls event. Notably, he has also twice received the Ceremonial Star Blanket, awarded annually within his school to a teacher who has supported Indigenous learners’ successes as selected by a committee of graduating Indigenous students.

"Being presented with this award is one of the greatest honours of my career! I am fortunate to be able to teach a subject that I truly love and there are many days that I can't even believe that this is what I get to do for a living. Knowing that it's impacted my students and colleagues to the point of nominating me for this award is incredibly humbling."

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

Mr. 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 .

"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."

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The 2022 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Atlantic) is awarded to

Mrs. April Butler, West Kings District High School, in recognition of her passion and dedication in teaching physics, evidenced through her students-first approach and wide-ranging involvement in school life and professional development. April’s enthusiasm for physics permeates her classroom practice. Beyond the classroom, she has supported students’ engagement in events such as the brain wars, theme park physics, Lego robotics, science fairs, and physics olympics. Additionally, she shares her professional expertise by mentoring trainee teachers and has been involved in the development of provincial curricula and examinations.

"I feel incredibly honoured to be recognized by such a prestigious organization as the Canadian Association of Physicists. The nomination led me to reflect on the incredible experiences and opportunities that I have had in physics, both through teaching and learning. A heartfelt thank you to those who have contributed and inspired me!"

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The 2022 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Quebec and Nunavut) is awarded to

Dr. Hélène Nadeau, Dawson College, in recognition of her dedication to teaching physics and the development of students’ experimental and research skills. Hélène has developed unique cégep courses combining neuroscience and the physics of brain imaging techniques. In addition to supervising and encouraging students in a variety of research projects, she also supports them in extra-curricular competitions, such as “Science, on tourne!”, PontPop, and Concours Génie Civilisé. Teaching interdisciplinary content with a collaborative, problem-solving approach, Hélène sets students up for success in pursuing careers in the sciences .

"While our efforts to build innovative teaching practices are often met with skepticism and unexpected hurdles, we have remained driven by our passion to provide holistic learning environments. Receiving this award is incredibly energizing, and shines a deserved light on the brilliant projects our students are leading."

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