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WSD is full of amazing teachers who are true super heroes every day in
the classroom. here are several who won major awards in the 2016-2017
Marjorie White, Dufferin School—Manitoba Certificate of Teaching Excellence
Whether her students are dressing up as pirates, math ninjas or superheroes, there’s never a dull day in Ms. White’s class.
“My biggest competition is Disney…they’re doing something right when it
comes to keeping kids’ attention,” Ms. White said. “So I tend to be very
animated. I’ll dance, sing and rap, or we’ll dress up…I dare students
to fall asleep in my class.”
Following recesses and lunch, Ms. White uses calming music and dimmed
lights to set the stage for learning. Students are encouraged to be
super learners in the classroom and super citizens in their school and
community—such as offering a helping hand or showing kindness to
Using the Seven Teachings of honesty, truth, wisdom, love, humility,
courage and respect, Ms. White builds her students’ confidence and sets
high expectations in a caring learning environment. Whether students
come from war-torn countries or Winnipeg’s Inner City, they are all part
of Ms. White’s Justice League of Learning.
Jason Garton, Tyndall Park Community School—Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education
Amazingly, Mr. Garton is in just his fourth year of teaching; he has
worked in Inclusive Education classrooms for all of those years.
He is also a former high school dropout. Now, Mr. G is using his own
life experiences to support students with emotional and behavioural
challenges. He currently teaches in Tyndall Park’s Treatment Academic
Program and previously taught at Earl Grey School’s Learning Assistance
“These kids do more before 8 AM than most people do in a day…they can
really show you what resiliency is all about,” he said. “The biggest
thing is that your past doesn’t define you. And we always try to
separate the student from the behavior. The students are doing the best
they can in that moment. You have to look past the surface, but you also
have expectations of each student.”
Mr. Garton always strives to make his students part of the Tyndall Park
community, through leadership opportunities, service learning and simply
sharing kindness with others. Mr. G’s classroom is a safe, caring space
where students can feel a sense of belonging; he credits the
Educational Assistants and clinical staff in his classroom, as well as
Tyndall Park staff and students for creating a welcome environment for
“Belonging is a word that we hear so much about, but it is so crucial
for these kids. We have it in the classroom and we have it here at
Tyndall Park as a school. We have other teachers and students coming to
our classroom to hang out, and our students feel like they’re part of
He also thanks his administrators for allowing him to try out new strategies for his students.
“This year has been especially exceptional because the administration
team is so supportive and believes in the kids and what we are doing to
meet their needs,” Mr. Garton said. “Which allows us to take risks
without a fear of failing. My teaching esteem has grown exponentially.
They are truly awesome!”
Leah Benoit, Sheena Gordon and Ken Hunter, École River Heights
School—Manitoba Education Award for Outstanding Team Collaboration
Delivering phys. ed. and health education for approximately 500 Grade 7
and 8 students, Ms. Benoit, Ms. Gordon and Mr. Hunter have taken a
collaborative approach. The trio find creative ways to support student
learning and co-teach using each teacher’s professional strengths. Leah,
Sheena and Ken strongly believe in inclusion and seek to offer the best
curricular, intramural and extracurricular opportunities for all
students. By offering different levels of intensity and empowering
students to challenge themselves, these teachers are imparting life-long
fitness habits to their students.
Robert Schulz, Luxton School—Manitoba Council for Exceptional Children’s 2017 Teacher of the Year
The students in Mr. Schulz’s Learning Assistance Centre classroom are
not just a vital part of Luxton School, they are known throughout the
community. Whether they are cleaning graffiti off local businesses,
deliver compost to neighbouring homes or writing letters of appreciation
to Winnipeg Transit drivers, his students are encouraged to make a
“We have a relationship with just about every business and organization
in walking distance of this school, and I think that helps teach the
students how to build relationships as well,” Mr. Schulz said.
Working with his classroom team, Mr. Schulz uses flexible strategies and goals to meet the needs of his students.
“There’s a wide range of academic levels in this class, but our goal is
to support students’ learning wherever they may be,” Mr. Schulz said. “I
want this room to be a fresh start and a positive space for any student
who comes in here.”
That positive community attitude has extended through the entire school,
as Mr. Schulz has helped Luxton achieve status as a Manitoba Action
Level School for sustainable development.
“Luxton School is a gem in this community, and we have a wonderful blend
of staff here. We have these really experienced, superstar teachers and
then we have this up and coming generation of new teachers, and I guess
I’m somewhere in the middle. I talked with Ken (Luxton Principal Ken
Reimer) and said I would accept the nomination for the award on behalf
of the school. I don’t know if I am comfortable with being Teacher of
the Year, but I am comfortable with Luxton having the Teachers of the
– With files from Manitoba Education and WSD’s Inclusive Education Department