A teacher from the region recently was recognized provincially for her exceptional presence in the classroom.
Danielle Winsor, a teacher at Dorset Collegiate in Pilley’s Island was awarded the Teacher of the Year award from Canadian Parents for French – Newfoundland and Labrador (CPF-NL).
According to a release from the organization, CPF-NL hands out the award to a teacher for exception achievement in French second language Education.
“Danielle surpassed the award criteria as she not only excelled in French second language in the classroom, but also played a very active role in her school and community,” said the organization.
Ms. Winsor is currently teaching French 7, French 8, French 9, French 1200, and French 2200 on a full-time basis.
“Ms. Danielle Winsor is one of the best, all-round, model teachers that I have ever had the pleasure of working with in my almost 23 years of teaching and administration” says Mark Warren, Dorset Collegiate Principal. He adds “She is an excellent teacher who strives for nothing less than her absolute best. She has done an absolutely phenomenal job in this specialist teacher role.”
The release from CPF-NL went on to say that within the classroom Danielle regularly implements differentiated instruction strategies and uses a large variety of resources that she has acquired from other teachers as well as through continued professional development. She creates new ideas for projects and final tasks to match student personalities so they don’t get bored and often stays behind after school to work with students who need extra help. All of this contributed to her being successful in winning the award.
On top of her teaching duties, Danielle has been involved in many school and community events such as member of Dorset Collegiate’s Education Week Committee, Christmas Concert Committee, volunteering for numerous fundraisers for the French students to ensure equal opportunity, as well as during the community of Triton Day Celebrations and at the Annual Community Birchy Bay Fall Fair.
For her dedication and hard work, Danielle received a one-week professional development course at the Francoforum in St. Pierre et Miquelon as well as a personalized plaque for all her efforts.
Canadian Parents for French, funded in part by the Department of Canadian Heritage, is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French Second Language learning opportunities for young Canadians.