2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients
The Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship Program recognizes and supports excellence in teacher education. This is done through the awarding of annual scholarships to assist in the education of future teachers.
14th recipient of the Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship for Excellence in Teacher Education
The 2016-2017 recipient, Krista Bradshaw from Peterborough, is a teacher candidate in the concurrent education program at Queen’s University.
Known to be conscientious and inspirational with a passion for rock-climbing, she is trained in SafeTALK suicide alertness and knows how to have conversations about career paths and mental health. One student who was considering dropping out of university said that Krista gave her a renewed confidence to continue her studies.
She enjoyed her placement in a Grade 2 classroom where she incorporated experiential learning into her lessons to cater to the students’ individual needs and interests.
Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship - Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate level
The 2016-2017 recipient, Maria Sinclair from London is a teacher candidate in the consecutive education program at Western University
Forward-thinking. Dependable. Resourceful. A patient woman with a good heart. This is how Maria Sinclair is described by people who know her. She’s also seen as knowing how to use what she learns in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations.
This has served her well during her practicum in a Grade 4/5 classroom where she brought in First Nations artifacts for students as part of a First Nations inquiry lesson.
Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship - Intermediate/Senior level
The 2016-2017 recipient, Patrick Vaillancourt from Cache Bay near North Bay, is a teacher candidate in the consecutive education program at Laurentian University.
A committed Franco Ontarian, he is a member of LINO (Ligue des improvisateurs du nord de l’Ontario), an improvisation group, and trainer for the French Catholic high school improvisation team. In addition, the regional schools often seek out his artistic talents, especially in the area of the performing arts.
He is known to be a pleasant and respectful person with a positive attitude, and is also said to be so popular with students that they never want to miss a class.
Congratulations to these impressive, dedicated and enthusiastic future teachers.