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2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients

Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship for Excellence in Teacher Education

Jennifer Cook has worked with some of her community’s most marginalized children and youth as an outreach teacher at the Ottawa School of Art. This work has taught Cook patience, empathy and the importance of providing an inspiring, supportive and encouraging learning environment.

Cook is the 11th recipient of the Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship for Excellence in Teacher Education. She is a teacher candidate in the consecutive education program at Queen’s University and will complete her B.Ed in June 2014.

“An effective teacher values each and every one of her students,” says Cook. “A teacher sets a precedent for respect based on the classroom environment they create and through their interaction with students, colleagues, parents and the public.”

Cook has received numerous awards and distinctions throughout her academic career at the University of Ottawa, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, in recognition for her commitment to art and her passion for learning, culture and education.

Cook was awarded a project grant from the Canadian Millennium Foundation to facilitate an art outreach project called “Art for Everyone”, which offered barrier-free art programs to some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable and at risk children and youth.

Her work with Operation Come Home again provided her with the opportunity to work with homeless youth, aged 16 to 30 in their struggles with substance abuse, pregnancy, mental illness, and educational and employment barriers.

She has also worked with Family Services Ottawa to coordinate a drop-in studio for artists living with mental illness, which gave her insight into the complexities of mental illness.

Cook will build on her experience in the classroom as tutor and monitor for a multiple exceptionalities class with the Durham District School Board.

The Ontario College of Teachers awards the Atkinson scholarship annually in honour of the College’s second registrar. Teacher candidates must study at a faculty of education in Ontario and achieve outstanding academic success in their undergraduate studies while demonstrating a high level of preparedness for teacher education.

Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship – Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate

Shyla Pogany always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Along with her outstanding academic achievements, Pogany has more than demonstrated her commitment to children, their interests and their potential through her volunteerism and community service.

Pogany is the inaugural recipient of the Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship awarded to someone in the primary/junior or junior/intermediate level. She is a teacher candidate in the consecutive education program at Queen’s University and will complete her B.Ed in June 2014.

“I strive to be that dependable, trustworthy mentor in their lives,” explains Pogany. “In my future classroom, I intend to create a learning atmosphere in which children appreciate and celebrate one another’s uniqueness and individuality. I will promote an atmosphere of acceptance and respect of each child’s cultural, personal and religious values.”

Pogany currently runs a successful drop-in program for high-risk youth aged 6 to 17 at the Wally Elmer Youth Centre in Kingston. She is passionate and excited about her work, helping with homework, planning and playing active games, promoting healthy living and working hard to improve their self-esteem and their ability to grow healthy relationships with their peers.

In her years of experience as a camp counsellor, Pogany was responsible for developing, organizing and implementing detailed programs for activities and sports for groups of 10 to 35 children, ages 6 to 12. This is where she learned the importance of preparedness and organization, skills which strengthened her ability to run the successful drop-in program she is currently responsible for.

The Ontario College of Teachers awards the Ontario College of Teachers Scholarships annually to recognize individuals with a deep desire to teach. Teacher candidates must study at a faculty of education in Ontario and achieve outstanding academic success in their undergraduate studies while demonstrating a high level of preparedness for teacher education.

Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship – Intermediate/Senior

Emma Dunn began to seriously pursue her goal of becoming a teacher at age 13 when she volunteered as a teachers’ assistant with Moving Art, a company offering drama and dance workshops in elementary schools throughout Simcoe County.

“I learned that in order to have integrity, we must continually challenge ourselves,” says Dunn. “We must also respect our students by treating them as individuals capable of critical thinking and deserving of rich material.”

Dunn is the inaugural recipient of the Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship awarded to someone in the intermediate/senior level. She is a teacher candidate in the concurrent education program at Brock University and will complete her B.Ed in June 2014.

She has an impressive academic record and an equally impressive record of community service that demonstrates her commitment to children and the community at large.

She excelled academically at Brock University and continued her volunteer work at elementary schools as a “Go Girls” mentor through Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Niagara and volunteered at Anna’s Daycare Centre. She was inspired to volunteer in Kenya with the Free the Children where she helped to build accommodation for local high school teachers.

Dunn currently works as a campus experience coordinator with Brock’s Recruitment and Liaison Services and loves guiding grade 12 students and their families through the process of choosing an institution and program for their post-secondary education. 

The Ontario College of Teachers awards the Ontario College of Teachers Scholarships annually to recognize individuals with a deep desire to teach. Teacher candidates must study at a faculty of education in Ontario and achieve outstanding academic success in their undergraduate studies while demonstrating a high level of preparedness for teacher education.


Shyla Pogany, Jennifer Cook, Emma Dunn

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