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Year: 1997 – Province: British Columbia

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

John Klassen

Among his peers at West Vancouver Secondary School in West Vancouver, John Klassen is considered to have been a major force in bringing about much-needed change to the school's mathematics program. This includes a 20 per cent increase in participation in Math 12 between 1991 and 1997, and a steadily decreasing rate of failing grades. Among other things, Mr. Klassen designed and introduced a highly successful remedial learning program for incoming Math 10 and Math 11 students who have previously had difficulty in math courses. With typical determination, he also has been a leader in the use of graphical calculators in mathematics departments, an effort finally rewarded by British Columbia's decision to integrate this technology into new senior-level curriculum beginning in September 1998.