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Year: 2001 – Province: Alberta

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Clarice Gilbert

School: Hazel Cameron Elementary School
Box 300
Vulcan, Alberta  T0L 2B0

Principal: Karen Forestell
School Telephone: 403-485-2074
School Fax: 403-485-6352
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grade 4, language arts, social studies, science, math, health, music, art, technology

Teaching Approach:

  • Make learning as successful and exciting as possible for special needs students.
  • The world is a classroom. Be on the lookout for new learning experiences.

Outstanding Achievements:

Creates a bright, cheerful, friendly place for all students to learn, regardless of their ability. There are many special needs students in Ms. Gilbert's class and she ensures that each has the fullest learning experience possible. Teacher's aids, para-professionals, parents, therapists and child welfare workers are all welcome as part of the educational team.

Occupational therapy and physical therapy activities designed for special need students are integrated into the daily lessons of all children: for example, finger stretching exercises designed to assist low muscle tone students, which become preparation for spelling tests, clapping to rhythm and substituting five-letter spelling words into BINGO song.

Ms. Gilbert uses manipulatives, drawings, teach me, teach you situations, musical adaptations and a variety of other teaching strategies to maximize students' comprehension of subjects, especially mathematics.

Stresses responsibility, good manners and respect with a kind firm manner and clearly stated consequences.

Students consistently meet or exceed expectations on provincial achievement tests.

Rave Reviews:

Quite simply, her mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of her students – and she does. Associate Superintendent

Every year, Clarice accepts the call to have a student teacher in her class. With all there is to accomplish in a year, taking the time to show her talents to another potential teacher is a gift she gives to other students that will never have the opportunity to meet her. Parent