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Year: 2002 – Province: Nunavut

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Bill Cooper

School: Jonah Amitnaaq High School

Baker Lake, Nunavut  X0C 0A0

Principal: Gerald Kelly
School Telephone: 867-793-2842
School Fax: 867-793-2029
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 9-12, career planning, science, biology, chemistry

Teaching Approach:

  • Make teaching a personal extension of your life.
  • Share your enthusiasm for learning and concern for students.

Outstanding Achievements:

Developed and guides culturally relevant science projects:

  • a comparison of the properties of lake ice and sea ice
  • a comparison of the effectiveness of Inuit snow goggles and polaroid sunglasses
  • Tuktu (Caribou) and the Inuit
  • the Human Dog Team: sled design and load distribution
  • Stark Raven Mad About Science: a humourous public science show.

Spearheaded a regional group of science teachers to research science fairs and students' perception. The study found that a large majority of students

  • thought that project development and science fair participation taught them more about the methods of science
  • were proud of their project and had fun working on it
  • learned to work independently and in groups, to organize their time and to ask for help while working on their project.

Instigated several science-related extracurricular activities at school:

  • houseleagues get more students involved in sports, games and science Olympic challenges at lunchtime and after school
  • Science Olympic Program promotes the development of knowledge, skills and positive attitudes, encourages participation in science fairs and science-based events
  • Science Culture Camp integrates traditional Inuit knowledge with Western science to examine subjects such as caribou, weather, environmental monitoring and the land.

Rave Reviews:

"He is quite simply Mr. Science." Board representative

"He has an infectious spirit that inspires students and teachers alike to strive for personal excellence." Fellow teacher

"Bill Cooper knew that high school is just a beginning for students to learn, and that if we just push ourselves a little more each day we could achieve our goals." Former student