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Year: 2002 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Alice Smith

School: Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School
145 Magnolia Drive
Hamilton, Ontario  L9C 5P4

Principal: Sharon Stephanian
School Telephone: 905-383-3337
School Fax: 905-574-6010
School Website: www.schoolsmarts.ca/macnab.htm
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 10-12, civics, entrepreneurial studies

Teaching Approach:

  • Teach one to love learning and you'll teach the world.
  • Foster within students a genuine and pervasive interest in lifelong learning.

Outstanding Achievements:

Guides and advises entrepreneurial studies students as they run their own corporations. The students manage all stages of business development, gaining skills and experience in teamwork, communications, planning, organization, production, accounting and the paperwork necessary to run a business. The course's final project is the preparation of a complete business plan. The Enterprise Olympics, which are held throughout the semester, give students opportunities to creatively exercise their growing entrepreneurial skills.

Encourages the development of civic awareness and pride through real-life simulations in civics course of federal elections, exhibits of the work of humanitarian organizations and the design, planning and presentation of the students' ideal government.

Single-handedly established a much-needed Spirit Squad to increase school pride and community relations. Without any experience in cheerleading, Smith attended workshops and then trained 25 co-ed members who support school teams and functions.

Founded and ran school newspaper at former school as an ongoing English project for the Grade 8 class to improve writing and communications skills. The Stirling Buzz kept parents and the community informed of school activities.

Rave Reviews:

"I am constantly reminded of the amazing strengths that Alice brings to the teaching profession, both inside and outside of the classroom." Principal

"Alice always places the interest and needs of her students and their family before she designs or sets up a class." Vice-principal