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Year: 2002 – Province: Newfoundland and Labrador

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Margo Connors

School: Holy Heart High School
55 Bonaventure Avenue
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador  A1C 3Z3

Principal: Robert Pittman
School Telephone: 709-754-1600
School Fax: 709-754-0855
School Website: www.hhm.k12.nf.ca
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 10-12, enterprise education, English

Teaching Approach:

  • Teaching is about learning, and learning is about growing for both a teacher and students.
  • Lead students, parents and community into borderless, seamless classroom that is enriching and rewarding for all.

Outstanding Achievements:

Spearheaded team that developed Program of Achievement in Community Enterprise (PACE), an extracurricular and crosscurricular award program that recognizes and fosters entrepreneurial skills among high school students. The PACE program is a place for "average" students to flourish and shine, and to develop communication skills, positive attitudes and behaviours, creativity and flexibility and a variety of other employability skills over their high school career. Connors gathered financial support from a bank, incorporated the program under Newfoundland law, created a volunteer board of directors to manage the corporation, and introduced the program to the student body.

Encourages the interaction of English as a second language (ESL) and other students through peer mentoring, Christmas celebrations, multicultural evenings highlighting the food and customs of ESL students (Chinese New Year, for example) and by creating a bureau of volunteer ESL teachers in the community. ESL students are motivated to participate in the life of the school, trying out for sports teams, musical and theatrical events, and joining the peer tutoring program.

Integrates learning with enterprise and innovation and takes the learning out of the classroom with a "Based on Books" film festival and book fair at the school.

Rave Reviews:

"Her integrity, her vision, her tireless multitasking, her professionalism and her compassion extend well beyond the classroom." Former colleague

"Ms. Connors is an initiator of ideas who can truly articulate her vision. As such she is an outstanding teacher who takes her students and their classroom far beyond the four walls." Colleague