Archived—Christopher Paul Gorczynski

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Year: 2003 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

School: Hillcrest Community Public School
44 Hilton Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5R 3E6

Principal: John Hunter
School Telephone: 416-393-9700
School Fax: 416-393-1987
School Email: hillcrest@tdsb.on.ca
School Website: http://schools.tdsb.on.ca/hillcrest
Teacher Email: chris.gorczynski@tel.tdsb.on.ca
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grade 6/language, math, social studies, science, drama, visual arts, information technology

Teaching Approach:

Demonstrates how modern technology can be utilized broadly across the curriculum, while adhering to the Ministry of Ontario curriculum standards.

Outstanding Achievements:

Mr. Gorczynski develops and implements creative and innovative cross-curriculum activities year after year. The most notable one would be the integrated unit in technology, language, drama and visual arts, on Modern Motion Pictures with his 2002-03 grade six class. Students produced, filmed and edited a feature motion picture of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. After several months of post-production (editing, sound, special effects), the movie was screened for students, parents and members of the community. His students' work is celebrated throughout the school board and is used as a model for innovative cross-curricular development.

He also spearheaded a lunch-time music club integrating music, performing arts and technology.

Mr. Gorczynski manages the design and implementation of the school's email system, leads professional development workshops on technology and software, and is responsible for the design and maintenance of the school's website.

He volunteers as an associate scientist for the Canadian Space Agency. An experiment he had been working on was carried by the Space Shuttle Columbia. He is a contributing author of articles published in a scientific journal as part of his ongoing work with NASA and the CSA.

In Praise Of:

"This unique melding of personal and professional qualities has enabled Mr. Gorczynski to lead his colleagues and students into a favourable involvement with technology." - Superintendent of Education, Toronto District School Board

"Mr. Gorczynski went way beyond what was required as a Grade 6 teacher, putting an extraordinary effort into creating a particularly stimulating learning environment for the students." - Parent