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Year: 2006 – Province: Ontario
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
School: Milliken Mills High School
7522 Kennedy Road
Principal: Kadri Mereweather
School Telephone: 905-477-0072
School Fax: 905-477-6858
School Website: www.mmhs.ca
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grade 9-12, English, Geography, History, Physical Education, Personal Life Management, Health
- Clearly communicates expectations to students, engendering respect in the learning environment by his treatment of students
- Emphasizes character and citizenship in students
- Creates transformational experiences for students to encourage critical thinking and responsible action - believes stronger students build stronger communities
- Encourages flexibility and adaptability
- Mr. Williams conceived and implemented the T.E.A.M. (Teaching Esteem and Academics at Milliken) alternative education program to meet the diverse educational needs of students unable to make the transition to high school successfully. The program combines core academic subjects at the essential level, workplace and applied levels with outdoor education, and community partnership with the town of Markham, Ontario Streams, Home Depot, L'Arche Daybreak and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. The program uses a project-based approach to address difficult social, emotional and academic issues faced by students.
- Projects undertaken encourage an enhanced understanding of who they are and empower the students to act on opportunities open to them in the real world. In the 12 year history of the program, T.E.A.M. has gained a solid reputation with stakeholders as a bonafide transition program for at-risk youth from the local community. Success for graduates has come in the form of apprenticeships, jobs, and post-secondary education.
- Mr. Williams continues to challenge himself professional. He is currently writing his thesis dissertation for his Masters of Education and sits as Co-Chair of the Alternative Education Heads group in the York Region District School Board. He is often asked by other schools and school boards to present the T.E.A.M. model and has been invited to speak to the graduating class at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
"Chris Williams has developed and implemented a truly life saving program that is often considered a "last chance" for many students because the students have given up on themselves. Chris Williams has demonstrated a commitment to student success and community partnerships and through his innovative teaching practices has provided exemplary opportunities for students to experience academic and personal success." - Nominator
"The incredible thing about these partners is that they have stayed with the program since its inception despite the challenges many of the students provide. I think this is a real testament to what they see as Mr. Williams' energy, commitment and care for his student." - Principal, Milliken Mills High School