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North Hastings HS teacher honoured with provincial award

Congratulations to Colleen Drew-Baehre, a North Hastings High School teacher, who was one of only three Ontario recipients of an OTIP Teaching Award for 2010.

"To say that I was shocked would be an understatement! Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect something like this to happen to me," remarked Drew-Baehre after finding out about the award. "I enjoy what I do so much that it doesn’t seem fair to get an award for it. I have also had, and continue to have, a tremendous amount of support and encouragement from my colleagues. They deserve just as much credit."

Pictured above (L to R): Rian McLaughlin from Ontario Teachers’ Federation;
Colleen Drew-Baehre; and Randy McGlynn from Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan.
 

Drew-Baehre has developed innovative courses for students which help them to connect with the community and the environment. She shares her ideas, curriculum and time with students and other teachers. She regularly volunteers for numerous organizations such as the Stewardship Council, Fish and Wildlife Community Committee, and North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery. Her volunteering provides opportunities for students. Drew-Baehre demonstrates a personal commitment to lifelong learning and motivates students to do the same. She is a caring, cooperative and compassionate individual and her teaching is endearing.

"I can honestly say that for me, there is nothing more rewarding than teaching. I feel privileged and humbled to be a very small part of such an important and influential community," she said.

Drew-Baehre was presented with her award on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the 7th Annual OTIP Teaching Awards ceremony at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse in Toronto. She was accompanied by her family, and fellow teacher and nominator Leaf Worsley.

Pictured above (L to R): Nominator Leaf Worsley and OTIP Teaching Award recipient
Colleen Drew-Baehre, both teachers at North Hastings High School.
 

Award recipients will be featured in TVO vignettes. Drew-Baehre and students spent two days with a video crew in June during a trip to Fleming College School of Natural Resources in Lindsay and also doing a stream analysis just north of Bancroft.

Drew-Baehre was also a Great Place Award recipient in June 2010. Great Place Awards are the highest form of recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Those awards are presented annually at the June public Board meeting.

North Hastings High School (NHHS) is committed to success for all students. Together with community partners, the school provides programs that prepare students for transition to apprenticeship programs, college, university and the workplace. Many NHHS students have earned prestigious scholarships that recognize excellence in academics, extra-curricular and community involvement. NHHS offers unique 4-credit courses that are provincially recognized, including a Specialist High Skills Major in Forestry. Students in that program learn the principles of forestry, resource management and environmental studies, and acquire the skills, certifications, and knowledge to gain employment in forestry and resource-based careers or to pursue post-secondary programs in these areas. NHHS also offers numerous cooperative education opportunities, including the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). Each program promotes valuable hands-on work experiences for all levels of learners.

For more information on the OTIP Teaching Awards, visit www.teachingawards.ca.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca
Last updated: October 6, 2010 at 10:01 am