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Congratulations to teacher Andrew Dickson, Quinte SS

Pictured L to R: Teacher Celine Murdoch, Principal Lisa Vincent, Andrew Dickson and Superintendent Rob McGall.

Congratulations to Andrew Dickson, Quinte Secondary School teacher, who was presented with an Associate Teacher of the Year Award from Queen’s University. He was one of only six recipients.

Queen’s University, Faculty of Education, has long acknowledged the vital role of practice teaching in the development of new teachers. The practicum is successful because of the dedication and commitment of over 1,500 teachers.

Teacher candidates at the Faculty of Education benefit from the assistance with lesson planning, from the reflective analysis of teaching, and from guidance on classroom management. Associate teachers, as exemplary role models, set standards of excellence for teacher candidates.

Mr. Dickson has been an associate teacher for more than seven years. According to one of the nominations, "One of my favourite Andrew quotes is I have never had a teacher candidate that I didn’t learn as much from, as they did from me." Others who know him say that comment truly summarizes his approach. He works with teacher candidates, keeps an open-mind, is a wealth of knowledge, and is willing to learn!

Nominations for Associate Teacher of the Year can be made by principals, teacher candidates, the Practicum Office, associate teachers or faculty members. The nomination for Mr. Dickson came from a Queen’s University staff member, faculty liaison, Wayne Goodyer.

Mr. Dickson received his award at a special luncheon hosted by Queen’s University and attended by Quinte Secondary School colleagues, administration, school board administration, and his family.

Posted June 10, 2009

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