Appleby College

Appleby College

June 09, 2008 16:03 ET

Appleby College Teacher's Achievements Recognized by the Prime Minister

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - Rob McGuiness, director of intercultural programs and earth sciences teacher, was recently honoured at Appleby College for receiving the prestigious 2007-2008 Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence. He was one of only 51 teachers across Canada to receive the award this year.

The Prime Minister's awards recognize elementary and secondary school teachers for their outstanding efforts in helping students excel and build a successful future.

Of the award, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says: "Every Canadian has a special memory of a teacher who helped or inspired them to realize their potential. This award honours the talented and caring teachers in this country whose contribution to the lives of individual Canadians, and to Canada as a whole, is truly priceless."

Award recipients are selected based on their innovative use of information and communications technology in the classroom; the excellence and innovation of their teaching practices; their ability to achieve outstanding results with students, to inspire them to learn and continue learning, and to equip them with the knowledge, attitudes and skills they will need to succeed in tomorrow's society and economy.

In his role at Appleby, McGuiness is credited with establishing international service projects as a graduation requirement for all students. Through these ventures, students testify to an increased understanding of the positive effect they can have on the lives of others, as well as an increased feeling of compassion and stewardship concerning the world as a whole.

A total of 67 awards (16 Certificates of Excellence and 51 Certificates of Achievement) were presented to educators across Canada. McGuiness received a certificate signed by the Prime Minister, and Appleby College will receive a cash award of $1,000 to be spent under his direction. The Prime Minister announced the names of the recipients at a special ceremony in Ottawa on May 15, 2008.

Note to media: For more information on the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence, please call 613-946-0651, e-mail or visit the web site at

To interview Rob McGuiness, Prime Minister's Award recipient, contact or 905-845-4681, ext. 245.

About Appleby College

Appleby College is an independent school for more than 740 young men and women in Grades 7 to 12. Founded in 1911, Appleby offers a university preparatory education to both boarding and day students. The curriculum offers an exceptionally diverse education that combines rigorous academics with dynamic arts, athletics and community service. For more information, visit

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Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence

Program Backgrounder

For many of us, at least one teacher stands out in our memories - someone who encouraged, enabled and inspired us to do our very best. Teachers play a tremendous role, not only in the academic achievement of students, but in the attitudes and abilities they carry with them beyond the classroom.

The Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence honour outstanding and innovative elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines who use information and communications technology (ICT) to better equip their students with the skills needed to meet the challenges of a 21st-century society and economy.

Award recipients are selected by education stakeholders from across Canada who participate in national and regional selection committees. These stakeholders select recipients based on their innovative use of ICTs in the classroom, the excellence and innovation of their teaching practices, and their ability to achieve outstanding results with students. The recipients have used these qualities to inspire students to learn and continue learning, and to equip them with the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to succeed.

For teachers, the stakeholders recognize nominees who have excelled in the following areas:

- integration of ICT in the classroom;

- innovative and exemplary teaching practices;

- student skills development;

- student interest and participation;

- student achievement and performance; and

- teacher commitment and leadership.

Teachers are eligible for two awards: the Certificate of Excellence and the Certificate of Achievement. All recipients receive a certificate and pin, along with a letter from the Prime Minister. Winning teachers' schools receive a cash award of either $5000 (Excellence) or $1000 (Achievement), which may be used under the teacher's direction for professional development or equipment, resource materials, web site development, teaching aids, or other tools to improve teaching and student learning. The recipient's school also receives a certificate recognizing its support of and contribution to the teacher's achievement. Up to 15 Certificates of Excellence and up to 50 Certificates of Achievement are provided per competition.

For more information about the program, please visit the Prime Minister's Awards web site at

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