MSS math teacher to receive ‘exceptional teaching’ award

MANITOULIN—Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) math and sciences teacher Heather Theijsmeijer has been named the recipient of the Ontario Association of Mathematics Education (OAME) Award for Exceptional and Creative Teaching in Secondary Mathematics for 2015.

“This award recognizes an exceptional and creative secondary teacher who demonstrates excellence in mathematics education and contributes to the overall development of students,” explains the letter to Ms. Theijsmeijer from the OAME. “The letter of support for your nomination provided a comprehensive picture of your exceptional and creative teaching and your contribution to mathematics education and creative teaching and your contribution to mathematics education.”

“I was thrilled to hear that I won the award,” said Ms. Theijsmeijer. “It’s quite an honour to be recognized at a provincial level. I’m looking forward to representing the Rainbow District School Board at the award ceremony in May.”

MSS principal Laurie Zahnow was part of the nomination process, writing a letter of support for Ms. Theijsmeijer’s nomination.

“Heather is an inspirational educator,” Ms. Zahnow told The Expositor. “Her passion for learning is very contagious. Her need to put students first and her drive is what makes her such an exceptional and creative teacher. She is very deserving of this award and we are all very proud of her. We are lucky to have her.”

Ms. Theijsmeijer is to be presented with her award at the annual OAME Conference at Humber College on May 8.