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MONTREAL, MAY  7,  2015-   On the occasion of National Teachers’ Day on Thursday, May 7  (1:15 p.m.)  the English Montreal School Board will recognize two teachers  with a special awards from P.F. Chang`s China Bistro at a ceremony at Honoré-Mercier Elementary School (8280 Nantes) in St. Léonard.

Emile Haykal, operating partner for the P.F. Chang`s location on Rue des Jockeys near Decarie Boulevard and Jean Talon,  will  present Honoré-Mercier Kindergarten teacher Nancy  Omobono  and Rosemount Technology Centre (RTC) cabinet making instructor Eliane Kinsley with  $100 gift certificates to the popular restaurant, known across the globe for its Asian fusion cuisine.    

Nancy Omobono

A number of the school’s parents nominated Ms. Omobono for this honour in the English Montreal School Board newspaper called the EMSB Express.  At the school she is known as both Miss Nancy/Madame Nancy because she teaches English one day and French on the others. On alternate days she wears her hair in ponytails and is Mme Nancy so the kids always know who she is! “She knows how to engage young minds and bring out the best in all her students,” said the nomination from parents. “Nancy makes learning fun and everyone wants to be in her class! Whether they are making stone soup, learning their alphabet, writing stories, chasing leprechauns and gingerbread men, kindergarten is great with Ms/Mme Nancy. She is motivates the parents and staff   and her laughter and good spirits abound throughout the school.”

 Ms. Omobono has been teaching for 19 years, 18 of those at the Kindergarten level and at Honoré-Mercier.  “I love what I do!” she says.  “Being in the classroom is my calling and I am lucky to be surrounded by children all day long.  I love to sing and dance and colour and paint and read to my students.  I love those light bulb moments when a child recognizes a letter or has the solution to how to catch a leprechaun and get all his gold.   I love transforming the carpet into a "Broadway stage" and act out the stories we read.  I also love when we discuss other topics like  ;who took the cookie from the cookie jar’ or  ‘why, Goldie, the goldfish died.’  I love listening to them giggle and argue and solve their problems in the play  centres.  I am blessed and grateful every single day.  Once you are surrounded by all this, nothing in life will ever be viewed quite the same way again.”

Eliane Kinsley

Ms. Kinsley was recently integrally involved with a project of building two kitchens for Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that helps house low-income families. Students were involved in every step of production, from on-site measurements to the final tweak of a screw to adjust the cabinet doors.  Six months ago many of them had never used power tools. RTC Cabinetmaking began the collaboration with Habitat in 2013 with the construction of two kitchens for a duplex in the east end of Montreal.   The project was a success with students and “we would love to make it a tradition – it’s a great example of collaboration between community, education, and industry,” says Ms. Kinsley, who initiated the project.
Ms. Kinsley has been teaching cabinetmaking at RTC  for 15 years. “Teaching cabinetmaking is very technical, and very human,” she explains.  “I love it that I learn new things all the time, and that I can use what I learn to help other people. In both the craft of cabinetmaking and the craft of teaching, I love the variety of skills required, the interplay of experience and ingenuity. I like figuring things out – how to work a new machine, how to make what I know intelligible and memorable to others. I'm lucky to work with people who are keen to learn, and to have lots of freedom to pick the projects and methods to help them learn.”

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213