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EMSB TO RECOGNIZE OUTSTANDING TEACHERS

MONTREAL, APRIL 24, 2017-   On the eve of National Teachers’ Day, which falls on May 2, the English Montreal School Board will recognize three teachers with special awards from P.F. Chang’s and La Cage Brasserie Sportive. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 26 (10:30 am) at Roslyn Elementary School (4699 Westmount) and is co-sponsored by City’s Breakfast Television.

The EMSB received many nominations for the awards, which fall into three categories: youth sector, adult sector and physical education and health. Tyffany Coryn, the hospitality manager at PF Chang’s Montreal, will present $100 gift cards to Roslyn Grade 1 teacher Nancy Latulippe, John F. Kennnedy Adult Education Centre in St. Michel English teacher Stuart Chappell and a $100 gift card to La Cage to Hampstead Elementary School Physical Education and Health teacher Michael Creamer.  

Nancy Latulippe

Nancy Latulippe has been a Grade 1 teacher at Roslyn Elementary School for the past seven years. She also teaches at the   Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to students who aspire to become French as a Second Language teachers.

“Nancy is an exceptional teacher,” says Roslyn Principal Nicholas Katalifos. “She is extremely professional and dedicated to her students.  She is an expert when it comes to different learning styles, classroom management and constantly keeps the kids learning through a wide variety of techniques.  I consider her a leader on staff. She has worked on staff council, governing board and as the teacher union representative.”

Ms. Latulippe says that what she loves the most about teaching is seeing the sparkle of understanding in her students’ eyes. “To witness their progression, their evolution and to see how far they've come and how hard they've worked to get that understanding - that sparkle is priceless,” she says.

Ms. Latulippe says that one of the things she is very proud of is to be able to welcome student teachers every year, students that become colleagues a few years later and who don't hesitate to come back and ask for help when they get their first contracts. “I am proud to have earned their trust and to have become a resource for them,” she says.  “Starting to teach is not easy, and to be a mentor to new colleagues is something I hope I never lose on the way.”

Michael Creamer

Hampstead Elementary School Physical Education and Health teacher Michael Creamer has been on staff at the EMSB for nine years. He spent his first five years at LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent and joined Hampstead four years ago. “I love being able to teach and introduce students to new skills and activities, hopefully helping them to find a passion for something that they can enjoy for a lifetime,” he said.

Mr. Creamer says he is most proud of the implementation of a new Outdoor Education program at Hampstead, where students have the opportunity participate in activities such as hiking, orienteering, canoeing, snowshoeing, archery etc.   He is also pleased that the amount of student organized activity time has increased from 90 minutes per week from when he started to the present 150 minutes.

Principal David Lee says: “Michael Creamer continues to be a driving force behind our school’s commitment to experiential education and he has led the physical education program from a one star award last year to a three-star award this year from Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada).

Stuart Chappell

Stuart Chappell has been teaching English Language Arts (ELA) and Basic English Literacy at the John F. Kennedy Adult Education Centre in St. Michel at the EMSB for the past two and a half years. A native of London, England, he began teaching there in 2002, before moving on to Hiroshima, Japan and then Montreal in 2011.

The ages of Mr. Chappell’s students change, depending on whether he is teaching ELA or Basic English. Students in ELA can be as young as 16, but the average age is around 19, while in Basic students range in age from 18 to 70.

“I feel extremely blessed to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, who are doing the best they can to improve their life circumstances,” said Mr. Chappell. “Returning to school is a daunting proposition for most people, so I have the utmost respect for the efforts they make. At the end of the day, my job is to instill confidence and belief in the minds of my students and give them the language, study, and life skills they will need to prosper throughout their life, especially in Canada.”



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca