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EMSB TEACHERS SHORTLISTED FOR GOVERNOR GENERALíS AWARD

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MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 ĖMichael Sweet, a teacher at Options I Alternative High School in Ville …mard, has been shortlisted, along with his former student teacher Raymond Tomasino, for a 2011 Governor Generalís Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. The list, released this summer, shortlists 22 teachers from across Canada from which six will be chosen this fall for the prestigious Governor Generalís Medal and a cash prize.

Sweet and Tomasino were chosen for their project titled We Who Listened, a book written by nearly 100 high school students which details their personal reactions to a Holocaust Survivor Alex Levinís post-war journey to Canada.† The project grew out of a partnership with the Azrieli Foundation and their free-to-teachers resources, most notably their award-winning Holocaust memoir series of books.

ďIt is an honour that our program and books was the spark for this creative and thought-provoking projectĒ said Naomi Azrieli, executive director of the Azrieli Foundation.

The book, We Who Listened, produced by the teaching duo in 2010 was published by the Learning for a Cause Student Press which was founded by Sweet in 2005. It sells worldwide via most online booksellers.

Student author Catherine Rea says, ďStories like Levinís give deeper meaning to our society today and how it came about.Ē

Michael Sweet was also chosen for a 2009 Prime Ministerís Award for teaching and was inducted into the Teacherís Wall of Fame at the Teacherís Hall of Fame in the USA. Raymond Tomasino is now a graduate of the McGill B.Ed. program and teachers at John Paul I High School.

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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
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca