More than an apple for Ontario's top teachers

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Ontario's top teachers will receive high honours
today as part of an early celebration of World Teachers' Day. The province's
best classroom educators will be lauded by their peers at the annual OTIP
Teaching Awards ceremony in Toronto.
    The Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) sponsors the awards, which are
administered by the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF).
    "Teachers plant the seeds of knowledge, cultivate a love of learning and
provide us with a bounty of good citizens, ready to take on the challenges of
the world," says Randy McGlynn, Chief Executive Officer of OTIP. "While we
thank them for that, this year's honourees consider it their privilege to
    "I love the morning when the children come in, always with smiles on
their faces, no matter what the day before was like," says Grade 2 teacher
Danielle Honour. "They inspire me all the time," Danielle Corsini tells us
from her Hamilton high school. "I get paid to learn. What a great life," adds
Toronto co-op teacher Martin Aller-Stead.
    The 2007 honourees are:

    -  Elementary teacher:  Danielle Honour
                            Grade 2 Teacher
                            Norseman Junior Middle School

    -  Secondary teacher:   Martin Aller-Stead
                            Senior Level/Cooperative Education Monarch Park

    -  Beginning teacher:   Danielle Corsini
                            Mathematics - Grades 9-11
                            St. Mary Catholic Secondary School

    World Teachers' Day is October 5, proclaimed more than ten years ago to
keep alive the recognition of the contribution of teachers to society.
"Whether they work in an open air school in a village in Kenya or in a
wired-for-tech building in Ottawa, teachers are the heart of the community,"
says OTF President Maureen Davis.
    "Through our awards, we recognize teachers who use innovative methods,
inspire and engage students, reflect the multi-ethnic heritage of Ontario, and
encourage the creative use of technology in the classroom," Davis says.
    A slate of teachers was nominated by students, parents and colleagues,
each entry with a unique story of how the nominee works to motivate and
challenge, gives selflessly of time and dedication, and puts students' needs
    For more information on the OTIP Teaching Awards, visit

    OTIP is a non-profit organization providing tailored insurance products
and services for Ontario's education employees and their families for over 30

    The Ontario Teachers' Federation is the advocate for the teaching
profession in Ontario and for its 155,000 teachers. OTF members are full-time,
part-time and occasional teachers in all the publicly funded schools in the
province - elementary, secondary, public, Catholic and francophone.

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For further information: Kathleen Devlin, Director, Policy & Public
Affairs, (416) 966-3424

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