Toronto Elementary Teacher Wins ETFO's New Teacher of the Year Award

    TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) has presented Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT) member Ricardo
Rodriguez with the New Teacher of the Year Award.
    The award recognizes a teacher in the first five years of teaching who
has demonstrated exemplary teaching practices, who has been involved with the
federation, and who personifies the goals and objectives of ETFO.
    As a special education teacher, Ricardo includes equity issues in the
carefully structured lessons that are tailored to each student. He encourages
students to look beyond themselves, to be empathetic, and to understand their
society and environment. As one example of his innovative teaching practices,
he turned a math lesson about probability and statistics into an exploration
of systemic racism, racial profiling, and police brutality.
    Ricardo also creates and facilitates anti-homophobia and anti-racism
workshops for teachers and students. Participants receive practical solutions
to dealing with homophobia and racism inside and outside the classroom so they
can inform and educate others about the issues.
    In his role as guidance counsellor, Ricardo has shown great compassion
for his students and a true desire to help them with their academic and
personal challenges.
    In addition to his teaching duties, Ricardo demonstrates his commitment
to unionism by serving as Alternate Union Stewart. He regularly attends union
meetings and shares the information with his colleagues. During recent
contract negotiations, he spoke with teachers during lunch periods to help
them understand the key issues. He is also able to liaise easily with school
administration to ensure that staff issues are heard and addressed.
    "Ricardo's commitment to his students and his colleagues and his passion
for social justice issues make him the ideal teacher to receive this year's
New Teacher Award," said ETFO President David Clegg.

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 73,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Larry Skory, (416) 948-0195 (cell),; Johanna Brand, (416) 948-2554 (cell),; Mary
Morison, (416) 948-3406 (cell),; August 17-20, ETFO Media
Centre, Sheraton Hall B, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Phone: (416) 945-6296,
Fax: (416) 948-6298

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