AQ Instructors Award of Excellence announcement

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Congratulations to Peter Bates and Robyn Turgeon, winners of the Additional Qualification Teaching Award for Excellence for the fall/winter 2011 sessions.

Ranked as a leader in online education, Western’s Continuing Teacher Education program offers over 150 courses for teachers wishing to expand their skills and professional development. Approximately 4000 students participate in the five sessions over the course of the academic year. The Award for Excellence was established in 2007 to recognise instructors such as Peter and Robyn, who contribute so much to the success of this program. Specifically, students are invited to nominate an instructor who, in their opinion, has provided an outstanding classroom experience, either online or onsite. With 26 extremely deserving nominations for this summer’s session, the award committee faced a difficult task.

Peter BatesPeter Bates is relatively new to teaching AQ courses. A teacher with the Thames Valley District school Board, he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies through the University of Windsor. Peter teaches the AQ Visual Arts course; his students describe him as “an exceptional instructor,” and “an excellent visual artist” who wonderfully demonstrates how “online distance education is effective learning.”

Robyn TurgeonRobyn Turgeon has a long history with the Faculty of Education. She obtained her Master’s Degree from the Faculty of Education and is now also a teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board. Robin has been teaching the AQ ESL courses for a number of years. Described by her students as “inspiring”, and “inspirational”, Robyn is well known for her ability to create a “very collaborative virtual classroom.”

Congratulations again to Peter and Robyn on their very well-deserved awards!