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Champion Teachers 2011

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Who inspires and encourages your kids?

There are some amazing teachers in our community who help students prepare for the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair as well as school and board fairs. BASEF initiated the Champion Teacher Recognition Awards to recognize and honour teachers who go above and beyond expectations in their efforts to teach students how to do project-based science and to mentor them as they prepare their projects for BASEF. A panel of BASEF Organizing Committee members select the Champion Teacher Recognition Award winners from among those nominated online by their peers, parents and students. In the inaugural year, three were selected to receive the Champion Teacher Recognition Award for 2011. Each winner receives a plaque and a cash award to be used in their classroom.

2011 Inductees


David Bortolussi

Sir Wilfred Laurier School, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

“…has sacrificed his time to his students to ensure that each student has a chance to accomplish as much as they can.” “…encourages his students to attend BASEF through examples of positive awards as well as through the fact that all students he chooses to represent the school in BASEF wish to give back to him by winning the best school award.” “…deserves to be recognized for the work he puts into each day, to help each person.”




Lisa Grant

St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board

“… is the students’mentor, resource person and their biggest fan which goes a long way to boosting the confidence of her students.” “…runs a very large fair at St. Augustine that is well organized and she involves high school, college and university students, parents and community members as judges.” “…has created a reputation for excellence in this area that goes beyond our community.”






Annette Vanderwoerd

Trinity Christian School, Burlington (Independent)

“… showed a passion for organizing our school’s science fair … I could really tell that she loves what she does!” “… took time out of her own lunch breaks to interview each student to make sure they were on the right track.” “…encouraged everyone that was able too, to sign up for BASEF.”