Tuesday, September 30, 2014

St. Michael's teacher Dominique Plouffe-Chandler wins national award

Dominique Plouffe-Chandler
T. Lucas photo
Toni Lucas

*Updated October 2, 2014 with press release from Holy Spirit Catholic Schoolboard press release

Recently St. Michael's teacher Dominique Plouffe-Chandler was awarded for her work with the French Immersion programming at St. Michael's School.  The Prix d'Excellence André Obadia is a national award.

"Afin de souligner l’excellence en enseignement immersif, l’Association canadienne des professeurs d’immersion (ACPI) attribue annuellement un prix d’excellence, le Prix André Obadia, en hommage à l’un des membres fondateurs et premier président de l’ACPI.
Translation to English: "To recognize excellence in immersion education, the Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers (CAIT) awards an annual prize for excellence, André Obadia Award, in honor of a founding member and first president of the ACPI. - Quoted from the l’Association canadienne des professeurs d’immersion (ACPI)

"I feel very honoured," said Dominique Plouffe-Chandler during the recent Feast of St. Michael celebration. "It came as a great surprise, because my colleagues did not tell me that I was nominated, so I found out this week. To be nominated is one thing, to be a recipient is another. It's still a little bit of a shock to tell you the truth. I represent an incredibly supportive community, school-wise, and as a whole. I feel very fortunate because we have really supportive parents, hard working students, and a strong administration. Just incredible support. I feel that this is a privilege."

"French is my mother tongue, and to be living here out west and have such an energetic and supportive environment is really a blessing."

"We have done so many good things here. We had one student make it all the way to an international (spelling) competition in May, Mya Citrigno. All these things confirm that we have a very vibrant, community."

Plouffe-Chandler said that the French Immersion Program has been in place at St. Michael's School for 32 years, and she is very happy that now includes a kindergarten component, being taught by Jennifer Parker. "We do so many good things here, and there are always way to improve, things to strive for."

Jennifer Parker and Dominique Plouffe-Chandler

* Update - Holy Spirit Catholic Schools press release October 2, 2014:

Holy Spirit Catholic School Division is pleased to announce that Dominique Plouffe-Chandler,
a teacher at St. Michael's School in Pincher Creek, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the
Prix d'Excellence André Obadia, presented by the Canadian Association for Immersion Teachers.
This national award recognizes one Canadian teacher for excellence in immersion teaching.
"Dominique epitomizes French immersion teaching and is a gift to our program in St. Michael's,"states Chris Smeaton, Superintendent of Schools. Division French Language Consultant, Wendy Urquhart, adds, "Many of us, students and fellow teachers alike, have been inspired by Dominique's passion for French."

St. Michael's School is also very proud of Madame Plouffe-Chandler. As Principal Don Kuchison explains, "Dominique is a very deserving recipient of this award. She has always placed the academic success of her students at the forefront of her teaching practice. Everyone in our learning community shares in her joy as recipient of this award."

Madame Plouffe-Chandler notes that she is greatly honoured to have been selected as the recipient of the award, "It is a reflection of the passion for French Immersion that has existed at St. Michael School, Pincher Creek for the past 32 years." Dominique also adds, "I would like to commend the hard work of our students, the dedication of their parents, the ongoing support of Mr. Kuchison, our principal, and the generosity of the Pincher Creek community at large who have in been immensely supportive of our program. I feel truly blessed to share my passion for teaching and promoting French language and culture, alongside such extraordinary partners. Merci de tout coeur!"

Madame Dominique will be honoured at the upcoming Canadian Association for Immersion Teachers Conference, which will be held from October 23-25, 2014, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Please join the Holy Spirit Catholic School Division in congratulating Madame Dominique for being selected as the recipient of the, Prix d'Excellence André Obadia.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous30/9/14

    Félicitation Dominique! Your award is well deserved!


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