Excellence in Teaching Award
Marianopolis teachers demonstrate an undeniable passion for education. The Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes a teacher who demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that characterize the Excellence in Teaching Profile. The recipient is granted the prestigious Mention d’honneur at the Association québécoise de pédagogie collégiale’s annual meeting.
Mathematics Professor Christopher Turner received the 2023 Excellence in Teaching Award. Since joining the College in 2006, Professor Turner has provided students with a supportive and engaging learning environment to explore complex mathematical concepts. His ability to connect mathematics to real world scenarios and infuse humour into the subject matter has helped countless students discover their academic interests and career pathways. Professor Turner’s capacity to assess student needs, provide personalized support and identify valuable learning opportunities have been crucial resources for his colleagues, notably during his time as faculty lead for the development of the College's revised Science program.
Mathematics Professor Alain Léger received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2022. During his more than 25 years at the College, Professor Léger's passion for teaching has inspired generations of students to love math. He is renowned among students and graduates for his ability to humanize his subject matter and to connect with each and every learner through empathy, patience and, most memorably, humour. Professor Léger is recognized by his colleagues as a model educator and a supportive mentor to younger faculty, whose genuine care for students and involvement in departmental activities has left an indelible mark on Marianopolis.
English Professor Andrew Burton received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2020. Since joining the College in 2010, he has researched, implemented and demystified Universal Design for Learning, a pedagogical framework that helps teachers more effectively respond to students’ diverse learning styles. He has also supported the professional development of his fellow faculty members by fostering peer observation, which consists of teachers observing each other in their classrooms, and by designing a peer mentorship program in which he served as a mentor.
History Professor Kareen Latour was recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019. Since she began teaching at the College in 2004, Professor Latour has embodied the institution's academic mission, encouraging her students to "pursue academic excellence, become self-directed lifelong learners and make positive contributions to their communities and the world." Her enthusiasm and dedication for fostering global citizenship in her students is exemplified in her longtime mentorship of the award-winning Marianopolis Model United Nations Team.
Mathematics Professor Tamara Zakon became the first recipient of the Marianopolis Excellence in Teaching Award at her retirement in 2018, after nearly 50 years of teaching at the College. Professor Zakon was one of the stalwart teachers who over the decades helped shape Marianopolis into the institution that it is today. One of only four women in her graduating class at Harvard University, she went on to nurture generations of students, hire and mentor dozens of young teachers and serve diligently on various administrative and governing bodies of the College.