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Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement

School Recipients: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 |  2010 | 2009
Opening Remarks
Marguerite Jackson
CEO, Education Quality and Accountability Office
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Chair’s Remarks
Dr. Brian L. Desbiens
EQAO Board of Directors
» View Video Elementary School Recipients Ceremony
Vice-Chair’s Remarks
Jerry Ponikvar
EQAO Board of Directors
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Closing Remarks
Dr. Bette M. Stephenson
Director Emeritus
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Educators featured in these photos and videos may have changed roles and/or schools since they were collected and posted.

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Christ the King Catholic Secondary School, Georgetown
Halton Catholic District School Board
“There are a lot of detractors of standardized testing. I believe that it ensures accountability in the delivery of deep and engaged literacy and numeracy instructional, assessment and evaluation practices.”
 — David DeSantis, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Terry MacDonald, Toni Pinelli, Josie Halycz, Wendy Giroux, Jerry Ponikvar (Vice-Chair, EQAO)
Front row: John Merlini, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, David DeSantis
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Crestwood Secondary School, Peterborough
Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
“I’m a big believer in data. It can be very helpful, especially when looking at data over time. Unless you’re talking about data, you’re just talking. It’s a great direction setter.”
 — Jim Rielly, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Vanessa Vidler, Ian Beaman, Laura Tosky, Rusty Hick, Jerry Ponikvar (Vice-Chair, EQAO)
Front row: Diane Lloyd, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Jim Rielly

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Discovery Public School, Maple
York Region District School Board
“If students need accommodations to assist them in their learning, we ensure these accommodations are available every day in their regular classrooms as well as for the EQAO assessment...We are very proactive in addressing the needs of our students.”
 — Angelina Faraone, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Diane Hawkins, Dr. Brian L. Desbiens (Chair, EQAO), Maria Brancato, Dina Winter
Front Row: Angelina Faraone, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Rosemary Nacini
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Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute, Scarborough
Toronto District School Board
“There is a high level of parent engagement in this community. They are certainly instilling in their children a respect for education and placing a high value on doing well.”
 — Sandra Kaskens, principal

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Back row: Stewart Burns, Jerry Ponikvar (Vice-Chair, EQAO)
Middle row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Anita Wong, Sherry St. Denis, Lynn Matus, Deborah Williams, Sandy Spyropoulos
Front row: Soo Wong, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Sandy Kaskens

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Elliot Lake Secondary School, Elliot Lake
Algoma District School Board
“We have no difficulties with students that require extra time and support to complete the OSSLT successfully. We will move heaven and earth to get the students what they need to be successful and the board is very supportive.”
 — Mark Robinson, principal

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Back row: Jasper Naus
Middle row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Jon Young, Karen Houle-Tymeczko, Jan Marrelli, Joe  Maurice, Jerry Ponikvar (Vice-Chair, EQAO)
Front row: Gladys Wiggins, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Mark Robinson
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Erin District High School, Erin
Upper Grand District School Board
“Specifically looking at gender data including EQAO gender data, we really want to target our assessment strategies and our instructional pieces. We have been looking at things to do to ensure that our boys will achieve at high levels.”
 — Julie Prendergast, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Kathryn Cooper, Erin Kelly, Laura Beal, Gary Robinson, Ann Marie Lennie, Jerry Ponikvar (Vice-Chair, EQAO)
Front row: Beth Paterson, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Julie Prendergast

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Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, Peterborough
Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board
“Our EQAO data really confirms and reaffirms what we know and see. EQAO gives up good data. We’ve taken that data and brought it to life to boil down to students, to make it real, not an afterthought and not an event. It’s embedded in what we do.”
 — Tim Moloney, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Jennifer Chadwick, Margaret Hickey, Lisa Hiltz, Jerry Ponikvar (Vice-Chair, EQAO)
Front row: Tammy Horton, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Tim Moloney
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Holy Rosary Elementary School, Waterloo
Waterloo Catholic District School Board
“We value data and how it drives what we’re doing... It also allows us to see our improvement on an ongoing basis. With the strong [connection] to the curriculum, it allows us to plan and continually move forward.”
 — Tyrone Dowling, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Cathy Runstedler, Gerry Clifford, Marylin Dawson, Lisa Thomas, Dr. Brian L. Desbiens (Chair, EQAO)
Front Row: Joan Germann, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Tyrone Dowling

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Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School, Scarborough
Toronto Catholic District School Board
“They bring everyone together with a common focus. That focus is not about teaching to the test: it is about teaching the skills. The EQAO assessments reflect skills that these students will need to be effective lifelong learners.”
 — Peter Aguiar, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Mark Mannone, Ann Ferrigan, Geoffrey Grant, Ann Andrachuk, Michelle Curtis, Bianca Auciello, Jerry Ponikvar (Vice-Chair, EQAO)
Front row: Angela Gauthier, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Peter Aguiar

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Lackner Woods Public School, Kitchener
Waterloo Region District School Board
“Our dedicated teachers have embraced the whole child, not only student achievement. We are passionate about sharing the journey of raising the children and creating the community that all will desire to come to and be a part of.”
 — Dayle Buller-Power, principal

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Back row: Michelle McMillan, Gregg Bereznick, Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Michelle Low, Laurie Tremble, Michelle Costello, Dr. Brian L. Desbiens (Chair, EQAO)
Front Row: Elizabeth Martz, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Dayle Buller-Power
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Larchwood Public School, Dowling
Rainbow District School Board
“EQAO helps us to find our focus. In-depth analysis helps us to establish both our goals and clear criteria for student learning.”
 — Susan Cousineau, former principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Karen Garbutt, Corry Allair, Donna Deslauriers, Dr. Brian L. Desbiens (Chair, EQAO)
Front Row: Natalie Miller, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Susan Cousineau

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Mariposa Elementary School, Oakwood
Trillium Lakelands District School Board
“To make data effective, it needs to be about the teacher and the students... The data needs to be relevant and meaningful. It needs to make sense to the teachers and that’s when the changes take place.”
 — Erich Remisch, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson, (CEO, EQAO), Lynda Hamilton, Larry Hope, Erin Jenkins, Nancy Chandler, Dr. Brian L. Desbiens (Chair, EQAO)
Front Row: Lori Gregory, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Erich Remisch
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Merivale High School, Nepean
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
“The EQAO assessment is set up on those critical fundamental skills. This process is ongoing, embedded in what we do. What we say are priorities and what EQAO says are priorities are not that different.”
 — Patrick McCarthy, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Christine Rankin, Kerri-Lee Hewlett, Julie Sheremeto, Jerry Ponikvar (Vice-Chair, EQAO)
Front row: Toni Agraniotis-House, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Patrick McCarthy
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Merrickville Public School, Merrickville
Upper Canada District School Board
“Any meaningful data that helps us support student learning is what we want to pay attention to. It allows us to see what trends we’re on and where we’re heading. That data can be used in a multitude of ways, but keeping it simple is key.”
 — Ray Westendorp, principal

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Back row: David Thomas, Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Morgan McQuay, Lisa Clarke, Kerri McKnight, Dr. Brian L. Desbiens (Chair, EQAO)
Front Row: Tracey Howarth, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Ray Westendorp

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Sir Allan MacNab High School, Hamilton
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
“There are lots of amazing and interesting programs led by teachers and staff. The programs, however, are only as good as the people leading them and our teachers are the best.”
 — Ted Kocznur, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Carolyn Craven, Victoria Kudrenski, Amanda Bassett, Deb Brown, Jerry Ponikvar (Vice-Chair, EQAO)
Front row: Mag Gardner, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Joanne Hall
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Sir Winston Churchill C.V.I., Thunder Bay
Lakehead District School Board
“When we examine the data and observe how students are doing, it changes our instruction. Our teachers are not afraid of the data. They welcome making changes based on the data. EQAO is an important instrument for us.”
 — Rowan Seymour, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Paul Tsekouras, Krista Kaspersen, Ian MacRae, Eric Frederickson, Jerry Ponikvar (Vice-Chair, EQAO)
Front row: Rowan Seymour, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Andrea Lampo
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St. Barbara Catholic Elementary School, Mississauga
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
“Data is just data. It is what you do with the data that counts. We look at it and realize that it is not an end but a sign of hope. We look at data deeply and through the expertise of the teachers and all the partners in the school community who use it to make a difference.”
 — Paula Prajza, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Laura Litster, Jody Pillo, Liz Kazimowicz, Michelle O’Neill, Dr. Brian L. Desbiens (Chair, EQAO)
Front Row: Paula C. Prajza, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Marg Emery
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St. Basil Secondary School, White River
Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board
“I have teachers who are passionate about their subjects and about students doing well. They are not afraid to put in the hard work. If they come to me with ideas, it’s my job as their principal to make their ideas happen… I don‘t just have one teacher champion, I have several. I am very fortunate.”
 — Marsha Ribic, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), John Bruno, Michael Oliveira, Cheryl McWilliams, Iwona Sikorski, Jerry Ponikvar (Vice-Chair, EQAO)
Front row: Stephanie Parniak, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Marsha Ribic
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St. Clement Catholic School, Woodbridge
York Catholic District School Board
“The purpose of assessment is to say something, not so much about where students are as about where they can go. I know our teachers do an excellent job because our students are always moving forward, not just academically but as individuals. That is the assessment that really counts.”
 — Brent Matthews, former principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Maria Alati, Tina Fortino, Joseph Cesario, Mary Battiston, Franca DaCosta, Janet Tucci, Dr. Brian L. Desbiens (Chair, EQAO)
Front Row: Susan LaRosa, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Brent Matthews
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St. Edward Catholic School, Nipigon
Superior North Catholic District School Board
“The data we collect and use corroborate the work we have done in determining and delivering effective teaching and learning strategies. Everyone believes that all students can be successful and is committed to providing opportunities that allow students to be the best they can be.”
 — Bill Beaucage, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Marlo Dahl, Melody Wawia, Courtney Currie, Denise Hogue, Dr. Brian L. Desbiens (Chair, EQAO)
Front Row: Joy Brenzavich, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Bill Beaucage
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St. John Vianney Catholic School, Barrie
Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
“Our staff is committed to the success of each student. This is evidenced by their willingness to work together using the data available to narrow their focus and develop common anchor charts, assessments and teaching strategies and language throughout all grades.”
 — Mickie Oakes, former principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Tanya Southwick, Michael O'Keefe, Susan VanAmelsvoort, Brian Beal, Janice L. Smith, Dr. Brian L. Desbiens (Chair, EQAO), Marianne Bond, Jane Dillon-Leitch
Front Row: John Young, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Mickie Oakes
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St. John's Catholic Elementary School, Kitchener
Waterloo Catholic District School Board
“Teachers are committed to collaboration to create and implement strategies that enhance the learning opportunities for all students...I trust their ability as a team to assist in creating our school improvement plan and to celebrate our successes as we see the improvement of our students.”
 — Pam Garbutt, former principal

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Back row: Dr. Brian L. Desbiens (Chair, EQAO)
Front Row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Gerry Clifford
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St. Joseph School, Porcupine
Northeastern Catholic District School Board
“It’s not just the Grade 3 and Grade 6 teachers who are aware of EQAO. All of the children belong to all of the teachers and, accordingly, [teachers of all grade levels] must have a familiarity with the assessments.”
 — Roslyn Gauthier, former principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Amanda O’Neil, Dana Vaillancourt, Roslyn Gauthier, Brenda Doyle, Dr. Brian L. Desbiens (Chair, EQAO)
Front Row: Tricia Stefanic-Weltz, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Erica Raymond
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St. Leonard Catholic School, Manotick
Ottawa Catholic District School Board
“Data should drive instruction. Data should drive assessment. If you narrow it down to two key things, you have one key for students and one for teachers: success for staff, success for students.”
 — Kimberly Giles, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Bonnie Caminiti, Julian Hanlon, Michelle Hutchinson, Richard Peters, Tom D'Amico, Dr. Brian L. Desbiens (Chair, EQAO)
Front Row: Raymond Snook, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Kimberly Giles
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St. Mary Catholic Secondary School, Hamilton
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
“There is a real culture of support and co-operation [among] staff and parents. Staff will make the appropriate calls and go the extra mile on behalf of the students. This proactive approach allows us to consider parents powerful allies as we work in the best interest of their children.”
 — Emidio Piccioni, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Mark Valvasori, Antonietta Minicucci, Jeff Hargot, Tobi Hawthorne, Judi Hanta, Jerry Ponikvar (Vice-Chair, EQAO)
Front row: Mary Cipolla, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Emidio Piccioni
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St. Michael Catholic High School, Kemptville
Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
“Data can provide us with constant feedback in our continuous school improvement process. School improvement plans must be focused, achievable and alive by using relevant data and engaging staff in the process.”
 — Donna Koekkoek, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Mark Musca, Dawn Finnegan, Allister Wood, Wm. Gartland, Jerry Ponikvar (Vice-Chair, EQAO)
Front row: Donna Koekkoek, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Anne Leach
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St. Patrick High School, Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
“Using our EQAO and classroom data to determine areas needing improvement has resulted in improved professional practice among the staff. Ongoing collaboration among staff to improve student achievement has made literacy a whole-school focus.”
 — Francis Veneruz, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Doug Bernst, Bill Otto, Francis Veneruz, John De Faveri, Jerry Ponikvar (Vice-Chair, EQAO)
Front row: Traci O'Hara, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Louise Castellan
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Sturgeon Creek School, Emo
Rainy River District School Board
“Using the available data to monitor each student’s progress and plan for their continued success is like the rubber meeting the road. We have the data but we need to use it effectively to ensure the continued success of our students.”
 — Kendall Olsen, principal

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Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Elisabeth Husser, Dave McKelvie, Wilma Esselink, Dr. Brian L. Desbiens (Chair, EQAO)
Front Row: Yvonne Veldhuisen, Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Kendall Olsen
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