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Secondary school teachers recognized for their lasting impact

A Kingston high school teacher is among four recipients of the 2012 Baillie Award for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching from Queen’s.

Alumnus Todd Kartye teaches chemistry at Bayridge Secondary School and was nominated by three of his former students, who are graduating this month from Queen’s in engineering, nursing and science.

Established by Chancellor Emeritus A. Charles Baillie, the award recognizes secondary school teachers who pass on to their students a life-long desire to learn and inspire them to pursue their goals in higher education.

“Teaching is so much more than the delivery of knowledge. Igniting a passion and helping students to identify their capabilities is a great reward,” says Mr. Kartye. “As a mentor and teacher it is wonderful to know that I have provided a positive influence. I truly feel a sense of pride that former students have been successful and that I played an inspirational role in their academic pursuits.”

Michael Gordon, a social sciences teacher specializing in teaching senior law courses at Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School in Mississauga, Linda Grossi, a social sciences teacher at Osgoode Township High School in Metcalfe, Ontario, and Richard Lachance, a French immersion teacher at Thomas A. Blake High School in Oakville round out this year’s honourees.

Julie Harmgardt, who is graduating in French Studies, nominated Mr. Lachance, who is who is travelling to Queen’s to receive his award at her convocation on June 14.

“Mr. Lachance pushed each of us to achieve our own academic limits and truly believed in our ability to go beyond what was expected of us,” she says. “Being able to share my convocation celebrations with him will be extra special, as it brings my educational journey full circle. I commend Queen's for its efforts in recognizing the significance of great educators early on in a student's life.”

Mr. Kartye will receive his award at one of his nominator’s convocations on June 8. Ms Grossi and Mr. Gordon will accept their awards at their nominators’ ceremony on June 13.

Baillie Award for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching