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Year: 2001 – Province: Alberta

Certificate of Excellence Recipients

Mary Louise Mastromonaco

School: Bishop Grandin High School
111 Haddon Road SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2V 2Y2

Principal: Marc Renaud
School Telephone: 403-252-7541
School Fax: 403-640-0116
School Website: www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/grandin/
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 10 to 12 - English as a second language (ESL).

Teaching Approach:

  • To help students to learn about and embrace Canadian culture as well as to take pride in their own language, culture and traditions.
  • To provide a solid language learning base, including skills and strategies that can be effectively employed across the curriculum.
  • To maintain an open room policy to encourage and support academic competence and social integration to improve students' chances of success.

Outstanding Achievements:

Mrs. Mastromonaco created partnership programs that allow ESL students to work together and with community organizations to enhance their learning and discover opportunities for their future lives. More than 55 percent of ESL students now take part in these programs.

She developed adjunct classes tailored to help ESL students in mainstream English and social studies courses. Beginning with six students in 1999-2000, the program has already more than doubled in size, and participants have shown a marked improvement in their grades.

The Volunteer Host and Tutor program has had the same enthusiastic response. In the first semester of 2001-2002, 24 ESL students were paired with 28 tutors.

Mrs. Mastromonaco created special teaching units to help ESL students understand Canadian history and culture, including Immigrants All, Spirit of the West (in which she took part in a five-day cattle drive) and Along the River's Edge (an interactive unit on Calgary's early history).

Rave Reviews:

I have never met a teacher with such passion for teaching and caring for students until I met you. Former student

A lifelong commitment to improving each child's destiny is a major accomplishment by any measure. Mrs. Mastromonaco's outstanding contributions live on in her students who now call Canada home. Department head