Archived—Jean-Pierre Frigon

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Year: 2009 – Province: Québec

Certificate of Excellence Recipient

Jean-Pierre Frigon

École secondaire Paul-le-Jeune
405, boulevard Saint-Joseph
Saint-Tite, Québec
G0X 3H0

Director:  Yves Dessureault
School Tel.: 418-365-5191
School fax: 418-365-5130
School email: lejeune@csenergie.qc.ca

Year and subject: Secondary 5, history and economics

In 2008, Jean-Pierre Frigon received the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. The award included a cash prize which Mr. Frigon unhesitatingly devoted in full to installing multi-media state-of-the-art equipment in his classroom, being a man of his time. For him, the look backward that teaching history requires loses part of its meaning unless it helps students to understand the present and to contemplate the future.

Teaching approach

  • Turns the classroom into a living lab where students are able to put their knowledge and skills to the test.
  • Knows how to push the frontiers of the school, sometimes even to Europe, so that his students can take part in concrete field projects.
  • Works to teach passion and dedication, often on his time and dime. His goal: to give his students the knowledge and skills they need to make them invaluable members of society now and in the future. 

Exceptional achievements

  • Mr. Frigon knows that travel is a great teacher for young people. That is why he has organized several trips, including a commemorative trip to Normandy that was praised by the Governor General. The trip was part of a vast exploration of World War II history. As part of the component entitled Les chemins de la liberté (paths to freedom), the students took part in an international exchange with Normandy high school students in 2006-2007. Among other aspects of this exchange, the students were required to be in regular contact with their overseas counterparts and work together to plan ceremonies and build a Website. They also welcomed their counterparts to Saint-Tite and visited them in France. The objective of this project was to help students discover the connection between the heritage they were born into and the one they will pass on. The project was so successful that Mr. Frigon expects to repeat the experience in 2009-2010.
  • His economics students have been equally fortunate. Thanks to their original teacher, they were introduced to the world of business and entrepreneurship by meeting with local decision-makers, analyzing the processes of a local business on site with a view to preparing an oral presentation, and using cutting edge technological tools to simulate the management of a business. Pure Frigon!
  • Mr. Frigon challenges his students by getting them to help finance field projects. With the help of adults, they operated the SAQ's municipal parking lot and stand during a major local festival; they sold hand-made candy and washed cars. 

Testimonials

"Mr. Frigon has all the personal and professional qualities that are the hallmark of a good teacher. […] He helps us [among other things] form an opinion on world economy news." – Students, President of Secondary 5 and School Council Member.

"Even after years of being a teacher, Mr. Frigon is still passionate about teaching history. His teaching methods are very dynamic and appreciated by students. [He knows how to] create a very warm atmosphere in the classroom." – Student