Manuel Cordeiro earns Ontario Premier teaching award

  • May 1, 2009
{mosimage}TORONTO - Comics books and D-Day simulations aren’t the standard teaching tools.

But for teacher Manuel Cordeiro, it’s these unconventional methods of boosting students’ reading and analytical skills which have garnered him a Premier’s Award of Teaching Excellence as a new teacher.

Cordeiro is a social science teacher at St. Edmund Campion High School. He began teaching at the school in October.

Oliver Ocampo, department head of the school’s Canadian and World Studies department, said he nominated Cordiero because of his “boundless energy and passion for teaching.”

“Manny joined our department with the eagerness and open-eyed optimism of any first-year teacher and his impact was felt immediately,” Ocampo said. “He quickly became a permanent fixture in the department office and was able to breathe new life into the curriculum.”

Cordeiro started a comic book club in his class and introduced diplomacy simulation games and a reproduction of the Allied war room during D-Day operations. He also organized a campaign with students to send holiday care packages to Canadian support workers and soldiers in Afghanistan.

“Manny’s award is reflective of his hard work and commitment to his students,” said Kevin McGuire, principal of St. Edmund Campion.

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