2022-2023 Director’s Citation Award

2022-2023 Director’s Citation Award: Leslie Rafferty
Posted on 06/09/2023
Congratulations to Leslie Rafferty, Teacher for receiving the 2022-2023 Director's Citation Award! This award recognizes outstanding and significant staff contributions to the District and its students, over an extended period of time, showing a level of imagination, enthusiasm, and professionalism that constitutes a worthy model for others.

Leslie Rafferty’s distinguished teaching career at Gloucester High School has spanned from 2001 until her retirement this year. She has always been a leader, both in the classroom and amongst her colleagues. Early in her career she was a coach and supervisor for field hockey and rugby, where she championed the importance of mind-body connection and taught transferable skills like perseverance, team play, and leadership. Later, as the GHS liaison with the UOttawa Faculty of Education, she provided candidates with individual mentorship and support. As a lifelong learner, she continued her education while teaching and obtained her Master's in Education, using new knowledge and skills to coordinate workshops on critical thinking and improve student engagement. However, among Leslie’s many professional accomplishments, the highlight has always been her time in the classroom. As a teacher in Humanities and Business, her drive to get students to probe issues, think deeply and critically, and connect with the world and each other resulted in students thinking about their learning long after the bell rang. Staff morale is always buoyed by her presence; from her witty one-liners to her nurturing spirit, she has made a huge impact on everyone at GHS! 

Thank you Leslie for the contributions you have made to our school community!

To learn more about the awards and see the full list of recipients, visit the OCDSB website
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