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Owen Sound Teacher Wins Teaching Excellence Award


June 13, 2018


HAMILTON, ON  An Owen Sound teacher is taking home a prestigious John Rozema Award for Teacher Excellence. The Rozema Awards recognize teachers at independent Christian schools in Ontario who nurture student character, local community engagement, and improved school culture in addition to academic performance. This year’s winners excelled in teaching independent Christian school students to care for their communities and natural environment.

Cara Barwell at Timothy Christian School took the $5,000 award in the Excellence in Elementary School Teaching category. Her students visited the Bognor Marsh three times throughout the school year, learning about seasonal changes. They created a calendar featuring their own artwork and research on marsh wildlife to display what they’d learned about this sensitive and valuable ecosystem.

“Independent Christian schools deserve recognition for their commitment to excellence in teaching, which is why the Rozema Awards exist,” said Dr. Beth Green, Cardus Education program director. “The caliber of this year’s winners and shortlisted entries shows that all Christian schools are a vital part of Ontario’s education system.”

Teachers from Hamilton and London won in the Global Perspectives, Arts, and Group Excellence, and Secondary School categories, rounding out this year’s winners. The June 13th awards reception in Hamilton handed out a total of $28,000 in awards to be used for the winning teachers’ professional development. Videos of the winners and runners-up are available online.

The John Rozema Awards for Teacher Excellence are presented in partnership with the Christian School Foundation.


Daniel Proussalidis
 Cardus – Director of Communications