Grand Erie Teacher Recognized with Award for Excellence in Secondary Teaching
Brian Kingshott, teacher at Paris District High School, is a 2021 recipient of the Baillie Award, recognizing excellence in secondary school teaching. The award is especially meaningful, given that teachers are nominated by graduating students in Queen’s University undergraduate programs as they reflect on their success and honour a teacher who had a formative influence on their academic journeys.
“During my time working with Brian, I have witnessed his ability to make immediate meaningful connections with his students in his role as guidance counselor as well as Turning Point teacher,” said Jim Merrick, Principal at Paris District High School. “In both roles, he has consistently gone above and beyond for his students. It’s been a pleasure having the chance to work with Brian, and I am supremely proud that he has been bestowed this incredible award.”
Kingshott began teaching in 2003, and taught in the construction technology program before moving on to Guidance. He is currently a teacher with the Turning Point program, which offers students an alternative learning environment as they work towards the requirements of obtaining their diplomas. The Baillie award is given annually, and recognizes exceptional secondary school teachers in Canada who have served as role models and mentors to their students and inspired academic excellence.
“Every student that we teach enriches us with a life-changing experience. They come to us with ideas, dreams and sometimes questions about how to deal with life's obstacles,” reflected Kingshott. “It’s up to us as teachers and parents to help guide them by showing a caring, nurturing, and compassionate attitude to assist them with the confidence to overcome whatever they encounter on life's journey.”
Kingshott was nominated by former student Rachael Irvine, who’s graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing. Kingshott says he knows Rachael will go on to have a positive impact on every patient, colleague, and family member she meets in her new career.
“This award has humbled me, and caused me to further reflect on what needs to be achieved in a student's educational pathway,” said Kingshott. “We need to be there for our students, not just as a teacher that stands in front of the class and educates, but as a caring, empathetic adult who will listen to them and help them achieve their goals.”