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S.C.D.S.B. Celebrates L.D.A.S. Teacher of the Year - Caroline Mansourian

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From left to right: S.C.D.S.B. Director of Education - Catherine McCullough, Board Chair - Barry MacDonald, award recipient Caroline Mansourian, L.D.A.S.Chair Liz Brett-Dickie and Vice Chair Giulia Langlois

November 22, 2012 - On Tuesday, November 20, at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board monthly board meeting, St. David Catholic Elementary School teacher Caroline Mansourian was recognized by the Learning Disability Association of Sudbury as Educator of the Year. On hand to present the award was L.D.A.S. Chair Liz Brett-Dickie and Vice-Chair Giulia Langlois. According to Brett-Dickie, the L.D.A.S. selects outstanding educators who work day in and day out to release the power of students with learning disabilities. “This Teacher of the Year award recognizes an exceptional educator who consistently supports, encourages, and advocates for the success of students with learning disabilities.” She goes on to explain that the committee was very impressed with Caroline Mansourian’s nomination letter (of which she was not aware as it was submitted without her knowledge by the staff of St. David) but also the letters from four former students that accompanied the nomination letter.
“The committee was extremely impressed with Caroline’s accomplishments and her efforts to help students with learning disabilities achieve to their full potential by maximizing their strengths.” The school’s nomination letter was scripted by the whole staff and submitted by the principal Dawn Wemigwans. In it, the staff stated, “Caroline always works with her students’ strengths in mind, coaching them to become leaders and independent thinkers. She takes inventory of their interests, stages of readiness and overall social and academic needs…”
After the presentation of the award, Mansourian was visibly moved by the support of the L.D.A.S., the S.C.D.S.B. trustees and superintendents, as well as the full audience of St. David staff that were on hand to share in her celebration, and took a few minutes to share her feelings.
“What a great honour it is to work with a staff that is so understanding and intuitive of one another’s needs, that they don’t just step in with a kind thought or words, but carry out their kindness through compassionate and benevolent acts… One of the best descriptors about working at St. David Catholic School alongside a staff of devoted and tireless advocates, is that we not only provide our students with the knowledge and tools to enrich and build skills, but we also provide them with an overly generous dose of care, compassion, and charity, infused with our genuine concerns for their well-being. We not only teach with our minds, but with our hearts. When we take on this task, we do so wearing many hats… Human relationships are at the heart of all we do in our school. By establishing and building these trusting rapports with our students and their families, we seek to show that the close connectivity in human bonds is the crux of the dignity of the human being.”

The students and staff of St. David also celebrated Mansourian’s award on Wednesday, November 22 with a school presentation of gifts, as well as a short video montage honouring all of her contributions to the school. The event ended with a standing ovation from the entire audience, as they are very proud to call Caroline Mansourian one of their own.

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