Congratulations to the winners of the 2016-2017 Killam and Faculty of Education Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards! Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards are designed to recognize the outstanding contributions of exceptional Teaching Assistants in the Faculty of Education.
Killam Graduate TA Award Winners:
- Maryam Dalkilic (ECPS)
- Anne Lasinsky (KIN)
Faculty of Education Graduate TA Award Winner:
- Louai Rahal (ECPS)
Award winners will receive $1,000 and be presented with a plaque commemorating their achievement at the May faculty meeting.
About the winners:
Maryam Dalkilic (ECPS)
Maryam is an outstanding instructor who contributes to the learning of not only her students but serves as a guide and go-to mentor to her fellow instructors. She is very knowledgeable on the topics she is teaching, and goes above and beyond the content to make sure she is helping students critically engage with the topics in a way that is both academic and practical for their classroom practice. Her students absolutely love her and admire the way she creates a classroom environment that is both supportive and challenging. She cares about them and their future success and it shows in all that she does.
Anne Lasinsky (KIN)
Anne is a fourth year doctoral student in kinesiology, graduating later this summer upon defense of her thesis. Her research meets at the intersection of research and policy, involving the creation and evaluation of a provincial health initiative for children with obesity. During her time in the School of Kinesiology, Anne has been the teaching assistant for two of our courses across four years, and has taught three separate courses as a sessional instructor. In addition to completing the Instructional Skills Workshop and numerous other training sessions at the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology, she has also served as the TA Training Coordinator for our School, helping to create a training program for new and returning teaching assistants. She has also served as the Graduate Student Representative in the School for two years.
Louai Rahal (ECPS)
Louai loves learning and his excitement for ideas and improving teaching practices for himself and those he teaches is infectious. Louai is able to weave high level theory into the practice of the classroom for the teacher candidates so that they are engaged and enthusiastic regardless of the level or the content that he is teaching. He is always well prepared for class but is also flexible and able to change with the needs of his students; Louai has a knack for knowing when to push harder and when to pull back. He is an outstanding instructor who is admired by both his students and his teaching peers.