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Sukhdeep Chohan: Teacher recognized for working with newcomer students

Sukhdeep Kaur Chohan, a teacher at Hickory Wood Public School in Brampton, Ontario, received a Certificate of Achievement for her work with newcomer students. 

Chohan, who teaches English as a Second Language, Math, Science and Social Studies for K to 5, uses innovative techniques to teach her students about the world around them. 

Dancing their way through the cultures of the world, making sundaes to learn about probabilities and mini-pizzas to learn about fractions, she creates a creative environment for her students. 

She inspires self-awareness and belonging and a sense of community. Her students refer to her as “teacher-mom”. 

Chohan designed an interactive classroom newsletter program that opens lines of reciprocal communication between teachers and families. The program received international acclaim through the National Foundation for Educational Research in the UK.

She has pioneered several programs that have received national and international attention through publication in the exclusive Canadian Early Childhood Education Journal. 

Her home-reading program called Smarties Read With Me addresses her students’ literacy needs. Parents are trained to be at-home teachers and learn strategies and interactions appropriate to their child’s reading level. 

Since its inception, the program has evolved to include online reading sites that are accessible from home. 

Chohan regularly provides feedback through the sites. 

Her school-wide mailing program has also had a huge impact on student development and literacy. With real-looking mailboxes, a sorting room and scheduled delivery times, over 1000 students from K to 5 busily write and distribute letters. The program eventually extended into students’ homes and even engaged over 350 students in an e-pals program with students in other countries.

Chohan also spearheaded the school’s Holding Hands program and has nurtured a community where teachers, students and their families participate in awareness campaigns, food drives, and a wide variety of fundraising campaigns.  

Posted: Feb 4, 2014

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