a.m., Oct. 15)
Divine Infant teacher receives Golden Apple Award
By Fred Sherwin
Infant kindergarten teacher Greg McGlynn stands among a group of students
after receiving the Magic 100 Golden Apple Award on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
a time, not that long ago, when the ultimately sign of respect a student
could show his teacher was to place a shinny red apple on the teacher's
Greg McGlynn, a kindergarten teacher at Divine Infant Catholic School in
Chatelaine Village, received a shinny apple of the golden variety as a recipient
of Magic 100's Golden Apple Award.
A shocked McGlynn
was presented the award, along with a cheque for $500, by Magic 100 radio
personality Bill Parker in front of the school's students who had been assembled
in the library.
surprised and embarrased. I'm kind of like the rookie on the staff,"
said McGlynn who first started working at the school as an occasional teacher
in 2004. "Just being compared to the rest of the staff is a huge honour.
I feel I still have a lot to learn."
McGlynn was nominated
for the award by parents John and Sharon Mele who have two children in his
class, one in Junior Kindergarten, the other in Senior Kindergarten. They
also have a third child who McGlynn taught, who is currently in Grade 3.
first started writing the letter I was trying to decide which teacher to
nominate because our kids have had a few teachers here and they've all been
excellent," said Sharon Mele. "We picked Greg because he's an
amazing teached and he's also the only male teacher on the staff."
boys have just thrived with him. Last year, Bruno, our oldest, didn't really
want to come to school. This year he's totally different. He really likes
coming to school."
his primary task as a kindergarten teacher is to make the experience fun
so that the kids are instilled with a sense that coming to school is an
enjoyable experience. It's a philosophy that has been born out of his own
experience in the early learning years.
my first couple of years, I really struggled. It wasn't until I came across
I really great teacher in Grade 2 that I started to really enjoy coming
to school," said McGlynn. "In fact, I still have flashbacks when
I'm teaching my own kids."
When asked what
he planned to do with the $500 bursary, McGlynn jokingly said that he planned
to spend it on some Toronto Maple Leaf paraphenalia for the classroom.
"I'm a big
leaf fan and we joke about it all the time in class," said McGlynn
sporting a golden smile.
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