DSBN Educator Honoured for Teaching Excellence
Long-time DSBN educator Mike Doyle is being recognized for his commitment to students and technological education. On May 11, the Thorold Secondary teacher was presented with the Ontario Council for Technology Education’s (OCTE) Excellence in Teaching award. Along with the recognition, Doyle was provided with a $500 bursary to support the postsecondary aspirations of a student of his choosing.
In a letter to DSBN Director Warren Hoshizaki, OCTE Chair Dave Lewis wrote that the award recognizes Doyle’s “outstanding commitment to technological education; his students and colleagues through the delivery of creative and engaging programs; active involvement and leadership roles; and professional development and life-long learning.”
Over the span of his 26-year teaching career with the DSBN, Doyle has been involved in numerous initiatives to support student learning in technology and the skilled trades. He is currently the technology program lead at Thorold Secondary and coordinates the Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) manufacturing program. In addition to his in-school roles, Doyle has also served in a central capacity, helping to launch the DSBNi program which saw students travel overseas to build homes in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. Doyle’s support has also been instrumental in growing the DSBN’s annual technology skills challenges.
“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award,” said Roy Smith, DSBN Technology and SHSM Consultant. “Students are always at the forefront of Mike’s endeavors, and through his expertise and experience, Mike has continued to create new partnerships within the community. This assembled group of industry partners offer cooperative education placements, industry recognized certifications, and enhance the experiential learning of the students.”
Doyle said the most rewarding moments of his career have been seeing his students succeed. “Over the years, I’ve seen many students earn numerous certifications in the different skilled trades. These are valuable certifications that help give them a start in their lives after high school. I’ve also seen many students take part in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship (OYAP) program and begin their journey towards a successful and fulfilling career. It’s rewarding to know you played a role in helping them to achieve their goals,” said Doyle.