The Peterborough Petes Overtime Teacher program has concluded following the final stage in which fans had the opportunity to vote between the four finalists. It has been determined that Marc Andre Brisson of James Strath Public School is the winner.
Across the three-day voting period that started Saturday, June 19 and lasted until Monday, June 21, 90,589 votes were cast in total for the final educators: Amanda McIness, Daniel Murphy, Joanne Haacke, and Marc Andre Brisson.
The Grade 7 and 8 teacher was nominated for his unique ability in developing personal connections with all his students. Whether discussing hockey or what is going on in the news, he is celebrated for fostering an open dialogue with his students and ensuring that everyone is comfortable in the classroom.
As a big hockey and Petes fan, Brisson is the recipient of the Petes prize package that includes a Zoom call for his class with Petes Head Coach Rob Wilson and goaltenders Tye Austin and Michael Simpson for their students. In addition, Brisson will receive two tickets to the Petes home opener. The three finalists of the Overtime Teacher program will each be receiving two tickets to the Petes home opener in the fall.
When asked about receiving a nomination Brisson said, “Having been nominated by a student to be the Overtime Teacher means a great deal to me. Students are extremely busy these days with online learning, and for Cameron to take the time out of his day to complete the nomination process, it means a lot. I am so proud of the students in my class, and all the students at James Strath and their perseverance through this tough school year.”
The Petes want to thank everybody who submitted a nomination and took part in the voting process for the Overtime Teacher program, in addition to every educator who has gone over and above for their students and community this school year.