Teachers Life Academic Spotlight: Michael Simpson

The Peterborough Petes are proud to partner with Teachers Life and the Ontario Hockey League for the Academic Spotlight Series. Our first spotlight in the series highlighted sophomore goalie, Tye Austin. For the next part of this series we recognize another young netminder, Michael Simpson. 

Transitioning to a new school for anyone is certainly not easy. For players of the Ontario Hockey League the adjustment to a new city, new team, living arrangement and school is eased by people like the Petes Academic Advisors. 

“Kim last year and Shannon this year have really done a good job in empowering us in school. It was definitely a bit of a culture shock. Coming from where I have been with all my buddies my entire life then coming to Peterborough.”

Kim and Barry Driscoll served as the Petes Academic Advisors until the completion of last year, when they retired from Thomas A. Secondary School (TASS). New to the maroon and white this year is Shannon Fife, a teacher at TASS who will work as the Petes Academic Advisor moving forward.

“Obviously with Kim last year and Shannon this year, they make it a really easy transition for all the young players to come in and feel at home, you always know what you’re doing because they set it up so nice for you.”

Simpson, a twelfth year high school student points to physical education, English and law as his favourite subjects and those that he excels in. 

“This year I really liked law and how the police work and I thought that was pretty cool. I’ve always excelled in English, I have always found that writing essays comes to me pretty easily.” 

In balancing a life of hockey and school, Simpson points to the times when you can leverage productivity as key to success. 

“I think sometimes it’s pretty tough, you’re always playing catchup. The days you can get ahead are big for us.” 

“Teachers Life are proud sponsors of the OHL’s Academic Spotlight Program,” says Doug Baker, President and CEO of Teachers Life. 

“The dedication of the OHL’s student-athletes to their education mirrors Teachers Life’s commitments to students and educators across the province. By celebrating these athletes, they become role models to kids in their communities through their dedication to academic excellence, integrity and curiosity.”

About Teachers Life

Teachers Life is a federally regulated life insurance company. Founded in 1939, Teachers Life offers life and group insurance products to address the unique needs of Canadian families. Teachers Life is the first insurance provider in Canada to underwrite life insurance products online, in as little as 15 minutes. As a not-for-profit fraternal insurer, community commitment is a core value for Teachers Life. For more information, please visit 

About the Ontario Hockey League

The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

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