The Peterborough Petes Overtime Teacher program has reached the voting stage to determine the winner. Voting will open on the Petes website on Saturday, June 19 at 8:00 am until Monday, June 21 at 8:00 pm to crown the ultimate Overtime Teacher. Fans can vote as many times as they want for their favourite educator. Each vote counts towards the end result.
The four finalists are Marc Andre Brisson, Amanda McIness, Daniel Murphy, and Joanne Haacke.
Marc Andre Brisson- The Grade 7 and 8 teacher at James Strath Public School was nominated for his unique ability for making personal connections with all his students. Whether it is talking about 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.
Amanda McInnes- McIness works at St. Catherine C.E.S., teaching Grades 7 and 8. The elementary school teacher is recognized for her ongoing work in supporting students at the Peterborough Regional Science Fair (PRSF), and Canada Wide Science fair (CWSF). This year at the CWSF, two of McIness’ students took home the top prizes.
Daniel Murphy- Murphy, an Educational Assistant at Highland Heights Public School, works with students in Grades 2-4. In his fifth year as an educator, Murphy’s positivity and dedication to his students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic impressed everyone around him. He is continuously celebrated for facing each new challenge with optimism and for prioritizing his students’ needs.
Joanne Haacke- Haacke teaches Grades 3-5 at James Strath Public School. Haacke is being honoured for her amazing work both in and out of the classroom. Not only is she extremely dedicated to her job as an educator, but she also serves as an assistant coach and is a chair on the board of directors for the Kawartha Komets.
One of these educators will be named the winner of the Peterborough Petes Overtime Teacher Program. The winning teacher will receive an amazing Petes prize package that includes a Zoom call for their class with Petes Head Coach Rob Wilson and goaltenders Tye Austin and Michael Simpson for their students, in addition to two tickets to the Petes home opener.