In two months, 38 nominated professors from across the province will be narrowed down to 10 finalists as TVO’s hunt for Ontario’s best lecturer gets underway. Hot on the heels of this provincewide search, Metro is asking Greater Toronto Area students to share the best qualities of college and university professors they’ll never forget. Regardless of the course, great instructors and making students feel like more than just a student number rated high for all.
"My anthropology/biology professor, Dr. Shawn Lehman, used his sense of humour to connect with us, making what some might have found boring, simply amazing! There were about 1,500 students in this course yet he always made himself available if you needed help, which sadly not all professors do."
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"My field practice instructor Jo Gomes approaches everything with such passion, approachability and style. She truly embodies the knowledge and the kindness we all strive to have in social services. Her ability to juggle work with life inspired me to create my own company Candi’D Apple Couture — a fashion line for fashion forward plus size women. Having my own business, pursuing my education gives me a well rounded joy. Thanks Jo!"
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"My acting professor, [Nadia] Habib, always approached her lectures with such energy and would even share her own personal experiences as an actor in relation to the course to help us feel comfortable and more inspired as artists. Inspired by her, I merged my love of performance with social activism, sitting on the board of directors and doing performances with LetsStopAIDS.org to help raise HIV/AIDS awareness."
"Instructor Dino Angelakos knew how to relate course materials in a language we could understand rather than speaking over our heads. He really cared about our future and often shared honest opinions and encouragement about steps to take. He inspired me towards a future in civil engineering."