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AP Environmental Science and Physics
Our March Featured Teacher
Millie Malde teaches the AP Environmental Science and Physics courses at WHS. She aspired to be a teacher from a very young age because of her love of teaching children math and science. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Math and Physics, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from McGill University. Prior to starting her teaching career twenty years ago, Ms. Malde worked in technology – building and servicing custom computers. Since then, she volunteered training elementary school science teachers through the Eclairs des Sciences program. Using her vast experience in competitive public speaking, she coached students for public speaking competitions, one of which reached a national level. Her published Master’s thesis, “The Enjoyment Factor: Examining the Relationship between Enjoying and Understanding Science” challenged the widely held notion that the more exciting a science lesson, the better. One of the most notable impacts Ms. Malde has had on WHS since her arrival in 2011 was the implementation of the recycling and composting program. Because of her efforts, WHS was the first school to have an almost fully compostable cafeteria service tray. Ms. Malde transmits her love of physics to her students, in particular on motion and energy because it is so connected to the students’ real-life experiences. She has high academic standards and builds a solid foundation that serves them well into their CEGEP and university careers in the sciences. She encourages students to express their ideas clearly, to think critically and uses a constructivist approach to teaching and learning. She meets students where they are and works hard to help them progress. She loves working at WHS because of the strong community feel and how connected everyone is to each other.
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