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EMSB presents Teacher Recognition Awards

teachers getting their awards
Montreal - Wednesday, May 8, 2024

On the occasion of English Montreal School Board Teacher Recognition Day May 7, three teachers were presented with special awards at Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North.

The EMSB launched this ceremony more than a decade ago to coincide with National Teachers Day in the United States and recognize this profession towards the end of the academic year.

There were many nominations from parents for the awards.  Maria Frank from Bâton Rouge Grillhouse and Bar, known for its famous ribs and exceptional steaks at locations across the country, presented $100 gift cards to Paul Karpontinis, a social studies  teacher at Lester B. Pearson High School; Karine Gomes Silva, a physical education teacher at Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North; and  Georgette Amar, a   Common Core Basic Education (CCBE) teacher at Galileo Adult Education Centre in Montreal North . The winners also received gift packages from Michael Dean Rafferty of Kera Organics and were featured on CityNews Montreal.  

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About Baton Rouge Grillhouse & Bar

Founded in Montreal in 1992, Bâton Rouge is named after the glowing wooden logs that were used to fire up the original ovens at its very first locations. While the original ovens were eventually modernized, the kitchen at each Bâton Rouge restaurant continues to make each dish with passion, the real flame which is revived daily with each dish to satisfy the most capricious of palates. Today, 28 Bâton Rouge franchises are located throughout the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, with expansion soon to reach New Brunswick. 

About Kera Cares 

Kera Organics was created to not only to make soap, but specialize in transforming pure and natural ingredients, free from chemical fragrances and processed components like artificial dyes into handcrafted organic products.

Kera comes from Keratoconus, an eye disease which, if not treated could easily lead to blindness. For many, surgery is not the answer, but spiral lenses are. Those stricken by this disease may need to go this route however it comes with a very costly price to pay. There are no available government subsidies that you can receive and not many places offer this type of lens with the necessary treatment services. That is why Mr. Rafferty, who has suffered from the disease since he was a child, created the  Kera Cares Foundation ( to provide assistance.    

About the English Montreal School Board

With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines, the EMSB network consists of 73 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at

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