Teachers - Senior High - Science Specialist
Mrs. Jennifer Dusyk-Johnson
My name is Jennifer Dusyk-Johnson and I teach both Biology and General Sciences at Cold Lake High School. I earned my Associate Diploma in Biological Sciences with Honors from Red Deer College, then went on to earn my Bachelor of Science Degree with Distinction and my Bachelor of Education Degree with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge; majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Environmental Outdoor Education. I also earned my Masters Degree in Leadership & Training from Royal Roads University.
I was honored to receive the Prime Minsiter's Award for Excellence in Education, and the APEGA Award for Math & Science Teachers entitled "Who Makes School Cool!" in 2012; I was also a finalist for the Alberta Excellence In Teaching Awards in both 2006 and 2002. In 2002 I was awarded a “Xerox Legacy Award” by Northern Lights School Division for Distinguished Instruction. In 2007 our Science Team at GCHS was honored with a “Xerox Legacy Award” for Exemplary Practices as a Professional Learning Community. In 2007 I was also part of the Leadership Team that was honored by NLSD with a “Xerox Legacy Award” for Leadership and Mentoring with our Student Leadership Group. I feel lucky to work for such an innovative school and school division, with a dedicated staff and tremendous students! I have had numerous Professional Growth opportunities throughout my teaching experience here, and these have continually renewed my passion for teaching and helped me to learn and grow as an educator.
I have taught at Cold Lake High School (formerly Grand Centre High School) for the past nineteen years, and I continue to really enjoy teaching here. I am a conscientious person and teacher, and my goal is to help all of my students become engaged learners, who enjoy school and work toward achieving their highest potential now and in the all of their future endeavors.
Three projects I am excited to be involved in this coming school year are a Bat Conservation project, sponsored by Devon. Bats have an extremely important niche within the Northern Boreal Forest ecosystem and White Nose Syndrome is destroying entire colonies of bats. It is essential that we educate our youth about the role that bats play within the ecosystem, how this fungus is affecting and killing bats, and the role they can play (building bat houses to prevent the spread of the fungus) in the conservation of this species. This will be a cross-curricular project involving students at Cold Lake High School in the following ways: Science classes learning about bats (with a special focus on the Knowledge & Employability grade 9 science classes focusing the unit on Biological Diversity on this project), Industrial Arts classes building the bat houses, and Outdoor Education classes will also learn about bat conservation and put up the bat houses. We began this project last year and plan to continue it in the upcoming 2016-17 school year.
I also recently had the opportunity to attend a Canadian Wildlife Federation Teacher Training Workshop on "Project Wild", "Below Zero" and "Wild About Water". I am looking forward to sharing what I learned through these sessions with both my students and colleagues.
Our EnviRoyals Environment Team, which is an extracurricular club at CLHS, was selected as one of twenty schools throughout the Province of Alberta to participate in the Generate 2017 Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change, facilitated by Inside Education. This conference is being help in Kananaskis in March. We are excited to participate in this amazing opportunity, to be able to represent our school and local community at this summit, and to bring back to our community all that we have learned.
If you have any questions or concerns about your son or daughter's education where I may be of assistance, please contact me by either phone or e-mail.
Teacher Timetable 2016-17
Semester 2 (Spring 2017)
Block 1: Prep
Block 2: Biology 30
Block 3: Science 9 (K&E)
Block 4: Science 30