In this instalment of TeachOntarioTalks, we are profiling and celebrating the work of My-Linh Hang Coleman, 2018 OTIP Teaching Award recipient in the Elementary Teacher Category, in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).
My-Linh Hang Coleman is a dedicated kindergarten teacher whose enthusiasm for learning is contagious. She is the role model of sharing and caring in teaching. My-Linh’s impact has been far-reaching as she has helped to initiate, design and oversee the implementation of the Family of Schools’ K-12 character and global education program around the Pillars of Sustainable Development formerly known as Free The Children, known today as WE.
My-Linh was one of the lead creators of the first elementary curriculum used with WE Schools and K-12 social justice program for schools. With over 7000 schools in Canada now participating in the WE Schools Program, it was My-Linh's feedback and modelling of the program in her classroom and school that helped pave the way for other elementary schools to engage in this program.
My-Linh has taught in several elementary grades and prepares her students to be future engaged citizens. Her students learn to respect others, to be accountable, to care about the world around them, and to achieve academic success. My-Linh’s classroom lessons capture students’ passion and hook her students in using social justice issues and developing student leadership. In the classroom, My-Linh tries to put herself in the “shoes of the children.” Her teaching inspires her students and she is constantly trying new techniques such as using song lyrics to which students can relate, cooking lessons, as well as new and different field trips. She infuses character education into her lessons and encourages students to learn about and understand others through visits to the classroom from such groups as farmers, veterans, and elders. My-Linh communicates daily with parents, and she has a monthly “bring the parent into the classroom”, slideshow. She also encourages the students to share their identity and culture.
My-Linh is active in extra-curricular clubs and events to inspire students to be positive change-makers and leaders beyond her classroom. Through the production of the film, “The Road Less Travelled”, My-Linh promotes and shares the richness of the culture of the Eastview Indigenous community and promotes community spirit. My-Linh’s continual advocacy in all areas of teaching curriculum, equity, character education and social justice has influenced and transformed the learning and thinking of students, staff, educators and community members alike.
Congratulations My-Linh on the well-deserved award!
My-Linh is currently on secondment with Inhabit Education, learning from and collaborating with Inuit knowledge holders and educational leaders in Nunavut.