Vote for Teacher Awards Semi-Finalist Rachel Bemrose #CFTeacherAwards



Rachel Bemrose is an extraordinary teacher who shows caring, generosity, acceptance, innovation and dedication to students. Although our daughters are adults who have moved on from high school, her positive influence was so profound that our family still feels compelled to nominate her. We are amazed by her support for children and community. She is bright and articulate, devoting hundreds of hours outside school each year to engage students in plays, dance and anti-bullying. Rachel launched an Art for Awareness group with her husband and community partners, producing shows devoted to erasing the stigma of mental illness with support from the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Schizophrenia Society. Rachel’s work will be featured when Clara Hughes brings her Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk to Peterborough. Rachel tirelessly promotes inclusion for all. Her students created sidewalk chalk art downtown to fight homophobia; participated in Peterborough’s first flash-mob at the local mall on Pink Shirt Day to focus on bullying prevention; and welcomed developmentally challenged students in their musicals. Even having two preschoolers did not prevent her from choreographing musicals; they came with her to rehearsals. Rachel has coached sports and mentored younger teachers. When teaching Grade 6 students about ancient Greece and Rome, she had students write and perform plays about the people they studied. She offered enrichment for gifted students by having them produce the plays into a movie. When teaching about measurement, she had students on a treasure hunt in the yard. She turned a math lecture on angles into an active experience, with students measuring angles outside. She introduced non-contact rubber chicken football to students and convened a regional ultimate Frisbee meet. Rachel has a personal connection with each student. She uses current media coverage as a springboard to discuss human rights. When she learned some Grade 6 girls were struggling with self-esteem, she started a Girls’ Club; they met at lunch or after school for healthy activities and discussions. Her peers and community respect Rachel. She worked with the Health Unit to have Adam Scott designated a Healthy School, did choreography for Millbrook’s Fourth Line Theatre, and started the Peterborough Dance Collective. She is a part-time instructor at Trent University’s Faculty of Education. Rachel Bemrose is a role model extraordinaire whose influence will extend into the future. — Parent of student