Rachel Luke, a Citizens for the Advancement of Community Development (CACD) Board of Director and recipient of the Prime Minister’s Teaching Excellence Award for 2020. I am honoured and humbled to be a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2020. I am also grateful to God for this blessing and to my colleagues and students for nominating me, said Rachel Luke on receiving the Award.

Rachel Luke has been teaching at the Peel District School Board for 18 years. It is said that Rachel is a teacher that students look to for guidance and mentorship. She is the educator that community leaders reach out to and connect with to disseminate knowledge and information to the students and school. Rachel Luke is a respected pillar of our school community who consistently goes above and beyond her role as a teacher. Rachel, a teacher extraordinaire, has been teaching English and Dramatic Arts since 2002.

Rachel Luke, a Citizens for the Advancement of Community Development (CACD) Board of Director and recipient of the Prime Minister’s Teaching Excellence Award for 2020. I am honoured and humbled to be a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2020. I am also grateful to God for this blessing and to my colleagues and students for nominating me, said Rachel Luke on receiving the Award.

Rachel Luke has been teaching at the Peel District School Board for 18 years. It is said that Rachel is a teacher that students look to for guidance and mentorship. She is the educator that community leaders reach out to and connect with to disseminate knowledge and information to the students and school. Rachel Luke is a respected pillar of our school community who consistently goes above and beyond her role as a teacher. Rachel, a teacher extraordinaire, has been teaching English and Dramatic Arts since 2002.

It is further said that Rachel is always positive, cheerful, and in good spirits. Rachel is the type of teacher and colleague who lifts the mood of everyone she encounters in the school. She makes everyone feel special and good about themselves, and most importantly, makes them feel empowered. Rachel is the teacher whom every student taught by her in class or through extracurricular gets excited at the mention of her name and immediately starts to describe her teaching skills and the positive impact, she has had on them. She is the colleague whom staff trust, talk with and confide in regarding their professional and personal issues.

Her outstanding achievements include: She fosters leadership skills and a sense of responsibility among student participants in multiple extracurricular activities: gospel choir, improv team, newspaper, talent shows, theatrical productions, drama club, ambassadors for change club, Black History Month assemblies, Remembrance Day assemblies.   Rachel illuminates the Holocaust through virtual reality technology, allowing students to follow a Holocaust survivor through a concentration camp. She takes students on field trips to local Holocaust education groups and brings in Holocaust survivors as speakers. She has directed the “Diary of Anne Frank” and the school displayed an exhibition from the Anne Frank House with all proceeds going to archiving Holocaust survivor testimonies)    She is collaborating with Indigenous residential school survivor, Theodore Fontaine, to write a play based on his memoir Broken Circle.
 
Rachel has assisted in developing a board-wide mental health project: organized a day-long workshop for drama teachers; created a unit plan package so teachers could guide students in writing and performing scripts about mental health.  

Advocate for culturally responsive and anti-Black racist education; supervises the Black Student Association, organizes activities and assemblies for Black History Month; invites Black leaders to school as guest speakers, and takes students to community events hosted by Black organizations.   Rachel is a role model for many students and empowers at-risk students: co-chaired boys-at-risk committee; created clubs for marginalized youth; helps at-risk students with financial literacy; partnered with Raptors 905 Team to provide opportunities for students to earn their 40 hours community service.
 
Rachel has created and developed engaging multimedia-infused online learning courses for international students. These online courses are accessible anywhere in the world. It is indeed a blessing for students, staff of Glen Forest Secondary School and the community here in Mississauga to have someone like Ms. Luke on their team.