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Thames Valley teacher Diane Dempsey wins ETFO Curriculum Development Award for lessons to improve literacy skills of young learners

August 13, 2019

TORONTO - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has presented Thames Valley teacher Diane Dempsey with its 2019 Curriculum Development Award- Women's Program for teaching resources that improve literacy skills among primary students.

The award is presented to a member or group of members to recognize a curriculum unit or resource that they have developed.

Currently a Grade 2 teacher at Parkview Public School in Komoka, Diane has developed and presented professional learning workshops in various locals including the Thames Valley Teacher Local. She was a Keys to Literacy specialist with the Thames Valley District School Board and worked with at-risk readers in grades 1 and 2.

The primary literacy lessons that Diane has developed include poetry, fiction and non-fiction texts and plays. Attention is placed on word recognition, vocabulary development, comprehension and spelling. The lessons are focused on building confidence and positivity for learners and students learn how to develop their own story writing involving setting, characters, plot, events and outcome. Diane's reading materials deal with social justice issues like poverty and climate change, science and animals, important milestones such as Remembrance Day and plays that are performed in the classroom.

"With over 30 years experience as a teacher, Diane has a deep understanding of how young children develop literacy skills and a love of learning," said ETFO President Sam Hammond. "She has meticulously designed her literacy program so that the resource can be shared with other educators."  

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. ETFO's Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at