Testimonials High School
Hello Mr Jankowski,
I am presently completing my final semester in the BEng. program in Software Engineering at Concordia University. Last week, my application to Concordia’s Masters in Applied Sciences in Software Engineering got accepted, which I will start in fall on this year with a great supervisor, Dr Weiyi Shang.
I’m emailing you to thank you for being an outstanding Mathematics and Science teacher at Kells. I have fond memories of three courses I took with you in grade 10 as well as the ones in grade 11, and I was fortunate to have a teacher that was so knowledgeable about the subjects. It was your passion in these subjects and the fact that you care about your students’ performances that made you an excellent instructor that have inspired me to pursue studies in sciences, specifically Software Engineering. I am grateful for Kells for having a teacher such as yourself.
I hope hope other students of yours can realize they are fortunate to have passionate and caring instructors making for a valuable education.
Thanks for everything,
Our nephew has just started his second year at Kells and is in Grade 9. To say this school has embraced and empowered him in so many wonderful ways is an understatement. We have been incredibly impressed with the administration, teachers and curriculum. On top of this, the school’s sports program has been excellent. The entire Kells team has been phenomenal in ensuring that our nephew is thriving on every level. The level of attention they pay to each student is exceptional. We knew that Kells had a super reputation but it has gone beyond our expectations. The teachers and school staff are so genuine in how they want the students to excel - and if there are any difficulties, they are responsive and on top of it. Direction that we have received from Mr. Banerjee both last year and this year, has not only been spectacularly helpful but he’s been right at every turn. Our nephew was born in Ethiopia, attended school in New Brunswick and then switched to Kells last year. He and we couldn’t be happier and his marks and demeanor show this. A huge thank you to the entire Kells’ body including Ms. Woods. A shout out, too, to Ms. Marosi as she has been a fantastic resource for us since Day One.
If I had to describe my experience at Kells Academy in a few words I’d say that: it was a major learning experience for me. I began my student teaching internship at Kells Academy with a very traditional frame of mind, due to the way that I, myself, was educated. Teaching math meant that students would take notes, complete a worksheet on the concept they had just seen and then eventually be evaluated on their capabilities to reproduce and respond to similar questions. While I still respect and hold some traditional beliefs about education, my time at Kells has allowed me to expand my horizons and realize that the implementation of technology does not mean that I have to stray completely away from my traditional beliefs, but rather that the two could coexist and work quite well together.
By being able to have the core components of my lesson already set up in a Notebook file, on the smart board, I, nor my students, had to waste time copying down questions, which would then leave room for distractions and the students getting off task. Not only did this assist me, in terms of classroom management, but it also facilitated students’ learning, as I was able to display visual and interactive representations of the concept they were learning. Being able to use interactive websites, such as Kahoot, classes were able to become much more engaging and meaningful, as students were more invested in the lesson, due to the fact that they knew they would likely be evaluated shortly by participating in a Kahoot. Not only did students enjoy being able to partake in such interactive activities, but without even knowing it, these activities allowed for the concepts to be reinforced. I was also able to gather data on students’ level of mastery and the areas which would need improvement and further explanation. In addition to this, I really appreciated the Kells portal system. Many times in the past, I have had students come to me saying that they were not able to complete their homework as they had forgotten it at school the night before, or I have had students come to me in a panic saying that they lost their notebook, which had everything they had learned all year. The portal system completely alleviated these issues and made students accountable for their own learning as they had access to all course material, at any time, just at the edge of their fingertips.
A final thing which I really appreciated was the small classroom sizes. By consistently having classes of less than 20 students, I was able to give each student a sufficient amount of one on one time in order to meet their specific needs. This coupled with the email system, which allowed students quick, constant and direct access to me or any of the resources used in class, I believe that all students were able to have their specific and unique needs addressed and met.
While I cannot control the classroom sizes in other educational establishments, something which I will definitely be taking away from my time at Kells Academy is the ability to not shy away from the new direction in which education is going, but rather to embrace it. I believe that my new found appreciation for technology in the classroom and the skills I acquired in order to appropriately employ this technology have allowed me to become a better teacher, who can meet the needs of the students of today. On a final note, I am very grateful that I now have a digital copy of all of my lessons, resources, and assessments which I could easily alter and use in my further educational endeavors.
Finally, I am very grateful for the cooperating teachers, Mrs. Ghanem and Ms. Ungureanu, which I was assigned for my time here at Kells Academy. Both teachers were very supportive throughout my entire experience and their expertise taught me invaluable skills: how to plan and organize lessons, how technology can be a huge asset in the classroom, where to find interactive resources which can be used in the classroom, how to accommodate students with different needs and learning styles etc. I am grateful for their patience, encouragement and for them giving me the confidence to venture outside of my comfort zone.
Erika Savage, Student Teacher
We moved from New York City in 2009, and our son did not adapt well to the change nor the schools he was in. He had great difficulty dealing with his emotions and environment. By grade 6, he was diagnosed with high-functioning Asperger’s, and his doctor recommended Kells Academy. His visit to the school struck a chord with him, and he wanted no other high school. While it was an adjustment for him to adapt to a third new school in three years, it stuck. It was the right fit. The principal and the teachers could tell what made him tick and provided him the type of attention that suited his needs and personality. Our son has made friends, his marks have greatly improved, he participates in class, and best of all, he’s happy. We highly recommend Kells to any family that is looking for an alternative choice in their son’s or daughter’s education.
Grant & Marina
A tout le personnel de Kells:
Faire une différence positive dans la vie d'un enfant est une action qui non seulement contribuera à son avenir, mais aidera à bâtir une société meilleure. Lorsque Vincent recevra son diplôme dans quelques années, vous pourrez vous féliciter d'avoir accompli cet exploit.
Voilà un an depuis l'entrée de notre fils à Kells et les progrès sociaux et académiques qu'il a fait jusqu'à ce jour sont bien au-delà de nos attentes. L'alternative qui s'offrait à lui avant son admission à Kells était l'intégration d'une classe spécialisée pour les troubles d'apprentissage de la CSDM.
Avant son entrée, vous avez rapidement compris les défis auxquels Vincent faisait face et mis en place un plan d'intégration que vous avez exécuté parfaitement dès sa première journée. Vous avez en plus communiqué avec nous fréquemment afin que nous puissions supporter sa progression.
Aujourd'hui en 9ieme année, Vincent a été nommé sur le "honour roll" qui souligne les succès académiques pour une deuxième session consécutive.
Merci Kells. Nous vous serons toujours reconnaissants.