Magdalena Kisielewska-Zaranek, a student in the Faculty of Education’s bachelor degree program at York University’s Glendon College has been awarded the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association (OMLTA) Helen G. Mitchell Award.
The award is given annually to one graduating student from each education faculty in Ontario who is qualified to teach French as a Second Language (FSL) or as an international language in recognition of their dedication to, interest in and passion for second language teaching.
“I am very honoured that the Faculty chose me to receive the Helen G. Mitchell Award,” said Kisielewska-Zaranek. “My dedication to studies and to my students wouldn’t be possible without the support from my family.
“I am passionate about languages, in particular French, and I look forward to continuing to share this passion with my students, with the hope that they will become lifelong language learners,” she continued.
Kisielewska-Zaranek recently completed the final year of the consecutive bachelor of education, French as a Second Language program in the junior and intermediate division. She holds honours bachelor of arts and master’s degrees both in French Studies from York University.
Kisielewska-Zaranek has worked as a language instructor for the International Language and French Conversation Programs at the York Catholic District School Board, and as a tutor for French immersion students. She is currently providing her students with opportunities to continue learning French through distance learning.
“Magdalena is a conscientious student who works diligently to create creative, engaging and stimulating activities for her students,” said Cécile Robertson, Faculty of Education course director. “I had the pleasure of working with her and seeing her in the classroom context during practicum. At all times, she is respectful, kind and attentive towards student needs.
“She will be such an asset to the teaching community and in particular in the FSL context where her passion for French teaching and learning will inspire and motivate all who come in contact with her,” Robertson added.