You may notice the OCT designation beside an educator’s name. It stands for Ontario Certified Teacher. This designation means that the educator has been licensed to teach in Ontario and is a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Teachers. Now, as a Vice Principal, I proudly sign OCT beside my signature.
Can a teacher have a lasting impact on the life of a student?
My life is bursting with teacher friends. And I have mad respect for what they do, because the ones I know are the good ones. The ones who really care about the kids, who work hard to create interesting and engaging lesson plans, who spent countless hours coaching and grading homework and just being there.
When my children were babies, I felt sure that I could never let them out of my sight. As they grew into toddlers, I became anxious about sending them to school. For a time I gave serious consideration to homeschooling them. At first I couldn’t understand why I was so hesitant to send them to school. It was irrational.
As a parent, I'm relieved to know that my kids are in good hands each year with teachers who are current on both curriculum expectations, professional standards, and modern approaches to learning.As an educator, I'm proud to belong to a professional group such as the Ontario College of Teachers.
Having a teacher you can trust is so important. This is the person you are entrusting with your child, with their minds, their educations, and with their emotional well being.
That’s why the work being done by the Ontario College of Teachers is so important.