Tom Stephenson (2014)

StevensonAffiliation at the time of the award: George Brown College

Citation: Tom views success in the teaching profession as occurring through engagement in, as well as beyond, the classroom. Success is achieved through the positive impact a teacher has over a period of time and involves not only the students but also one’s colleagues. Impact takes time to build and is the result of one question at a time, one class at a time, one conversation at a time.

Tom believes that one of the strengths of being a teacher at George Brown College is the opportunity to be a dual professional. This has a number of benefits including the opportunity to stay fresh and to continuously learn from working professionals and teaching colleagues who are leaders in their respective fields. Tom has learned a great deal working with industry partners and uses these connections and knowledge to act as a conduit to learning and jobs for both students and the construction industry.

Tom has taken on many roles at George Brown including Manager of Apprenticeship Operations, Acting Director Centre for Advance Building Technologies, Coordinator, and more recently project manager for the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), the project focused on articulation pathways between college programs in Construction Engineering.