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From: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 4:15 PM -0500
Subject:Bluewater Alumni Profile - Bill Legate
We are pleased to celebrate some of the many examples of staff excellence in Bluewater District School Board with our new alumni profile feature! This week, we highlight some of our former graduates whose career pathways have led them back to Bluewater to serve another generation of local students and families.
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Name:  Bill Legate

Current position:  Grade 6-7 teacher, Beavercrest Community School

What Bluewater school(s) did you attend as a student?  Sydenham Community School, Alexandra Community School, Strathcona Senior Public School, Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute

What year did you graduate from Bluewater?  1989

Please provide a brief summary of the career pathways (e.g. post-secondary studies and subsequent employment) you pursued after graduating from Bluewater.

After graduating, I attended Wilfrid Laurier University where I obtained an Honours Bachelor of Music Education, General Bachelor of Arts – English, and a Minor in Business Administration.  Afterwards, I attended Brock University where I completed my Honours Bachelor of Education in Primary/Junior.  That summer, I completed my Intermediate upgrade at the University of Western Ontario.  Following the completion of my degrees, I worked as an Automotive Service Manager at Canadian Tire for two years, and then was hired as a supply teacher for Bluewater District School Board.  After one year of supply work, I was hired full time at Osprey Central School as an intermediate classroom teacher and music teacher.

What has been your greatest career achievement thus far?

I was honoured to be awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014.

How has your education in Bluewater prepared you for your career pathway?

Pursuing a degree in music education was supported by my teachers at Sydenham (Burt Hood), Strathcona (Donna Steinacher), and especially at OSCVI.  My high school teachers, Paul Bartlett and Maurice Azzano, were a tremendous support in all areas of music, and provided numerous enrichment opportunities. Paul Bartlett's father, a retired OSCVI music teacher, volunteered numerous hours of his time to help teach violin.  He even provided me with the violin I play to this day.  Having such a successful experience at OSCVI prepared me to attend Wilfrid Laurier University, where I received a performance scholarship.  I was inspired by the NUMEROUS fantastic teachers I had growing up in Bluewater.  I knew from an early age that I would want to teach as well, and continue to use many of the strategies for success that my teachers gave to me.

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While at OSCVI, I was also lucky to have Glenn Boisvert as a teacher.  Glenn was a pioneer in the use of technology in schools.  From early days of programming, to investigating the workings of computers, I was constantly exposed to forward thinking.  Thanks to this support, I have been keenly interested in technology, both personally and professionally.  These skills led to my being hired for the central position of Specialized Technology and Learning Teacher, where I helped both teachers and students in the use of technology to support learning.  The forward thinking mindset also led to my desire to assist in the deployment of Office 365 across the board.  I have achieved professional designations of Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator, OneNote Specialist, and Office Specialist, and I continue to support teachers across the district, even as I have returned to the classroom.