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Certified General Accountants
of Ontario's Accounting Teacher of the Year
Given annually to a business teacher in the province, this CGA
Ontario-sponsored award recognizes exceptional teaching in accounting
for the last 11 years. As a 19-year teaching veteran and long-time
Early in his career Platt adopted a teaching mantra shared by a
(now-retired) colleague: "Teaching is simple: Know your stuff.
Know who you are stuffing. And stuff them."
How does he go about delivering the right stuff? Platt works with
students in setting their own learning goals to achieve over the
year. Platt also establishes a learning environment that is both
stimulating and fun. And, of course, he thoroughly knows his accounting
"stuff." He is clear, however, about separating work from
play time. Platt indicates, "Accounting, for example, isn't
a spectator sport. You have to do it. The only way to do it is [for
students] to work through the assignment. If you don't do it, you
can't understand it." He cites some
* A commemorative plaque engraved with Errol Platt's name (which
already hangs in his classroom).
* Platt's home school, Lawrence Park C.I., received a $500 cheque
from CGA Ontario, which will be dedicated to improving the secondary
school's business programs.
* A monetary award of $500, for Platt to use towards his personal
The Certified General Accountants of Ontario has been proud to
sponsor this prestigious OBEA award since 1995, which celebrates
exceptional teachers who contribute positively to the education
of today's young
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