Toronto Maple Leafs March 2024 Teacher of the Month

Future GoalsTM Program

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Toronto Maple Leafs March 2024 Teacher of the Month


Kristine Holloway


David Leeder Middle School

Classroom Team:

Tell us about yourself!

I think it is important to challenge and stimulate my students’ minds to achieve their goals. By doing so, I feel I am in a position to plant the seeds of learning for their posterity. Given proper encouragement, students have the potential to become technological leaders and innovators. My learning environment is collaborative, inquisitive, and sometimes noisy and messy. I encourage students to have an untethered mind when formulating an idea or concept. The technology used in my class ranges from low tech (recyclable materials) to high tech (Minecraft, Microbit) providing multiple points of entry (low floor/high ceiling). When I am not in the classroom, I can often be found at local ice rinks or baseball diamonds. I am the mom of a goalie and defenseman and I manage a baseball team.

What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?

The Future Goals NHL program integrates STEM concepts into hockey, fostering learning through the sport. STEM in hockey involves physics in puck movement (velocity, acceleration and trajectory); data analysis for player performance (e.g., shots on net, save percentage, statistics); technology in equipment advancements (e.g., stick composition and the design of protective gear). NHL Future Goals program offers a unique way to engage students in STEM through the sport of hockey.

Who is your favorite NHL player?

My favourite hockey player is William Nylander. Nylander is the Maple Leafs Right Wing. He stands out as a fan favourite for many reasons. His skillful puck-handling and on-ice artistry make every game a spectacle. Known for his innate ability to create scoring opportunities, Nylander just signed an 8-year contract extension worth $92M, making him one of the NHLs highest paid players. Beyond his impressive on ice-performance, his charismatic personality and team spirit make him a personal fave.

If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?

If I were a hockey player I would play defense. This position aligns with my nurturing and protective instincts as a caring and supportive mom and teacher, and mirrors the way I like to safeguard my children’s and student’s well-being. My ability to strategize and guide others translates well to a defensive position. It requires a keen understanding of the game, anticipation of opponents moves and effective communication with teammates-skills that all translate well to the teaching profession.