A Physics Tribute to Mrs Lawrence

Friday, October 26, 2018 - By: Areeb S, Rogers ‘20; Photo by Jim Ganley

60 years ago scientist Rosalind Franklin observed that “Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.” These are the principles that physics, calculus and geography teacher Mrs Giselle Lawrence encompasses in her class and in her everyday life. Mrs Lawrence is an inquisitive and keen teacher who devotes her time at Brentwood to delivering the gift of science to students and encouraging them to think with curiosity and ingenuity. 

On October 11 she was awarded the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Award for Excellence in Teaching High School Physics. The award is a reward for her fine distinction in teaching and promoting the love of physics in the young.

Mrs Lawrence was born in the prepossessing land of Peru where she spent her childhood with a deep regard for physics and for the world in general. While a majority of people tend to stay away from concepts manifested in math, Mrs Lawrence spent her childhood completing mathematical problems in her algebra textbook and waiting for more. She obtained her BSc in Peru MSc and in Wales. In addition to her broad physics background, Mrs Lawrence taught and coached soccer. After working as an engineer and teaching physics classes in university, Mrs Lawrence moved to Canada to teach in Vancouver and then Brentwood as she had a bright interest in kids and teaching physics.

Mrs Lawrence has travelled around the world gaining a stronger physics background. Recently she visit CERN’s large hadron collider in Switzerland which she described as “being an experience of a lifetime”. When I asked her about her experience she said “Despite the amazing discovery of the Higgs boson and the revolutionary technologies, the most interesting part of the project was the different cultures from around the world working in one area - despite the controversial differences that sometimes divides these groups - and so it is interesting to see how science brings humans together.” 

Mrs Lawrence is a teacher with a dedication and enthusiasm for physics. She is an educator who doesn’t teach for her own benefit, but for the welfare of the children who will pave a scientific future for tomorrow.

Areeb S, Rogers ‘20

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