For the students and staff at Vincent Massey High School, Mr. Bebbington is more than just a teacher. He is a mentor, a friend, and a committed lifelong educator. This week, he marked a remarkable milestone: completing his 100th semester of teaching at Vincent Massey High School.
Mr. Bebbington has developed and successfully taught French his entire career. He started his teaching career at Vincent Massey High School in January 1974 and has continued at Vincent Massey for the past 50 years. During this time, he has taught thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to pursue successful careers in various fields. He has worked as a teacher advisor to many student teachers, a few of which he is working with as colleagues today.
Mr. Bebbington has also always been deeply involved in extracurricular activities, he has coached both the Junior Varsity and Varsity Girls and Boys soccer teams, the bowling teams, curling, and holds a weekly lunchtime Karaoke club that he started in 2022. David has also developed and is the leader of our school’s travel club. He has taken countless students and staff on educational tours to European and Canadian destinations throughout his 50 years of teaching.
Mr. Bebbington shared his passion for teaching at Vincent Massey when asked why he loved teaching, “We have such a caring and qualified staff at Massey who inspire the majority of our students to be caring, thoughtful society members.”
Mr. Bebbington is known for his enthusiasm, humor, and kindness in the classroom. He often uses creative methods to make his lessons engaging and fun. He also encourages his students to ask questions, explore new ideas, and challenge themselves.
Mr. Bebbington’s colleagues also praised his dedication and professionalism. “David’s youthful enthusiasm for creating engaging, fun, and educational classroom learning opportunities at the age of 75 is something that every teacher should emulate.” said Mr. Grindle, a fellow teacher at Vincent Massey High School. “David has had an enormous impact on Vincent Massey’s school culture.”
The staff and students at Vincent Massey are grateful for Mr. Bebbington’s kindness and guidance, and they hope he will stay with them for many more years as he has no intention of retiring soon.