St. Thomas High School in Pointe Claire did a unit on Graphic Novels for their Grade 11 English classes.  They brought in Raquel Rivera, a writer with a background in both Literature and Art, to facilitate the creation of a short graphic story.  Pierre Doyon, the English teacher, applauded Raquel for guiding the student’s work and developing a great rapport with them. He wrote, “Raquel was a driven professional who gave the students teaching and support at a level beyond the classroom teacher’s ability.” 

Raquel Rivera is a Montreal based writer who has lived in Washington DC, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Barcelona. Since settling in Montreal, she has pursued her interest in children’s and Young Adult literature, publishing books for young readers and leading writing workshops in schools and communities across Quebec and Canada.

St. Thomas School’s ArtistsInspire Grant experience was made possible by an ELAN Quebec/LEARN partnership for students from Quebec’s English-speaking communities to participate in arts and culture experiences, thanks in part to funding from the Government of Canada.

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Above & below:  Raquel Rivera leads Grade 11 students at St. Thomas High School in the art of Graphic Novels. (Photos by Pierre Doyon)