12/20/2012 06:21 EST | Updated 02/19/2013 05:12 EST

Badly injured teacher hopes to be back at school 1-year later

Michael Stewart says he plans to be back in the classroom by next March — just one year after he was run down by a minivan outside his Etobicoke home.

Stewart suffered severe back injuries when he was run down. But nine months later he can walk again and is determined to get his life back — and that includes a return to teaching at Scarborough's Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute.

It was in the early morning hours of March 14 when the gold coloured minivan bore down on Stewart and changed his life forever.

His house had been egged and he went outside to confront the vandals. It was then he saw the vehicle coming for him.

"I thought they were playing chicken. Next thing I know I'm going over the van," he said.

Stewart says he isn't angry at the people in the vehicle that night.

"I'm mad at their parents for hiding it," he said.

The former physical education teacher has had two operations and spent months in hospital.

But he can now walk, thanks to the five days a week he spent in physiotherapy.

Stewart worked out regularly before the accident and doctors say his physical fitness helped save him and helped him recover.

But Stewart gives the most credit to his wife Trina.

"I can't live without her. Simple and plain, she's my everything."

Detectives say the case is still open but there are no active leads