Fredericton (NB) – Five New Brunswick teachers have been awarded $10,000 in total for their inspirational approach to teaching and continued demonstration of excellence, by the Association of Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick (APEGNB).
“Inspirational teachers can change lives and that’s why the Association of Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick believe it is critical to recognize teachers who go above and beyond, inspire and demonstrate excellence,” stated Serge Dupuis, President, APEGNB. “Creating interest and inspiring our youth to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is perhaps more important now than it ever has. Career opportunities for students who have this background are endless.”
The 2019 Inspirational STEM Teachers are:
Amy Peters – Kennebecasis Valley High School
Charles MacTavish – Geary Elementary Community School
Colleen Logan – Kennebecasis Valley High School
Kendra Breau – Tabusintac Community School
Maura Tait – Kennebecasis Valley High School
Each Spring APEGNB opens its nomination process for middle and high school STEM teachers. Now in its 6th year, the APEGNB Inspirational STEM Teacher Awards not only recognizes teachers for their hard work and dedication, but it also helps fuel future projects. Here’s what a couple of 2018 Inspirational STEM teachers had to say:
“Winning the STEM Inspirational Teacher Award in 2018 was beneficial to my entire school. I used the $2000 to strengthen our makerspace. I stocked the makerspace with highly coveted items like glue guns, a class makedo kit, clay tools, STEAM related books, etc. Finally, I used the rest of the money to fill the makerspace with consumables so students can have access to materials to make their visions come to life. I love how students from K-5 were all able to make use of the space. From LEGO robots, to musical instruments from recyclables, to cities of the future, to mason jar science, to interactive makey makey projects, and so much more, students were engaged! Our school has certainly upped its game when it comes to STEAM education. Thank you APEGNB!,” Meaghan Wilbur, Anglophone North School District.
“The award has given me the freedom to implement STEM activities in the classroom and to supplement our makerspace. Now, when I need a role of filament for a 3D printing project, or a rotary tool for the maker space, or calipers for an activity in grade 9 Math, I have the funds available to make these purchases. It has really given me greater access to the tools and supplies I need to support student projects,” Joanna Saunders, Rothesay High School, 2018 APEGNB Recipient.
Under the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act, APEGNB regulates and governs the Professions within the province of New Brunswick. It establishes and maintains standards of knowledge and skills for the practice of the Professions, as well as governing professional ethics so public interest may be served and protected.
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