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Sunrise Waldorf School teacher honoured for STEM

Posted On: 5/22/2018 11:36 AM

Enthusiastic teacher standing in front of a colorful chalkboard"Lisa Hitch, a Grade 8 teacher at Sunrise Waldorf School, was named May 4 as a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

“I love teaching. This award is so exciting. I feel honoured to be acknowledged, and I think what I’m really delighted about is that whoever was judging those awards can see there are different ways to do things. In our STEM program here, we work through observing phenomena. We start that at pre-school and it just continues to grow. They become excellent scientists by Grade 8,” Hitch said at her classroom in the Cowichan Station school.

She also said she felt she was accepting the award on behalf of the whole school because the entire community of students, parents, and teachers is so close, forming a network of engagement and education that supports the students as they grow and learn.

Hitch is one of 64 teachers across Canada in three categories to get these awards but she is one of only two in British Columbia. Her award honours “outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics teachers that help develop the culture of innovation Canada needs today, and in the future,” according to the government’s website about the awards.""

Read more at Cowichan Valley Citizen - May 21, 2018
Photo credit: Lexi Bainas/Citizen

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