On June 7th, the 2nd Annual Impact Awards committee announced the winners for the 2021-2022 school year. The awards celebrate teachers for their dedication and their use of research-backed teaching methods in the classroom. 28 teachers won awards, and 9 received special recognition for their use of specific teaching methods in the classroom. Attendees of the ceremony selected the Teacher of the Year.
The Teacher of the Year is Christine Welsh from the Halifax Regional Centre of Education. She will receive over $600 in prizes that will help support her diligent work in the classroom and promote her well-being. The prize package includes a classroom supply kit, a teacher swag bag, and a year of aromatherapy and self-care gift boxes from Nature’s Wellness.
A panel of Knowledge Translation Experts (KTE) helped with the difficult task of identifying particular examples of outstanding work in the classroom. These leaders in the fields of math education and research review the work of teachers and highlight how the application of particular research methods shine through.
There are several teachers that won special distinction for their use of specific teaching methods:
- Megan Winger for checking student understanding
- Laura Cross for using student needs as a guide for learning
- Stephanie O’Reilly for adjusting instruction based on student needs
- Tammy MacLeod for collecting evidence of student improvement
- Jessica Brajkovic for activating students as owners of their learning
- Karen Hanson for embedding social emotional learning into everyday practice
Christine Welsh, Ashlee Hooghiem, and Rachel Cha also won distinctions from the KTE panel for their use of these strategies in their teaching. The complete list of the 28 award winners and their respective distinctions can be found below.
You can watch clips from the award show and the winners’ Impact Stories here: