The Okanagan was well represented among the winners of an award created by the provincial government to salute top educators.
Kelowna principal Troy White and Vernon teachers Alan Gee and Brendan Robertson each received one of the 10 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education.
“All British Columbians benefit from the outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators and support workers,” Premier John Horgan said in a release.
“The education professionals honoured through the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education are exemplary in their commitment to student success, making schools safe and welcoming places for all, innovative learning approaches and strong leadership, and having made lasting impacts on peoples’ lives.”
More than 140 educators from around B.C. were originally nominated. Winners received their awards last Friday during a ceremony at Government House in Victoria.
White, the principal of Kelowna Secondary, was honoured for continually updating his leadership style, contributing to the creation of a positive school culture, and being a team player who leads with passion, integrity and moral stewardship, according to the release.
Robertson, a teacher at Beairsto Elementary in Vernon, was praised for integrating emerging digital technology tools into the classroom to enhance students’ learning. For example, he has taken students on virtual field trips to a refugee camp in Jordan and to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Gee, a teacher with 32 years’ experience, won plaudits for regularly inviting community members such as a Holocaust survivor, a refugee and a hypnotherapist to address students at Clarence Fulton Secondary. He has also created a global education course.