A Brampton Teacher Has Received a Very Prestigious Award

Published May 24, 2019 at 5:55 am

A good teacher is an irreplaceable asset to a school and can help students learn how to challenge and believe in themselves.

A good teacher is an irreplaceable asset to a school and can help students learn how to challenge and believe in themselves. Now, a teacher from Brampton has recently received a very prestigious award for all the work he’s done for his school and students.

Scott Currie is a teacher at Jean Augustine Secondary School. He teaches grades 9 to 12 Technological Design. Now, he has been awarded a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM Certificate of Achievement.

The award honours outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers at the elementary or secondary school level. These teachers work tirelessly to keep students engaged and interested in STEM learning.

Currie is described as dedicated to pushing the boundaries of design, as well as seeking to bring value and meaning back into student work. He discovers each student’s interests and encourages them to follow them through design. He also practices what he preaches, and is pursuing a master’s degree in health sciences, focused on 3D prosthetic design.

Currie is responsible for many achievements and improvements. As an example of his efforts, he has students design and creates products with a purpose and impact, including a new kitchen for the local food bank.

Some other achievements he accomplished include:

  • Opening three brand new schools for the board, delivering state-of-the-art facilities and 21st-century learning environments, and launching a robotics team.

  • Developing a 3D design lab at his current school that rivals the best post-secondary and industrial facilities in the country.

  • Worked with a group of students to form The Colectve, a design organization through which students take on projects for individuals and organizations beyond the school.

Perhaps the best example of Currie’s work as a teacher is a statement from one of his students according to his official bio: “Before enrolling in [Mr. Currie’s] class, I never truly understood the impact that an educator can have on a student and their character, Regardless of his endless commitments, Mr. Currie has proven that his priority lies in student success and well-being.” 

The Prime Minister’s Awards are offered through the Certificate of Excellence (a national level award) and the Certificate of Achievement (a regional level award). They also have cash prizes of $5,000 and $1,000 respectively. A recipient will receive a letter and a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

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