Nanaimo teacher awarded 2019 Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education

Nanaimo teacher awarded 2019 Premier's Award for Excellence in Education
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Chad Jobe (back row second from left) awarded 2019 Premier's Award for Excellence in Education

A coordinator and teacher with Nanaimo/Ladysmith School District 68 is one of ten recipients of the 2019 Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education.

Chad Jobe was selected from among 140 nominations received between January and April 2019, which was then narrowed down to 30 finalists.

The 10 winners were announced on Friday in Victoria.

“All British Columbians benefit from the outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators and support workers,” said Premier John Horgan.

Jobe was awarded the Social Equity and Diversity Award for his work in creating “inclusive and experiential learning opportunities so all students can be successful in the classroom and beyond.”

“My end goal is to get kids sharing their knowledge,” said Jobe.

“Social justice here allows every kid to have a voice and to share their own world experience.”

Jobe teaches more than 50 students from grades 8 to 12 in the About Program, which incorporates unique learning opportunities using Indigenous cultural education as the foundation to core academics.

“He teaches kids how to me a member of a team and he engages them,” said Brett Hanocock, SD68 District Principal.

“He improves opportunities and life chances of every one of them.”

Jobs also helps students create a weekly podcast on topics such as racism and poverty.

“We call Chad the kid whisperer,” said student support teacher leader Clay Aitken.

“He’s awesome and the kids want to be awesome, and they want to do their best.”

The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education were launched in 2018 as a means of honouring the outstanding achievements of public, independent and First Nations school-system teachers, principals, vice-principals, administrators and support staff in the K-12 school system.

Winners of this year’s Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education received a commemorative work of art by Claire Jorgensen, a 17-year-old Reynolds Secondary school student (SD 61, Greater Victoria).

They also received a $3,000 personal bursary for professional learning and a $2,000 contribution to their school community for professional learning.


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