A West Kelowna teacher has been recognized for excellence in teaching.
Dan Massey of Constable Neil Bruce (CNB) Middle School has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM for 2018.
Massey teaches math and the maker course to grades 7 and 8, and aims to give his students skills they can use long after they leave school.
“We at CNB are so very proud of Dan,” said Dayne Hart of CNB. “Dan’s classroom is awe-inspiring as it contains everything from robots to 3D printers.”
He is one of two recipients of the award in B.C. honoured for their leadership, exemplary teaching methods and their commitment to help the next generation gain knowledge and skills needed for success.
He integrates art, math, science, English, and technology to create projects and tasks that engage young teens.
Massey is praised for taking the mystery out of electronic devices by teaching students how they work but designing projects that appeal to their interests. For example, students design artwork in 3D modelling software, convert and upload their file to a di-cutting program, and place the final vinyl design in a heat press to make a custom t-shirt.
He has also introduced new technologies to the school, such as virtual reality goggles, and he created the schools new “maker” course.
"Mr. Massey has taught me that failure is only another opportunity to learn, that success is just the first step of revision, and to persevere until your mind is satisfied with your accomplishments,” said one of his students.