UBC BEd Alumni Receive Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence

This year, two UBC Bachelor of Education program alumni were recipients of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Fifty-four national level recipients were awarded this year (35 K-12 teachers and 19 Early Childhood Education teachers). Congratulations to Tiffany Poirier and Scott Ormiston!

Tiffany Poirier Certificate of Excellence

Stephen Harper_Tiffany PoirierTiffany graduated from the UBC Bachelor of Education program (2006) in the Elementary option’s Early Literacy cohort and went on to receive her Master of Education (MEd) in 2012.

A Challenge Teacher for Gifted Education, Tiffany is currently teaching at Prince Charles Elementary in the Surrey School District. Among her many accomplishments, Tiffany wrote and illustrated a children’s inquiry-based learning book, Q is for Question, An ABC of Philosophy, gave talks at the World Gifted Conference and TEDxVictoria, and developed “The Teaching Coats Project,” a successful professional development workshop and retreat for teachers.

Tiffany is a featured alum in our “Hear From Our Grads” section

Scott Ormiston Certificate of Achievement

Along with receiving the PM’s Award this year, Scott Ormiston is the 2014 co-recipient for the UBC Faculty of Education’s Alumni Teacher Award.

Scott-OrmistonWith a caring approach, Scott has contributed to improved student engagement and success for students in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District. For 43 consecutive years, Scott has volunteered as a coach in both schools and communities. Additionally, Aboriginal student graduation rates in Scott’s school district have increased almost 20 per cent since 2012. Scott’s implementation of a case management model and his extensive experience teaching and coordinating secondary school special needs programs have directly contributed to these gains.

In addition to his role as an instructor with the formal education system, Scott has taken on several mentorship positions within the broader community. He consistently mentors student teachers within the district, and is an excellent role model towards his younger colleagues.



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