Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Prime minister recognizes Delta Catholic teacher

Wanda Graham (left) poses for a photo with Delta - Richmond-East
MP Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, who presented a Prime Minister's
Teaching Award for teaching excellence to Graham at an
assembly at Sacred Heart Elementary School Oct. 19.
Nathan Rumohr / The B.C. Catholic.
Wanda Graham receives a teaching award for her use of technology in her classroom

The B.C. Catholic
has a story about a Sacred Heart Elementary School teacher who recently received the Prime Minister's Teaching Award for teaching excellence:
Four years ago Wanda Graham received one of her greatest teaching challenges: incorporating 21st-century technologies into her classroom. The Grade 6 teacher from Sacred Heart Elementary School, then 60, barely knew how to use her computer, let alone how to incorporate YouTube videos and use digital whiteboards.

But after persevering and learning to utilize the new technologies she is now referred to as the "video queen" by her teaching peers. Her hard work also led her to be recognized as one of the best teachers in Canada: she has won the Prime Minister's Teaching Award for teaching excellence.

"My response to the new technology was, 'You're kidding me, I can't do this, this is way beyond me,'" Graham told The B.C. Catholic after receiving the award Oct. 19 at an assembly in Sacred Heart's gymnasium.

Graham, who started teaching in the 1970s, now says she won't go back to the days of chalk boards.

"I wouldn't go back to the old way if you paid me; I would quit first. I wouldn't do it! It was so boring!"
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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