Two CBE teachers win the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History

photo: Stuart Gradon, Calgary Herald

Two CBE teachers at Valley Creek School, Sarah Beech and Chad Howie, have won the Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. Among a group of six winners from across the country, Beech and Howie are being recognized for the work they have done with students in teaching them about the Seven Years’ War.

Over a five-week period, students relived the war by learning military tactics, designing an intelligence report, role-playing, and much more. Students also had the chance to re-enact the battle on the Plains of Abraham with over 120 Grade 7 students. This learning concluded with students being asked to consider how different Canada might be today had the French been victorious in the war.

These awards recognize teachers who demonstrate a commitment to Canadian history in their teaching. Six recipients were selected from a group of 18 finalists, with each winning entry receiving $2,500, a medal and a trip for two to the award ceremony in Ottawa.

“It is wonderful to see Chad and Sarah acknowledged in this way. We are so pleased to have such amazing teachers at our school who go above and beyond to make learning meaningful and engaging for our students,” says Carolyn Reed, Principal, Valley Creek School.

Congratulations, Sarah Beech and Chad Howie!

» Calgary Herald article, Dec. 3, 2011



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