Stephen Blum, One of 10 Teachers Recognized for Commitment, Dedication at 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – Truro, NS – Ten teachers employed with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) were honoured tonight by CCRSB and the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union (NSTU) for their unwavering commitment to student success at the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards ceremony. Accompanied by family and friends, the 10 teachers were feted for their creativity, kindness and dedication to their craft.
“Tonight’s recipients are unfailingly dedicated to the craft of teaching,” said Trudy Thompson, CCRSB Board Chair. “Innovative classroom practice; the ability to make students care and retain subject matter; participation in extracurricular activities and fundraising events; and acting as a mentor for colleagues and fully participating in Professional Learning Communities. Those are just some of the reasons tonight’s recipients were nominated and are being honoured with an Excellence in Teaching Award.”
Each year, the NSTU and CCRSB come together to recognize those teachers within the school board who truly exemplify excellence in teaching. Each recipient’s nomination must be supported by letters from school administration, a colleague and a member of the local community (this can be a student, parent/guardian or another community member). This is the 17th year for the awards program.
Stephen Blum, Amherst Regional High School
The students and staff at Amherst Regional High hold Stephen Blum in the highest regard. A man of action, he is always on the go, but never too busy to help a student who asks. Stephen is Amherst Regional High’s ambassador for international students. He is well-known for taking the time – ahead of the students’ first day of class – to get to know their backgrounds and culture. He does this so he can connect with them individually, to let them know that he is there to support them in their growth and journey. Stephen’s students have come to expect a high integration of technology in their day-to-day work. Much of his program centers on CCRSB’s Moodle, where students can find their assignments at home or at school. There is no excuse for failure when Mr. Blum is around. A master teacher, Stephen is intelligent, open to learning and always, always focused on student success first.