Lillooet Secondary School teacher Kim Halayko is one of 27 education professionals from across B.C. named as finalists in the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education.
The awards honour the efforts of those who go “above and beyond” to make life better for students in B.C.
Halayko was nominated for the Diversity and Inclusion Award, along with educators from Ecole Dr. Charles Best Secondary School in Coquitlam and Salmon Arm Secondary School – Sullivan campus.
“To tell you the truth, it is really humbling,” Halayko told the News. There are so many amazing, hardworking teachers doing incredibly creative work with students all over our province. It is surreal that I have been nominated, let alone chosen as a finalist.”
According to a news release from the Province of B.C. the three nominees in the Diversity and Inclusion category:
- Ensured all learners were welcome and valued as contributing members of the classroom and school.
- Provided opportunities for students to build an understanding of the diverse society we live in and supported students to treat each other with dignity and respect.
- Fostered an environment of personal empowerment and self-determination by: 1)
enabling students to develop a sense of self-worth and personal initiative and 2.promoting an understanding of the importance of physical health and well-being.
The awards were launched Apr. 23, 2018, during B.C.’s Education Week. A total of 188 nominations were received in nine categories; seven honour the dedication of teachers; one recognizes principals, vice-principals and administrators; and another celebrates support staff.
Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony at Government House in Victoria on World Teachers’ Day, Oct. 5, 2018. Premier John Horgan, Minister of Education Rob Fleming and Lt. Gov. Janet Austin will be in attendance.
Each winner will receive a $3,000 personal bursary for professional learning, and a $2,000 contribution to their school community for professional learning.