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Tamanawis Teacher Honoured With Prime Minister’s Award For Teaching Excellence

Debbie Darling, a Grade 11 and 12 chemistry teacher, has been given a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

She was one of 13 teachers chosen in B.C. and one of 59 receiving a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence nationwide. The awards are worth $1,000 and are given directly to the recipients to be used for professional development or tools to improve teaching and learning.

Debbie Stated:
“I am honoured, a little overwhelmed, and very humbled by this award. There are so many dedicated and talented teachers at Tamanawis Secondary, and across British Columbia that never receive this type of recognition, but should.”

Darling’s students and colleagues have shown there appreciation for her as well. One former student in particular stated: “By having Ms. Darling as a teacher and mentor throughout my high school career, I went from being another apathetic student with a C- average to a top-ranked university student

Darling is credited with introducing the first chemistry advanced placement course for her students.  All of her students scored so well that they become eligible for their first-year college/university credit and have also won significant scholarships! She was also noted for leading her students in designing an experiment that won a contest sponsored by the Canadian Space Agency​. Darling also managed to have all her students participate in the Space Shuttle Challenge in Florida.

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