Diana Wang-Martin, educator at Glenforest Secondary School, was invited to Parliament Hill in Ottawa to receive her second consecutive Prime Minister Award for Teaching Excellence. This award is one of Canada's highest honours and recognizes educators from across Canada for their significant contributions to education.
Diana has been working with the Peel District School Board for 12 years teaching chemistry, biology and science to students in grades nine to 12. Diana is responsible for launching and organizing numerous academic clubs, including Glenforest STEM and the Nahini Way Lego Robotics club.
"It's an incredible honour to have been nominated by a group of current and former students, and selected by the Prime Minister Award Committee," said Diana Wang-Martin.
Diana is responsible for developing and running one of the largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) conference in Canada. The Glenforest STEM team organizes a variety of events, including the Health Science Symposium, Hour of Code, Technology and "Lead Like a Girl" summits to provide students with hands-on workshops, speed mentoring and speaker forums opportunities that enable students to reach their full potential.
In addition to running the STEM conference, under Diana's guidance, students formed the Glenforest-Nahini Way Lego Robotics Mentorship program – a program that has high school students mentoring their elementary school peers in a variety of subjects, including coding, robotics, science and engineering. This program equips students with 21st century skills by providing them with opportunities to collaborate, design, create, communicate and lead.
"She is a force to be reckoned with and an inspiration to all students and staff at Glenforest who are honoured to have her," says Kathleen Walsh, Head Curriculum.
Since 1993, the Prime Minister's Award program has honoured more than 1,700 outstanding Canadian educators. This award recognizes Canada's top educators and their unique approach to education that help prepare youths to become leaders and innovators.
To read more on Diana's achievements, please visit the Government of Canada website.
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