Instructure announces the winners of the Canvas Educator of the Year 2020 award and scholarship winners


“Each winner is committed to providing students with engaging learning experiences where and as they learn this year,” said Melissa Loblé, Director of Customer Experience at Instructure. “I admire their courage and determination as they navigate the changes underway in education and strive to strengthen their communities along the way. Congratulations to all of our winners!”

The winners of the Canvas Educator of the Year 2020 award are, by category:

Elementary:
Andrea Fitch – Second year teacher, Claremont Spanish Immersion (Arlington, Virginia)
While some naysayers have claimed that “you can’t teach the little ones from a distance,” Andrea proved them wrong. She took up the challenge of distance learning to empower and help prepare her students for a changing world. It doesn’t matter that they’re in 2nd grade, many learning English, learning from a distance, and facing various challenges and inequalities at home – she boosts positivity with her students and tells them that they can. She instills a mindset of growth in her students by presenting academic challenges as learning opportunities, and strongly believes in providing personalized learning experiences that foster student collaboration. Having taught in her native Peru, before arriving in the United States and beginning her career as an educator, she has a solid foundation for educating students from various backgrounds and circumstances.

Middle school:
Colleen Haag – Eighth grade teacher, Unami Middle School (Chalfont, Pennsylvania)
Colleen consistently leverages the power of technology to enhance student learning, impacting not only learners in her own classes, but also learners in hundreds of classrooms in her work as a building coach. She works closely with special education teachers to tailor learning activities and adjust outcomes to provide personalized learning experiences and support student achievement at all levels. She instills a sense of curiosity in her students through hands-on science experiments and innovative design projects. With a final master’s goal rather than a grade, it offers students as many attempts as they need to demonstrate their learning. But what sets Colleen apart is her passion to improve and her openness to model, train and support her colleagues, students and their parents.

High school:
Tracey Jensen – Grade 12 teacher, Churchill Fulshear High School (Fulshear, Texas)
During the transition to distance learning, Tracey went beyond helping her students prepare them for their AP exams. The result is that last year 100% of its AP Calculus BC students passed the AP exam, even though they were away for class during the pandemic. She volunteered her own time and resources to get working calculators for the exams. “She is one of the few teachers who teaches us not only the things necessary for a successful class, but also lifelong lessons.” said one of Tracey’s students. With a commitment to broadening the horizons of students, she combines real-life scenarios with foundational programs to deepen understanding and promote student mentorship that will last long after graduation.

Assistant professor:
Sean Nufer, Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Chicago, Illinois)
Sean is an online teacher who focuses on increasing student engagement, improving teaching and learning, and building a collaborative online community. He feels the need to explore and be creative while teaching and learning and believes that the role of today’s students is not simply to read articles, take lecture notes and respond to questions. discussion prompts. While there is a time and place for traditional learning, he believes that today’s students are not only consumers, but also curators and even content creators in their fields and deserve to be. ” have practical experiences as part of their academic career. During his time at Chicago School of Professional Psychology, he redesigned traditionally stimulating courses and gave students the enthusiasm to learn and apply the content.

Associate Professor:
Suzel Molina, Palo Alto College (San Antonio, Texas)
Suzel has been a pioneer in online learning, ensuring that students showcase their academic achievements using ePortfolios to help showcase their skills to potential employers. Suzel takes a relationship-oriented approach with her students: first building trust and understanding their goals and perspectives, then adjusting the content to meet students where they are so they can get to where they want to be. . In addition to helping students bridge the gap between the classroom and their future careers, she also encouraged faculty to seek certification online and mentored them personally. To build faculty confidence in a virtual classroom, Suzel also created a series of template templates to share with a focus on academic and student support resources for students.

Professor:
Vivian Faustino PulliamSan Francisco Municipal College (San Francisco, California)
Vivian strives to be inclusive and consistent in helping minority students achieve their goals, often doing everything possible to ensure that every student has equitable access to learning resources. She receives praise from students for incorporating real-world examples into her accounting courses that provide context beyond the textbook. These activities are known to shape students’ perspective on the accounting methodologies behind software, and have sparked curiosity about what some students see as a traditionally monotonous subject. In addition to her classroom work, she also led the establishment of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which serves to harness and incubate ideas and develop entrepreneurship, providing CCSF students with opportunities to network. with industry leaders and bring their innovative ideas to fruition. Besides the work she does at the CCSF, she also uses Canvas for her volunteer work teaching students who are in refugee camps in countries such as Kenya, Malawi, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Syria.

The Canvas Educator of the Year awards were presented based on the following criteria:

  • How does this educator redefine traditional classroom activities to prepare students for lifelong learning and careers?
  • How does this educator’s classroom experience promote inclusion and improve student outcomes?
  • How does this educator inspire students, arouse curiosity, and support student growth and achievement?

In addition to these awards for educators, Instructure is also proud to recognize four K-12 students as laureates of his $ 25,000 “Note to myself” Scholarship competition. Students were invited to submit a video via social media using the hashtag #CanvasNoteToSelf explaining what they would say to their youngest about the most important lessons they have learned so far in their educational journey, and how Canvas supported this journey. Educators were also invited to nominate students by submitting a video explaining how their student has demonstrated to have learned an important life lesson in their studies and how Canvas has been a part of it. The winners this year are:

Engage in a live conversation with the winners of the Educator of the Year awards for Winners K-12 today at 9:05 am MDT and graduates of higher education at 9:50 a.m. MDT.

About Instructure:
Instructure helps people grow from the first day of school to the last day of work. Over 30 million people use the Canvas learning management platform for schools and the Bridge employee development platform for businesses. Learn more about www.instructure.com.

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Vice-President, Corporate Communications
Instruct
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