Friday 11 Oct, 2013

Teachers Matter – Nominate the Professor Dumbledore in your life

Do you have a Ms. Frizzle, Prof. Dumbledore or Mr. Miyagi in your life? Do you know a teacher so thoughtful, brilliant and inspiring that without them school—or your life—just wouldn’t be the same?

EF Education First wants students, parents and teachers to nominate exceptional teachers who are changing the lives of others in profound ways to win $5,000 for their school, plus an added bonus for them and a colleague. Let’s recognize the incredible educators across Canada and thank them for their dedication by acknowledging that Teachers Matter.

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By nominating an inspiring teacher, you’re giving them a chance to receive a grand prize of $5,000 for their school as well as an opportunity to participate in EF’s Science and Innovation Summit in Berlin with a colleague. Four other teachers will receive of $1,000 for their schools.

Submissions have been coming in after Teachers Matter 2013 was launched on World Teachers’ Day on Oct. 5. Tell us about your teacher today to have the chance win a Macbook Air® just for submitting a nomination.

Nominations close Nov. 1, 2013. 

Last year’s winner: Mr. Amedjkouh used his $5,000 to change lives in Africa

Karim Amedjkouh, a Grade 12 teacher at École du Carrefour in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia was last year’s grand-prize winner of the Teachers Matter program. Mr. Amedjkouh’s vision of building bridges between a small Dartmouth school and a group of neglected and marginalized youth in Algeria became a reality with the help of $5,000 from EF. He inspired his students to become global citizens and to break down barriers in Africa by bringing a group of Canadian teens to Algeria to lead a two-week summer camp for underprivileged children and kids with disabilities.

The Teachers Matter $5,000 grant was a godsend, Mr. Amedjkouh says. “Beyond having won $5,000 there are other victories that I relish,” he adds. “That of a bridge between two realities and inclusion of children who live a different life than us … Another dream that was realized was the awareness without borders, without barriers and without judgments for marginalized children.”

What does a winning nomination look like?

Here is last year’s winning nomination from Guylaine Rioux, Secretary at École du Carrefour.

Nomination (English translation) – “Mr. Karim has set up a project for youth with disabilities and disadvantaged children. He is responsible for the student council that organizes activities (dances, annual banquet, splash day, etc.), prepares the week when people come to class to talk about their culture and traditions, and organizes morning soccer games between staff and students. He is greatly appreciated, and his students can count on him outside classroom hours. He creates a climate conducive to classroom education. We congratulate and thank him for making a difference with our teens.”

This year, 10 exceptional teachers will once again be selected as finalists in EF’s Teachers Matter program. Once the finalists are selected, you can head over to EF Tours Canada’s Facebook page and read more about how these educators are making a difference in the lives of their students and colleagues.


Voting opens on November 7 and ends November 25 and the winner will be announced on November 27.  Make sure you show how much you appreciate what these teachers are doing – your vote is the perfect way to thank deserving teachers like Mr. Amedjkouh who go above and beyond!


Take a moment to help a teacher that inspires you by nominating here

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