Vote for Teacher Awards Semi-Finalist Jordan Smith #CFTeacherAwards



Where does one begin describing Jordan Smith and what he does, not only for his students, but for education in general? Let us begin in his classroom. He believes that his students, and all students at Brentwood for that matter, need holistic education. He truly believes that mind, heart and body have to be nurtured in school, and he does it in so many ways. He seems to find ways to allow every student to shine. In academics, he runs the Science Olympics for the school, leads our students to the Young Author’s Conference, oversees CanSpell and offers student support every morning before school, not to mention chess club and literature mentor training. His classroom gets some odd glances from visitors to our school, with his basket chairs, impromptu yoga sessions and a seemingly constant hodgepodge of music. He also feels character growth is of paramount importance for students. For years now his students have run a clothing drive for a local shelter; now seven other schools are involved. It’s not just collecting the clothing though—he gets on a bus with his students and they hand deliver the clothing to the Bissell Centre, so that they can see the impact of their choice. There is also Operation Christmas Child, Project Love and the Terry Fox Run that he helps organize, all to show students that we are citizens of a global community and that we need to be involved. His dedication to his profession is equally strong. PD days in our district, conventions and provincial conferences will find Jordan leading a session, offering technology and literacy training for teachers. His use of technology in the classroom is yet another skill that sets him apart. Outside of school he is equally committed, serving as VP teacher wellness, ARA representative and C2 committee member, just to list a few, acting as a voice for teachers. I will leave you with a story that sums up Jordan Smith: Seven years ago he felt that students needed to be more effective with their communication skills, so he started a school speech competition. Seven years later, he has spread it to 24 other district schools, securing funding personally. More than 7,000 students have been impacted by his program, in which he has involved the premier, the minister of education, the mayor and many others who share his vision. Oh, and just because he felt it was right, he started an auction at the event that has raised more than $16,000 for a local charity. That’s Jordan. — Colleague