Edward Mah


What the nominator said:

Mr. Edward Mah is an exceptional educator. On the first day of school, he gives each student a heartfelt letter letting them know that he cares. He is so compassionate and kind; the students can relate to him. Years later, they come and visit him. He has changed lives positively for thousands of students (even the hard-to-reach ones). He is passionate about teaching and it shows. He puts in countless extra hours. He runs chess, movie night and all extracurricular activities. He has also led many teams to championships. He himself is a true champion in the education field. I want this unsung hero to be recognized and celebrated.

When he goes back to his former school all of the students are ecstatic to see him. He genuinely cares about the well-being and success of each and every student. I affectionately named him everyone’s “Mahther” (mother).

If you could have any person, dead or alive, fictional or real, come in and speak with your class, who would that be? Why?

I would definitely choose my dad, simply because I miss him. He passed away five years ago from a sudden heart attack and I never got a chance to say goodbye. Not only would I have the chance to hug him one last time, but it would also be exciting to have my dad share with my students’ stories about their teacher. What student wouldn’t want to know what their teacher was like as a kid?

If you win, how will you allocate the Teacher Awards prize money?:

If I win, I would use the money to purchase some iPads and MacBooks for my classroom. Students love using technology and I could just see the smiles on their faces when they get to integrate technology in their learning. I would also buy a tchoukball set. It is a fun and exciting game that I would love to introduce to my students.