Red Deer’s Jeremy Spink is closing in on the opportunity to be named 2020/21 NHL/NHLPA Most Valuable Teacher.
The Eastview Middle School teacher won the title for the month of February after competing against dozens of other teachers across North America. Red Deer Public Schools received a $10,000 grant, and with it, Eastview was able to purchase new technology for classrooms.
Spink is now one of three teachers across the continent and the only Canadian in the running for the technology grant of $20,000 and bragging rights of being named Most Valuable Teacher.
“I didn’t really realize the magnitude of the whole program when I was nominated for February. The amount of support I received from our community was amazing – everyone really rallied around this cause. It was amazing on my part and I was touched by the support. It was such a great feeling,” said Spink.
“To take this to the next level will really be putting Red Deer, Red Deer Public and Eastview Middle School on the map across Canada. To bring our community into the spotlight and show what great things we do in our schools and in our Division would be amazing.”
If successful, Red Deer Public Schools will use the $20,000 prize to support students with technology to help bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics concepts to life at Eastview Middle School.
Community members can cast votes for Spink daily on the Future Goals Teacher of the Year website from May 3-7.
Spink has taught at Eastview for more than 20 years and has incorporated the Future Goals – Hockey Scholar program into his classroom, which is designed to leverage STEM in hockey to create a fun and memorable learning experience.
“It is a great program and it all ties right into our curricular goals,” he said. “I am dedicated to teaching applications for STEM because I know that it not only impacts how healthy and productive students are during this time, but also their well-being and success far beyond the K-12 years.”
Voting ends May 7 and you can cast a vote for Spink at www.nhl.com/community/future-goals-teacher-of-the-year.