Van Tech Teacher Among Three Canadians Shortlisted for Million Dollar Teaching Prize

Three teachers from Canada have been included in the top 50 shortlist for a new one million dollar Global Teacher Prize.


Vancouver Technical Secondary School's Mark Reid will compete for the $1 million Varkey GEMS Foundation Global Teacher Prize

Referred to by some as the Nobel prize for teaching, it is the largest prize of its kind and is open to teachers in every school in every country of the world. Applicants will be judged on how they open up their pupil's minds, how much they contribute to the community, and how much they encourage others to become teachers. 

The top 50 have been shortlisted from over 5,000 nominations and 1,300 final applications from 127 countries from around the world including the US, UK, Italy, Kenya, Uganda, India, Afghanistan, Australia, Argentina Mexico and Jordan, amongst others. The top 50 shortlist has representatives from 26 countries and by highlighting their stories the Varkey GEMS Foundation hopes that the public will be able to join in passionate debates about which are the most important qualities in a good teacher. The winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on Monday 16 March 2015.

"Attracting the best people to teaching, developing and supporting their skills, and holding our teachers in high regard - all are critically important to achieve excellence, both in teaching and learning," said former US President Bill Clinton, Honorary Chairman of the Varkey GEMS Foundation.



Mark teaches band, choir, symphony orchestra and theatre at Vancouver Technical Secondary School, where he has spent most of his career. He also teaches orchestra at Saint James Music Academy, an after-school orchestra program for vulnerable children living in Canada's most impoverished neighbourhood.

He was recognised nationally as the 2013 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year for his commitment to inclusive classrooms, comprised of students with a variety of cognitive, psychosocial, and emotional challenges.

Mark has developed a purpose-built music theory and musicianship program that is now in use at two other schools. His students have performed diverse music from all over the world, sometimes using authentic instruments when possible.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Varkey GEMS Foundation Global Teacher Prize.

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