HALIFAX, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Steven Van Zoost, a high school English teacher
at Avon View High School, is the 2007 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's
Teaching Award. In a ceremony held today at the Red Room, Province House, the
Honourable Mayann E. Francis, ONS, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and
Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Mary-Lou Donnelly presented Van Zoost
with the award, a specially designed Nova Scotian Crystal sculpture and a
framed certificate to recognize this achievement.
Van Zoost teaches advanced English, Film & Video Productions, and an IB
course, the Theory of Knowledge video, at the Windsor-based school. Van Zoost
was part of the writing team for Advanced English 11 and piloted the course
and has written the advanced English 12 curriculum guide for the province and
developed an on-line component for the course.
"As a teacher I can see how young people create hope for their lives in
our classrooms and in our schools," said Van Zoost. "I have been fortunate to
regularly witness students' transformations as they challenge their own
understandings of the world. Contrary to how they are frequently depicted in
media, it is my experience that young people are interested in learning and
determining their role in the world. This creates great hope in my life and I
am grateful to be working in the teaching profession."
He has been very involved in the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, having
served as the chair of the provincial equity, professional development and
curriculum committees and was elected as an NSTU delegate for the Canadian
Teachers' Federation. For the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board he was
part of the assessment, fine arts, language arts, middle level education and
school-wide enrichment leadership teams.
He has brought his passion for teaching and teachers to the world scene,
spending his summers in countries including Mongolia and India as part of the
Canadian Teachers' Federation development program Project Overseas. Recently
he was in South Africa volunteering with a film crew that is producing an
academic film about technology in the classroom. They had filmed in his
classroom and classrooms in South Africa to support research being done at
Her Honour, the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, Lieutenant Governor of
Nova Scotia, said young people need great teachers to properly prepare them
for an increasingly complex and competitive world. "Today's young people will
inherit a world full of challenges. A good education is crucial to finding the
solutions," she said.
"I am so pleased to be presenting this award to Steven," says Donnelly.
"His involvement with students and teachers not only in his own community but
in those around the world inspires us all. He truly reflects the outstanding
work done daily by teachers."
Van Zoost was a member of the Education faculty of Mount Saint Vincent
University in 2005-06, where he taught teachers in Masters Programs and
continued to work on his Doctorate in Philosophy, Education from the
University of South Australia. He has a Masters of Education in Curriculum
from Acadia University, and a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts, and
Bachelor of Commerce, from Mount Allison University.
He received a Roy C. Hill Award (a national award for innovative
classroom practices) from the Canadian Teachers' Federation 1997 and a
Governor General's Gold Medal, in Educational Research, from Acadia
Former Lieutenant Governor Myra A. Freeman, O.N.S. in partnership with
the Nova Scotia Teachers Union in 2005 instituted the Lieutenant Governor's
Teaching Award. Each year a teacher is selected to represent the teaching
profession in Nova Scotia. To be eligible, the teacher representative must be
a member of the NSTU and be a currently active teacher or administrator in the
public school or Community College system.
For further information:
For further information: Angela Murray, (902) 477-5621, cell: (902)