FIT Teacher Receives Prime Minister’s Excellence in Teaching Award
Source: Elk Island Public School
Congratulations to Gerald Chung, computer science teacher at Bev Facey Community High School, for receiving the Alberta Certificate of Achievement as part of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence. Mr. Chung teaches Computer Science Advanced Placement and the Cisco Academy in grades 10 to 12, and is being recognized for his unique and inspired approach to teaching. “I really want my students to engage with the material they learn in class, so it’s an honour for me to win this award,” says Mr. Chung. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my students, colleagues, the Bev Facey administrative staff, and my family.”
More than just a computer lab, Mr. Chung’s class is a busy place where students explore a virtual universe and discover the connections that make computers work. Students build and fix a variety of electronics and are provided with endless exciting opportunities and, ultimately, valuable skills for the workforce.
“Mr. Chung transforms a typical classroom into an environment where students want to learn,” says student Jamil Kara. “He moves away from the normal white board approach, and towards a dynamic and easy-to-learn environment where students can not only gain knowledge, but have fun.”
Students not only build computers and networks for school credit, but they are also sought out by the community for their computer, tablet, and Smartphone repair skills and have built up a solid clientele. Upon completion of the Cisco course, Mr. Chung’s students are able to test for A+ Computer Repair certification from CompTIA right at Bev Facey, as the school is an authorized Pearson Vue Testing Centre, started by Mr. Chung himself.
Demonstrating extraordinary commitment to student engagement, Mr. Chung has registered and licensed his school as a Cisco Academy and as a result, his students are heavily involved in the Cisco Netriders competitions, winning gold for Alberta three years in a row.
Mr. Chung’s students also took the Canadian gold in the 2012 PetroChallenge Competition sponsored by Simprentis. They then travelled to England to compete against other countries, and many international students at the university level, and won gold, coming home as champions.
The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence recognizes the efforts of outstanding teachers in all disciplines who instill in their students a love of learning, helping them excel and build a successful future.
The Certificate of Achievement is an extraordinary honour and one well deserved by Mr. Chung for all he has done for his students and school community.