Red Deer science teacher receives national recognition –

A teacher from Glendale Sciences and Technology School has received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Lindsay Unland, senior science and technology teacher, received a certificate for her work in making science and technology interesting and fun for all students.

When Unland heard that she had been nominated by her colleagues, she felt honored.

“Reading what my colleagues said and wrote about me was incredibly moving and filled me with so much gratitude and appreciation,” she said. “When I heard that I was going to receive the award, I was overwhelmed.”

In her role, Unland coordinates the school’s science and technology activities for students from kindergarten through grade 8.

She explained that the teachers have scheduled time to discuss and explore the curriculum together, and to brainstorm different activities and lessons for the students.

“Implementing the new science curriculum has given us a fresh start to explore creative ways to teach the content. I take those brainstorm ideas and help develop hands-on, engaging activities for students,” Unland said. “I enjoy working with our 6th, 7th and 8th graders by teaching our STEM-related option courses to emphasize STEM content and build student capacity.”

Unland began teaching in 2007, spending two years at Glendale Sciences and Technology School.

“I’ve always loved science and knew I wanted to do something related to it. When I was choosing my university path, I chose a combined science and education program,” she said. “I enjoyed working with young people and through that program and my internship, I discovered my love for teaching a subject that I’m passionate about.”

Unland added that it was a great experience to be able to share her passion for STEM with her students.

“I believe that learning science should be experiential, hands-on and interactive. The opportunity to play a role in bringing that vision to life at our school has been incredibly fulfilling and rewarding,” she said.

Sandre Bevan, principal of Glendale Sciences and Technology School, said Unland has completely transformed the way STEM subjects are taught at the school.

“Thanks to her leadership, STEM is now a vital part of our approach to education, not just a label,” Bevan said. “Students have developed a new passion for science under her leadership. Lindsay’s remarkable impact on STEM education at Glendale makes her truly worthy of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.”

**With information provided by Red Deer Public Schools.