Kortright Hills PS teacher wins Energy Educator of the Year award
May 8, 2019
GUELPH, Ontario – Cathy Dykstra, a grade 5 teacher at Kortright Hills Public School, has been named the 2019 Classroom Energy Diet Challenge Energy Educator of the Year.
This Canadian Geographic award is presented to a Canadian educator who has participated in at least three Classroom Energy Diet Challenges and who fosters energy literacy in their school and community.
Dykstra was nominated for this award as part of this year’s Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, which was open to more than 1,300 Canadian educators. According to Andrea Buchholz, Education Program Coordinator at Canadian Geographic Education, “It was a very competitive year with very strong candidates.” In an email to Dykstra, Buchholz said, “what you are doing in your school community blew away the judges.”
Dykstra is very active in the school and community when it comes to environmental issues and is most notably recognized for her contributions to the Water Rockers at Kortright Hills PS.
According to Dykstra, “Being recognized for doing something I love to do, means the world to me! Helping my students to thrive as capable and compassionate environmental citizens feels important and gives me hope for our future. I appreciated how these 16 challenges helped to deepen my students’ understanding of their carbon and water footprint and connected beautifully to our other classroom tasks.”