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Kara Dawson from School District #71 teacher in Courtenay has been awarded a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM, Certificate of Achievement.

The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence in STEM honour outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers at the elementary or secondary school level who keep students engaged in STEM learning and who help develop the culture of innovation that Canada needs today, and in the future.

Ms. Dawson is a district leader in technology education and brings cutting-edge technology to elementary schools in her area, introducing tools to support students who struggle in the traditional classroom and supporting educators so they can integrate STEM into their teaching.

A complete bio of Ms. Dawson is available at:

The Prime Minister’s Awards, offered at the Certificate of Excellence (national) and Certificate of Achievement (regional) levels, carry cash prizes of $5,000 and $1,000 respectively. Each recipient receives a letter and a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

Mary H. Lee

Communications, School District 71 (Comox Valley)