2014 Medal Winners | francais

The 2014 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (British Columbia and Yukon)

is awarded to

Susan Hunter-Jivung

"Winning this award is a lovely complement from my colleagues and students. I am very appreciative of people taking time to say a few kind words. Being active in the Physics teaching community really helps me to see the forest through the trees. I greatly treasure the BCAPT and the network of amazing academic opportunities presented to my students through motivated teachers and professors. Here in BC we work together to run events for physics students, of all ages, to go beyond the curriculum in exams and challenges to create excellence in physics and enthusiasm for our subject. This award is a commendation of our whole team." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2014 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (British Columbia and Yukon) is awarded to Susan Hunter-Jivung, Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School, in recognition of for her expertise in encouraging students to attain the highest standards in physics, which have resulted in her students receiving a broad range of local and national awards in physics. announcement

Susan Hunter-Jivung has devoted much of her time to recruiting, mentoring and inspiring teens to embrace physics challenges at the university level. She runs physics and science challenge clubs which undertake many competitions and supports students in the pursuit of excellence. This has resulted in much success and seven consecutive years of regional and national science fair winners. In 2012, Susan was recognized by the South Fraser Science Fair with the award for the outstanding teacher mentor.

As an innovative teacher, Susan served on the advisory committee for technology in the science 9 curriculum. This lead to the adoption of Vernier materials and a number of web based activities. Through mentoring a SFU program she taught new applications guiding teachers into renewed practice. Susan is a regular presenter at teaching conferences. Her topics include energy conservation, new technologies and equality awareness. Over the past three years she has been working with her physics students on pilot projects for BC Hydro, Translink, and Pulse Energy on energy issues. She has incorporated PHET, video making and facebook into her physics classroom.

Susan became involved with being a teacher sponsor for the introduction of the international Physics Masterclass to BC universities. She held after school tutorials for participants, to prepare for the workshops on particle Physics. Her involvement has been described by Marcello Pavan of Triumf at UBC as: “absolutely invaluable, helping us develop the program during the first few nascent attempts at the Masterclasses - it is clear that not only does she care deeply about her students and their learning, she is a dedicated educator with very high standards.”

Throughout her teaching career, Susan has been involved in outdoor education and leadership programming. She believes in providing opportunities to broaden her physics student’s experiences and involvement in the real world. nominator citation

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