Each year, teaching excellence is recognized across Maple Leaf with the Superintendent’s Award. This award is handed out annually to educators within Maple Leaf that have demonstrated exceptional educational practices. Teachers are nominated by their schools based on criteria that include: classroom pedagogy, positive student relationships, impacts of learning, innovation, and contribution to school community.
This past year we had two recipients of this esteemed award: Mr. James McNamara and Ms. JungA Kim.
“Mr. James” has been actively involved in the development of our downtown students for the past two years and has impacted all levels of learning. His presence has been most notable in our Pre-Kindergarten cohort where he has used his excellent Mandarin skills to help bridge understanding for new language learners and accelerate English spoken language and literacy for our youngest students. Mr. James is back again with us this year as our Grade 2/3 Homeroom teacher at our Downtown Campus. Congratulations Mr. James!
Ms. JungA Kim has been with Maple Leaf since 2017 and MLFNS since 2019. She has had an incredible impact on our Middle School students and has been a huge driver behind our student council. Ms. Kim’s presence has allowed students to develop strong academic written language skills that have allowed MLFNS graduates to place at the top of the system-wide Maple Leaf English Language Test that is used for High School entrance and placement into our World School program. Ms. Kim has returned home to be with family this year, but she is still maintaining a connection to the Maple Leaf family as an online teacher. Congratulations to Ms. Kim!
Each year, MLFNS is credited for outstanding teaching. We have established designed mentorship programs for incoming teachers to ensure quality of instruction and fidelity. Our school has developed a reputation for excellence in instructional planning and practice that has been recognized by the BC Ministry Inspection Teams with multiple commendations. These programs help us create legacy teaching practices at our school that ensure that students are receiving excellent educational instruction year over year.