A teacher who was born in Souris, grew up in Cromer, and went to school in Ebor and Virden has been recognized as an Outstanding Science Educator.
Kent Lewarne, a science teacher at Pilot Mound Collegiate, received the award at the 2019 BioScience Association Manitoba (BAM) awards gala in Winnipeg last Thursday.
He was quick to share the credit for his achievement with others, telling the Empire-Advance, “I have had a remarkable career and actually made the decision to become a teacher early in my high school years at VCI. Thanks Al McAulay and George Trowell!”
After 33 years as a teacher, Lewarne has recently been working on special programs focused on the environment, a passion of his.
“The Enbridge Riverwatch program has been going strong across Manitoba. Currently nine of 18 conservation districts in Manitoba are involved in Riverwatch. Also, as a regional manager for Nutrients for Life Canada, I’m able to work with teachers and students Canada-wide on soil science and sustainable agriculture.”
The person who nominated Lewarne for the BAM award highlighted his “frequent outdoor exploration trips with his students, his contributions to the Riverwatch program, and the project-based learning kits he built for students in remote schools.”
The BAM Educator Award is given each year to a teacher who shows leadership and innovation both in and out of the classroom, and who engages their students in creative ways by developing exciting curricula, science clubs, experiments and lectures.
Lewarne received a trophy and cash prize.