Year: 2014 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence Recipient
Smithers Secondary School
4408 3rd Avenue
Smithers, British Columbia V0J 2N0
Subjects and grades taught: Metal Work for Grades 8-12
Rick Hubert's reputation as an energetic and charismatic teacher is one reason students flock to his classroom. Whether they are newbies or shop veterans, they know they will be exposed to a variety of rewarding and challenging school projects.
In Mr. Hubert's classroom, the learning experience is always personalized to cater to the needs and skill set of each student. By exposing them to the wider community, he has shown his students the importance and the benefits of helping those in need and of improving the world around them.
- Received $11,000 in grants from BC Hydro, Northern Healthy Living, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and School District #54 to build a year round geodesic dome greenhouse and biomeiler (120 cubic meter composting heater).
- Received $1,000 from Ground Breakers, a local garden group that supports students' gardening projects during the summer such as selling their produce at local farmers' markets;
- Designed and built a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) plasma cutter/milling machine with recycled materials which allows students to cut their own designs in the classroom;
- Involved staff in school-wide projects (e.g., promoting the growing of microgreens in classrooms and presenting to colleagues on how to use them);
- Participated in professional development activities by sharing his expertise with other groups (e.g., collaborating on soil analysis samples with Amish scientists in Middleton, Ohio, and presenting at Northwest Community College Green Initiatives).
What really makes Mr. Hubert a unique educator is that he has a very progressive vision, and he possesses the skills and knowledge to pursue his ideas and educate others about improvements that can and should be made.
Mr. Hubert's Metalwork classes were the few classes that kept our son attending school when he might have otherwise quit high school altogether. He supported and encouraged our son's enthusiasm for metal fabrication and welding.
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