Joan Kilban says she now knows how the Oscar winner feels.
Kilban, a fifth grade teacher at Hingham Public Schools in Hingham, Massachusetts, is the Most Valuable Future Teacher for Purpose presented by SAP.
He smiled and cried when he was told that he won an award at the Zoom rally. Kilban’s smile grew bigger as the Boston Bruins advanced Charlie Coyle, his favorite player on his favorite team, joined the call to congratulate him and run several lessons with his students.
“I’m really speechless, you don’t know what this means to me,” Kilban said. “Years when you listened to the Academy Awards and people said, ‘Oh, it’s an honor to be nominated,’ sometimes you roll your eyes and you think, ‘Yes, that’s right,’ everyone wants to win. But legally, I know how it feels now.
“I have been the most extraordinary recipient of community support, not only from my hometown, the city where I teach, former colleagues, but most importantly, it gives me the opportunity to reconnect with so many students and families of the past. I think everyone should be able to go through this process because it’s only real. I have been floating above the clouds since this all happened. “
Kilban will accept a trip for two to the NHL Awards in Las Vegas or other similar prizes. In addition, SAP announced that they donated $ 30,000 worth of technology equipment to its school district.
Megan Campedel, an eighth grade teacher at Avonworth Middle School in Pittsburgh, and Jennifer Armstrong, a seventh and eighth grade teacher at Owen J. Roberts Middle School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, are other finalists. SAP will donate $ 10,000 worth of technology equipment to each school district.
“This will make a tremendous difference in our school system, especially considering the time,” Kilban said of SAP’s contribution. “All school systems now face unpredictable difficult economic times and difficult decisions with budgets must be made. Needless to say, that kind of money will make a big difference, and the time cannot be better.”
Three finalists emerged from a field of 36 teachers from all over the United States and Canada who competed over the past three months to become the Most Valuable Teachers of the Future.
Fans choose the Most Valuable Teacher of the Year of Goals of the Year by visiting NHL.com/mvt during Teacher’s Appreciation Week from May 4-8 and voting for their favorite candidates.
Amy Schultz, senior director of SAP Global Sponsorships, said SAP “was honored to participate in the NHL / NHL Association’s Most Valuable Players Association program that celebrates our teacher heroes – Joan, Jennifer and Megan and all the teachers who inspire us during difficult times. this.
“At SAP, we have long supported STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and digital literacy, including with NHL and EVERFI, and hope that our contribution to new technology resources in schools can play an impactful role in enhancing learning experiences. for students throughout the country. “
Coyle said he was pleased that Kilban students studied almost using the Hockey Scholar program while their school was closed due to concerns about coronavirus.
“I truly admire and appreciate everything you do,” Coyle told his colleague Weymouth, Massachusetts, a native. “Hearing your students talk about you, how to present yourself, I see you on many different social media platforms, NHL Instagram, and I’m looking forward to watching it all. I talk about you to my sister, my family. You are buzzing around again city. “
NHL and NHLPA provide free remote access to Hoki Scholar for teachers and parents for the first time.
This program, supported by EVERFI and part of the NHL initiative and the NHLPA Future Goals, uses hockey to teach STEM to elementary and middle school students. Previously only available through educational institutions and teachers.
“We are very pleased to work with our partners at SAP, NHLPA and EVERFI to support teachers and students in three local schools and surprise them with this contribution which will leave a lasting impact on this community,” said Rob Knesaurek, NHL group representative for youth hockey president and industrial growth. “Access to computer equipment is very important during this distance learning and we love to use our sport and the Most Valuable Teacher Program in the Future presented by SAP to create an unforgettable experience for students and teachers to build stronger and more vibrant communities. “
Rob Zepp, NHLPA special project manager, agrees.
“During the virtual ‘award ceremony’, it became clear the positive impact of these teachers on the lives of their students,” he said. “Acknowledging the extraordinary work and dedication of these three local teachers is a symbol of the extraordinary efforts of all educators throughout North America, especially in these uncertain times.”
More than 3.1 million students have participated in the Future Goals program throughout North America since it was founded in 2014, accounting for more than 6.5 million learning hours.
Students who have participated in this program saw their STEM skills increase by 82 percent, and teachers who included them in their student courses said they would recommend this program to fellow educators.
Parents, students and teachers can access the Future Goals program for free by visiting NHL.com/futuregoals. Families can also follow and join conversations on social media by searching for #HockeyAtHome and #HockeyScholar.
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