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Tim Stephenson, a science teacher at Walnut Grove Secondary School in Langley, British Columbia was a recipient of the Prime Ministers Award for Teaching Excellence in 2018.
He is an environmental champion who gets his students excited about science. Shaping his teaching to encourage students to engage in science 24 hours a day, he uses SnapChat, Twitter and a very popular course on astronomy to get students talking about science and connecting it to their life.
- Created only astronomy course in school district, which students flock to; course led to public outreach opportunities such as star parties and solar eclipse viewing.
- Lead a year-long research project in the high school, studying the effects of ocean acidification and rising water temperatures on corals and crustaceans.
- Inspired by Tim, students launched the Engineering Club, meeting regularly after school to transform single-use plastic items bags into permanent and useful objects like plastic bricks.
- Coordinated science-based field trip to Hawaii to teach students about geology, astronomy, marine biology, agriculture, and the history and culture of Hawaii
- Was featured at a local TEDx event, speaking about the importance of teachers, the near future of the environmental sciences, and the joy of learning
Jordan first encountered the complexity of plastic pollution as a journalist covering a conference on the issue. He then joined the 5 Gyres Institute on an expedition through the North Atlantic Gyre from Bermuda to New York City collecting ocean samples the whole way and finding microplastics in every sample. The documentary A Plastic Ocean presents everything he has learned and more, and he is very excited to help spread this important resource and to work with Plastic Oceans Canada to create a wave of change in Quebec and across the country.