Manitoba Pork is Recognizing the Hard Work of Teachers Across the Province
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have had to pivot and adapt while still going above and beyond for their students.
To say thank you, Manitoba Pork launched “Manitoba’s Best Teacher”, a contest that gave students, parents, and fellow educators an opportunity to nominate their favourite teachers.
Out of 403 nominees, four teachers were chosen to receive extra recognition along with a $500 Visa gift card and a pork-based lunch for their school staff.
Due to a positively overwhelming response in submissions, we chose an additional four winners who were presented with $500 toward improving their school.
Thank you Manitoba Teachers for all of the hard work you have done – especially over the past 15 months. Manitoba Pork will continue to recognize and support you.
Winners of $500 Visa gift card and a pork-based lunch for all staff at the school.
- M. Hirsch, Springfield Middle School, Oakbank
- J. Maclennan, Royal School, Winnipeg
- L. Creighton, Rivers Elementary School
- C. Ziegler, Elwick Community School, Winnipeg
Winners of $500 to use towards their school.
- P. Poudrier, École régionale Notre-Dame, Notre Dame de Lourdes
- M. Lesiuk, Highbury School, Winnipeg
- L. Bachewich, Erickson Elementary, Erickson
- M. Turabian, Phoenix School, Headingly
Read the winning teachers’ heartfelt nominations
"I would like to nominate Ciara Ziegler as Manitoba’s best teacher because she honestly deserves it. She is caring and the most genuine teacher who goes above and beyond for her students during a pandemic! She keeps her students safe by purchasing sanitizer, Lysol wipes, cleaning supplies, you name it from her own wallet. She always provides snacks and food for her students because they sometimes come to school hungry, and no one can work on an empty stomach. Ciara has pivoted all year back and forth to in-person learning and to remote learning from September- June. She continuously puts her students’ mental health and well-being first. Students will always remember their school year during the pandemic for years to come, and I can say whole heartedly they will have good memories because Ms. Ziegler keeps her students safe, engaged, and makes learning fun even during the most difficult times."School Name: Elwick Community School
School Location: Winnipeg
"Whether it was teaching in class or remotely Jamie was able to keep his students engaged in their learning. This teacher had to adapt quickly because his classroom was split into two classrooms in order to maintain social distancing. Running between both classes and learning to do live stream classes meant going above and beyond of what is expected of an already exceptional teacher."School Name: Royal School
School Location: Winnipeg
"Laurie has gone above and beyond the call of duty and demonstrated extraordinary leadership during the pandemic. To name just a couple of things she has achieved during the pandemic: she organized a parade through the three communities last spring so her staff could connect with their students, recorded videos of herself reading in costume so her students could still be read to at home, implemented the numerous changes in COVID protocols, and ensured staff and students' safety has remained priority #1. In a normal year Laurie is the type of principal who is amazing, but during the pandemic she has truly shown that kindness, caring, compassion, respect, and safety can get a school through anything. I am a teacher at the high school in the community of Erickson and what I have mentioned above only scratches the surface of what I know Laurie strives to do for her students on a daily basis. I know her staff, students, and parents would all concur that she is a humble person who deserves to be recognized for her tremendous contributions and incredible leadership."School Name: Erickson Elementary
School Location: Erickson