Alumni Educator of the Year Award: Nominate Greatness

The Alumni Educator of the Year Award was created by the UBC Faculty of Education to recognize outstanding achievements by alumni who are making exceptional impacts in the lives of their students and learning communities.

Award Criteria

Nominees are individuals who have graduated from the UBC Faculty of Education with a Bachelor of Education, and/or master’s degree, and/or doctoral degree, and are currently working as educators in schools, educational institutions, and/or community organizations. They are individuals who have a record of outstanding teaching practice, which can include evidence of:

  • student engagement and empowerment;
  • incorporation of equity, diversity and inclusion into teaching; and/or
  • leadership within their school/organization and, if applicable, in the community.

Nominees must have a minimum of five years’ teaching experience. While previous award winners are not eligible, previous nominees may be re-nominated.

Letters and references of support can be included in the nomination package from students, parents, and/or colleagues. Nominators do not have to be alumni from UBC.

Questions? Please contact or (604) 827-2221

2022 Recipients

Ashwani Kumar (PhD’11) and Janis Sawatzky (BEd’14, Dip (Ed)’17), Winners of the 2022 UBC Faculty of Education Alumni Educator of the Year Award!

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2023 Nominations

2023 nominations will open in early 2023.