Red Deer Public School Division

Local in the running for NHL/NHLPA Most Valuable Teacher award

Eastview Middle School Teacher Jeremy Spink has been selected as a nominee for the 2020/21 NHL/NHLPA Most Valuable Teacher for the month of February.

Spink is one of 20 teachers from across North America who are vying for the title. The teacher selected as this month’s finalist will win a personalized NHL club jersey and a $10,000 technology grant for their school to help bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics concepts to life for students.

The grand prize winner, announced in May, will receive an additional $20,000 for their school, and $1,000 towards a personal technology device to improve their virtual classroom experience.

“It was a shock to find out that I was a finalist, but it’s really exciting,” said Spink, who is also a minor hockey coach and runs a charity hockey tournament every year to raise money for Melanoma research and other local charities.

Spink has incorporated the Future Goals™ - Hockey Scholar program into his classroom, which is designed to leverage STEM in hockey to create a fun and memorable learning experience.

“It is a great program and it all ties right into our curricular goals,” he said. “I am dedicated to teaching applications for STEM because I know that it not only impacts how healthy and productive students are during this time, but also their well-being and success far beyond the K-12 years.”

Eastview Middle School Principal Kevin Robertson said Spink has been a leader in the school’s hockey program and worked with other teachers in delivering programming to Grades 6-8.

“Jeremy has been a big part of Eastview for more than 20 years. In his hockey class, and in all of his classes, he instills a love of learning and particularly a love for the game for all of his hockey class students, through positive interactions and his infectious enthusiasm,” said Robertson. “If he were to win the MVT for the month of February, we would look at how we could further support technology in our classrooms, whether through more devices, or through other specific technologies for our hockey program and other areas to supplement instruction.”

How can the Red Deer community help? By voting for Spink once a day until February 28. To vote, visit https://www.nhl.com/mvt.