St. Stephen High School teacher Scott Legge wins Excellence in Education award

St. Stephen – St. Stephen High School teacher Scott Legge recently found out he had been nominated for, and has received, a Minister’s Excellence in Education award. This award recognizes educators who demonstrate outstanding skills in “innovative educational practices and leadership, responding to the diverse needs of all learners, lifelong learning, and fostering a positive learning environment”. Individuals or groups, including students and parents, are able to submit nominations for this award.

Legge was nominated by Rylan Cloney, who graduated in June and is now studying engineering at Dalhousie University, and his mother. Kristan Cloney, said she had been discussing it with friends who are also teachers, and they were of the same opinion, that Legge truly deserved to be nominated for this award.

“Obviously, the push was, my son just graduated, and if he ever deserved it, now was the time for us to do that. It was our last year, so he had just graduated and is still in touch with him. It seemed right. They did a lot of work together in that last year,” said Cloney.

Legge said he is honoured to have been nominated for this award. There is usually a ceremony held where winning teachers receive the awards, but Legge said he isn’t sure when this will take place due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“It’s special to be appreciated by students and their parents, knowing the work you do and the efforts you put in. It’s nice to see that they appreciate us,” said Legge.

Cloney said Legge was one of her son’s favourite teachers, and that he was fortunate enough to have been able to learn from him at St. Stephen Middle School and during high school. She said they had a “pretty special connection right from the get-go”, adding that she thinks it is safe to say that a lot of other kids feel the same way about Legge.

“Scott’s the type of guy who just goes that step further to get to know all of the kids,” said Cloney. “He just has a way of getting to know all of the kids and their interests, and making it a point to have those discussions with them, visit, go to games or go to events, to really make the kids feel special. I think that’s how their relationship started, and then it just took off from there. He is always, always involved in something and pushing the kids just one step further.”

Legge is involved in many programs that take place at SSHS, working with students to help them succeed in their school careers and preparing them for their futures after graduation. In the fall, he and his students were involved with ChatterHigh, which is partnered with NB PETL and EECD for the provincial NB ChatterHigh Competition. SSHS placed first on the AAA leaderboard, earning $1,000 for the school, which Legge said will be used to purchase another 3D printer for SSHS.

Another program Legge was involved in is Let’s Talk Careers. This program, which is for career exploration, is a provincial and national competition that has students answering questions on various universities and career paths. Legge said this is a “sequential program in a sense” as they “generate basic questions”. Some of the questions are generated specifically for students’ career interests, and it explores various possibilities based on those interests. The students at SSHS won this competition by a landslide. Students had the opportunity to answer these questions to win bursaries ranging from $10 to $200.

“We finished with 3,300 points,” said Legge. “We were double the closest school to us. Participation, so students answering a 10-question survey daily, and that would get us points based on how many questions they answered correctly, how many questions researched. There were several bursaries that were won.”

The bursaries are as follows:

Kaida Garzon Habacon, $200

Caylee Hannon, $125

Keanah Spooner, Ryan Scott, and Maya Vukelic, $100

Sadie Moffatt, Leila Gibson, and Tara Cleghorn, $10

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