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Innovation in Geography Teaching Award

2015 Recipient - Janet Ruest

Janet Ruest has been teaching geography since 1988 and her commitment to her craft shows. Her students learn how to develop case studies based on collected flora and fauna samples, photographs, sketches, maps and graphs they’ve produced; note human and physical interactions; and make recommendations about how humans can reduce their impacts on the environment. Why set the bar a little higher? The goal for this Vancouver Island teacher is simple, “I want them to never look at the world the same way” says Janet Ruest “I strive for students to truly see, hear, smell and feel the world around them. I want them to understand the interconnected and interdependent relationships between humans and the environment.”

2015 has been a good year for Janet Ruest. Along with winning the RCGS Innovation in Geographic Teaching Award, she was also selected earlier this year as a 2015 Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow that allowed her to travel to the Galapagos Islands. Ms. Ruest’s also won a Government of Canada History Award for her lesson plan on Historical Dilemma: Who was the greatest Canadian Prime Minister?

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