Congratulations to Kimberly Dudek on being chosen to receive a Manitoba Excellence in Education Award from Manitoba Education and Training. Ms. Dudek, who teaches at Murdoch MacKay Collegiate, was honoured for Teaching Excellence.
"Kim's active school involvement and passion for teaching make her invaluable to the school," said former student Julleyne Sewell, who co-nominated Ms. Dudek. "What she accomplishes in the classroom with students and in the entire school community—I can surely describe it as excellence in teaching."
Ms. Dudek conveys commitment to learning through demonstrated efforts in, and enthusiasm for, the teaching process. She is a true leader in Social Studies, as she has been the school department head in this area for the last six years. She has also been instrumental in supporting and developing school-initiated courses, such as Global Issues, and FNMI—First Nations, Metis and Inuit Studies.
"Ms. Dudek is a teacher who embraces an inclusive spirit," said fellow Murdoch teacher and co-nominator Treva Tilston-Jones. "She fosters this spirit by teaching students to see problems and solutions from multiple viewpoints. She is a positive role model because she lives a life of social commitment and concern for others."
Ms. Dudek is the school's International Teacher Representative. She advocates for participation and service in school and in the community by encouraging students to engage in cultural events and share what they've experienced.
She is the Queen of Field Trips. One of her best tools is to provide every student with real-world experiences, whether that is a day out to the local sporting event, an outdoor adventure, a library, a museum, a theatre, a community-based event, or a restaurant—she provides experiences for students to better understand their world.
"Kim's teaching practices, the learning environments she creates, and her character support the needs of her students," said Ms. Tilston-Jones. "She encourages social justice and fosters excellence in others, and in doing so, greatly impacts students' lives. Kim is Murdoch's true source of strength."