BACK for its second year to celebrate and honour exceptional educators is the Taylor’s College RISE Educator Award extended to teachers for their outstanding contribution to not only their students’ education in the classroom, but also their social development especially during the pandemic.
In this second instalment, the winner or RISE Educator of the Year and nominator will bring home RM5,000 and RM500 in cash prizes respectively and to raise the stakes, Taylor’s College will also sponsor RM10,000 to the school of the RISE Educator of the Year winner to enhance their facilities.
An acronym for Remarkable Impact in Student Education, the RISE Educator Award is open to students, or parents of students, in any governmental or private Malaysian preschool, primary school and secondary school.
Students and parents may nominate their teacher of choice from now till April 22 by describing the teacher’s deeds that impacted them or their children, in 100 words or fewer.
“Studies have shown that a positive relationship between teachers and young students will help those students to achieve better school grades and behavioural skills. This can be attested from our RISE Educator Award last year, as we received many inspiring tales of teachers going the extra mile to help their students with their education by creating new learning environments to ensure that their students are not missing out on their learning,” said Taylor’s College campus director Josephine Tan.
She added that schooling years are transformative years for children and young adolescents as they learn how to navigate their emotions and behaviours in different social settings.
“Research has shown that a conducive and fun teaching and learning atmosphere would help students to develop positive relationships with regard to their studies as it improves their attention, reduces anxiety and even supports their emotional and behavioural regulations.
“If the award last year has shown us anything, it is that there are many outstanding educators who are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that their students are able to thrive and succeed in many areas of their lives,” she said.
She added that is why this year the award is looking for passionate educators who pursue their passion beyond the classroom to inspire their students to achieve not only academic greatness, but also attain excellence outside the classroom.
“Whether it is establishing a community library for their students to benefit from, setting up tech infrastructures and projects for their pupils to learn coding and robotics, or building creative innovations to help their students win competitions, we want to know these educators and we want to reward them,” she added.
The awards will feature three categories:
> The RISE Educator of the Year, whereby the winner will be chosen from the five finalist stories by the award’s judging panel which also feature past year winner, Cikgu Nazmi – whose unconventional and innovative teaching methods to create the classroom swimming pool and laundry service has empowered his students to explore the limitless frontiers of the world.
> RISE Educator Award, whereby five finalists' stories will be posted on Taylor’s College social media platform for public voting.
> RISE Educator Award: Taylorian Edition, which will allow Taylor’s academics to contend.
The voting period will be from May 2-13 and the winners will be announced during Teacher’s Day on May 16.
For more information, visit the RISE Educator Award official website here.