SESS teacher receives teaching award from PM

SESS teacher is presented with prestigious award by Prime Minister

  • Oct. 11, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Keremeos teacher William Eaton (right) of Simikameen Elementary School has been recognized by the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence. The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence honour Canada’s outstanding and innovative elementary and secondary school teachers. Mr. Eaton received a Certificate of Excellence at a special ceremony in Ottawa on October 5. He is one of seven teachers in B.C. to receive this award. Mr. Eaton is all about inspiring his students to tap into their creativity and make learning fun for his students.

Tucked away in rural B.C., William Eaton has been quietly changing the world in his classroom for the past six years. A thinker, a leader and always the philosopher, Mr. Eaton is one of those teachers who lets students in on his thoughts and empowers them with a sense of pride and ownership in what they do.

Three years ago, Mr. Eaton made a move that remains symbolic of how he sees his role and how he wants his students to see him. He decided he’d prefer to be addressed as “learning facilitator”, rather than “teacher”. Teaching students to be leaders and to teach each other is the very simple philosophy that guides his practice.

Outstanding achievements

Mr. Eaton’s student driven class website is exemplary. Not just a hub for teachers, students and parents, it serves as an information portal maintained by the students that teaches them responsibility and leadership. An empowering tool, it is updated daily by students who also weekly train and trade off their responsibilities to the next student. Check it out at:

Always one to grasp on to a metaphor, Mr. Eaton inspired his students to create a 26 Bikes webpage to show students that learning math skills is like learning to ride a bike; it’s fun, and once you really get it, it won’t be forgotten. Each prescribed learning outcome is represented by a bike and is supported by student selected games and activities. Students have started to incorporate videos into the project and are learning and perfecting their teaching and video production skills.

Mr. Eaton’s students applied for and won a Healthy Schools grant from the school district and Ministry of Education to create a collaborative school-wide art project. The result was an 18 x 5 foot multi-panel mural that welcomes visitors as they enter the school. On another occasion they joined forces with another class and won $900 in a Grassroots grant for their Biogeoclimatic Zones website.

Mr. Eaton’s knowledge and opinions are highly regarded and often sought out. He was recently asked to sit at a Roundtable with the Premier’s Technology Council as a provincial educational leader.

“When I was introduced to Mr. Eaton’s class, I expected another year, another teacher, nothing out of the ordinary. (…) I had always liked school before, but in his class, I honestly can’t remember a time when my mind was not becoming more open and constantly expanding.” – Former student

“I think Mr. Eaton’s active role in his students’ learning inspires them not only to seek greatness, but to be great themselves. He is always telling them there is more to learn, and he learns with them.” – Parent


– Contributed  by Judy Hsu,  National Public Relations



Just Posted

Warmer fall weather could extend wildfire season: AccuWeather

Above seasonal temperatures are expected throughout September, October and November

Keremeos business owner affected by Telus outage for two weeks

Franchise owner of HR Block Teresa DeWit says Telus “dropped the ball” in informing clients

Cawston’s Nate Weber helps propel Tigers to victory

Penticton Tigers take home first ever provincial championship

New X-ray machine at the South Similkameen Health Centre will be up and running after Labour Day

Interior Health confirms the equipment was replaced because it was an old version

New Penticton/Kelowna transit route ready to roll out

Route 70 Penticton/Kelowna will provide a direct trip to Kelowna from Penticton and Summerland

VIDEO: Title of 25th Bond movie is ‘No Time to Die’

The film is set to be released in April 2020

RCMP catch ‘erratic’ driving thieves; upon release steal mountain bike

The incident involved a police chase, taser, and a destroyed vehicle

New study suggests autism overdiagnosed: Canadian expert

Laurent Mottron: ‘Autistic people we test now are less and less different than typical people’

B.C. father tells judge he did not kill his young daughters

Andrew Berry pleaded not guilty to the December 2017 deaths

Trans Mountain gives contractors 30 days to get workers, supplies ready for pipeline

Crown corporation believes the expansion project could be in service by mid-2022

Heavy police responses in Kamloops connected to unfounded weapons calls

Mounties were seen in Westsyde and in North Kamloops on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning

Suspect drops white powder running from police near Kelowna playground

Kelowna RCMP responded to reports of two individuals swinging a chain in a park

Rosemount cooked diced chicken linked to listeria case in B.C.

The symptoms of listeria include vomiting, nausea, fever, muscle aches

B.C. seniors allowed more choice to stay in assisted living

Province doesn’t need to wait for a complaint to investigate care, Adrian Dix says

Most Read