A pair of local teachers have been nominated for an award reflecting their teaching success.

Mrs. Emilie Piche-Swain and Mrs. Emma Dagenais of Kapuskasing and District High School are being nominated for the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Teaching Excellence in Stem.

The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence has been given out annually since 1993, with nominees coming in from across the country and being honoured by province.

The two teachers who run the STARS and STEP class out of KDHS are being nominated for an award that defines excellent and innovative teaching practices as well as a commitment to student success.

Mrs. Dagenais says the fact that they have been nominated was news to them, and quite humbling.

“To hear that we were nominated kind of made me step back and, it was a shock but it was a ‘Oh wow’ somebody else can see what is going on here in the class and what we’re doing.”

Mrs. Piche-Swain says it shows how far they have come, seeing the kids be able to run things themselves.

“I don’t think we really realised how big it would be, but seeing the students run the Coffee Club, last week we didn’t do anything and we just let them lead, that was pretty impressive. I think that’s the first time I actually realised they can do this (alone).”

The nomination deadline for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence is January 14th of 2019.