A teacher from St. Michael Catholic School showed the nation what it means to embody genuine goodwill when he won the Post Canada Search for Goodness, Teacher Edition prize.

The Post Canada Search for Goodness contest scans the country looking for teachers who are committed to dedicating their time to make their schools a better place. Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board teacher Kurtis Hartnell beat out 283 other educators to win the nationwide contest and take home the $10,000 prize for his school.

“It definitely feels great to be acknowledged for it, to be nominated for it and to have all that support behind me throughout the contest,” said Hartnell. “And to eventually win is the cherry on top.”

The grade three teacher was nominated by St. Michael’s library research assistant, Kimber Pretty, who made sure to highlight Kurtis’ use of his craftsman skills in creating kid-friendly, interactive classrooms that foster student learning.

“In terms of my philosophy on teaching, I try to bring in my own skills and passions into the classroom,” said Hartnell. “I’ve always been a fan of games and technology and I know that is something the kids really connect with.”

Please join us in acknowledging Kurtis’ dedication to his students and congratulating him for winning the Search for Goodness, Teacher Edition contest.