Karen Grassick has been a Science teacher at Carlton Comprehensive Public High School for 24 years and during that time her passion for teaching has continued to grow.
Grassick knew right away from a young age that she wanted to become a teacher and it was due to the amazing teachers she had when she was attending Carlton as a student herself that her passion to teach science was instilled.
“I have always said you don’t choose teaching; teaching chooses you,” said Grassick. “I just love science so much and I love to get kids excited about science.”
“There are people who say science is too hard, you can’t do it, but science is in everything, everywhere you look there is science and if you can get kids excited and interested in it then pretty soon they are so in tune that they forget that they thought it was hard and it’s not.”
Grassick is this year’s Best of the Best winner for Best Secondary Teacher but this is not the first time she has been recognized for her teaching achievements. In 2008 she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Certificate of Achievement for Teaching Excellence. Since then Grassick has continued to inspire her students to embrace their potential.
Grassick has spent her entire teaching career with the Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division at Carlton and she has no plans on leaving yet.
“One of the major reasons why I love teaching at Carlton is we have professional learning groups and we work together,” said Grassick.
“For years teachers just worked by themselves but it’s changed now everyone works together whether you are a first year teacher or in your 20th year. Everyone has something to contribute. So when you put it all together its pretty fantastic.”
Carlton Comprehensive Public High School averages somewhere around 300 graduates per year and every single one of those graduates are taught during their time at Carlton by teachers like Grassick to understand how precious their potential actually is.
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