National award for Surrey teacher

SURREY – Awardwinning teacher Tiffany Poirier had butterflies in her stomach Tuesday (Oct. 7) when she met Prime Minister Stephen Harper.


"It’s just such a momentous occasion, this whole trip here," Poirier told the Now shortly before her return flight home to Surrey with a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.


Poirier is among 17 national-level winners of the award this year.


Recipients and their families were flown to Ottawa for three days of special events, panels and ceremonies.


"It’s been a trip of a lifetime," Poirier said from Ottawa, "and it’s been so


special for me to be able to bring my husband and son along as well, and to meet some amazing educators from across the country."


Each year, Poirier teaches


close to 200 "gifted and highly able" elementary students from across the district as part of Surrey Schools’ The Challenge program. Her classroom is


Prime Minister Stephen Harper presents Surrey teacher Tiffany Poirier with her national Teaching Excellence award in Ottawa last Tuesday (Oct. 7).


located at Prince Charles Elementary on 100th Avenue. She is also an in-demand speaker at professional-development workshops and conferences.


"This elementary teacher is cultivating the next generation of philosophers and critical thinkers," reads a note next to Poirier’s name on the list of awardees’ highlights.


A detailed biography is posted at TiffanyPoirier. com. Poirer blogs at

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