BU-trained educator nominated for Most Valuable Teacher

March 1, 2021

Image for Future Goals Most Valuable Teacher contest has words on the left saying "Congratulations to Winnipeg Jets Future Goals Most Valuable Teacher March Nominee." On the right is a photo of a smiling man with his arms crossed across his chest. Underneath the photo are the words "Jonathan Filewich Grades 5 & 6 Teacher Souris School: Southwest Horizon School Division"

Souris teacher Jonathan Filewich, who is a Brandon University graduate and a current student in BU’s Master of Education program, is trying to land some big money to support technology in the Southwest Horizon School Division.

Filewich is one of 20 teachers from across North America in the running for the Future Goals Most Valuable Teacher program for March 2021. A joint effort of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), the Future Goals program promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education for youth.

Throughout the month, supporters can vote each day for a Most Valuable Teacher nominee, with one finalist chosen to win a $10,000 technology grant for their school division. Following three monthly votes, from January to March, another vote will be held in May to select a grand prize winner, who will earn an additional $20,000 to their school division. The vote is taking place throughout March at NHL.com/MVT.

Filewich is a former NHL player who attended BU following his hockey career and now teaches Grade 5/6 at Souris School. He has already completed bachelor degrees in Physical Education Studies and Education at BU, as well as a Master of Education in Administration and Leadership. He is now pursuing a second M.Ed. in Curriculum and Pedagogy.

“I am honoured to be one of the finalists chosen for this recognition,” Filewich says. “I’m dedicated to teaching applications for STEM because I know that it not only impacts how healthy and productive students are during this time, but also their well-being and success far beyond the K-12 years.”