S.U.P.E.R. Teacher winners in Taiwan's Nantou County advance to national

Four teachers recognized for excellence by teachers union in Nantou, now contenders for national awards

Clockwise from top left, Ying-hsin Chen,, Li-fang ...

Clockwise from top left, Ying-hsin Chen,, Li-fang ... (Taiwan News photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--Nantou Teachers Union on Friday announced its annual S.U.P.E.R. Teacher Award winners. The four teachers were selected for their outstanding performance in teaching, classroom management, and pedagogic creativity.

The award's name "S.U.P.E.R." stands for strategic, unique, passionate, effective, and responsive. This year the four outstanding teachers from Nantou County's schools came from a kindergarten, an elementary school, a junior high school, and a high school.

Li-fang Tseng (曾麗芳), who teaches at the Nantou County She-Liao Preliminary School Kindergarten (社寮國小附幼), has been developing child-oriented teaching methods that focus on inspiring the imagination of children. The innovation targets pre-school children’s self-learning ability in early childhood. Tseng is also part of the K-12 Education Administration’s Teaching Quality Assessment Exercise’s experimental team.

Yi-Chia Ye (葉益嘉), a teacher at the Guangxing Elementary School (廣興國小), designed a course that takes students to climb the 100 Peaks of Taiwan and to complete a cycling trip that goes around the whole island. Ye believes these activities can teach students endurance and crisis management abilities.

Dacheng Junior High School’s (大成國中) Shih-Chuan Hu (胡詩專) encouraged students to develop critical thinking and is involved heavily with digital teaching groups. Hu is a strong advocate for cross-school professional exchange, who hopes to further promote innovative teaching to other educational platforms.

After graduating from the Chushan Senior High School (竹山高中), alum Ying-hsin Chen (陳映辛) went back to the school and became a chemistry teacher. Her teaching has always been rooted in community service. Chen has built a culture of volunteering and promotes science education to engage with local communities. Her dedication to education was also recognized by the Ministry of Education with an Excellent Teacher Award in 2013.

The committee of judges consisted of the director of National Library of Public Information, Zhong-cheng Liu (劉仲成), director of the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families Nantou chapter, Chi-li Wei (魏季李), last year’s S.U.P.E.R Teacher winner, Chien-an Chen (陳建安), and the secretary general of the National Federation of Teachers Union, Chin-hsu Liu (劉欽旭).

The awardees are now contenders for the National S.U.P.E.R. Teachers Awards, hosted by the National Federation of Teachers Union. The Federation will invite education experts to form a judging committee on April 27. The announcement date for national winner announcement has not yet been set.