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Medal is best "show and tell" for teacher

September 18, 2021

By Allen M. Quinn (SFU Convocation 2018

Nicole Wittenberg, graduate of the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Counselling and Human Development program,will receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal at this month’s convocation ceremony. The award is given annually to students who have excelled in their studies and who have contributed to the life of their post-secondary institution or their community.

“This is a pleasant surprise and I am honored to have been chosen,” says Wittenberg. “I have never won a medal before, as I wasn’t into sports growing up, so this feels very fitting that my first medal ever received falls under education.”

As an elementary school teacher with the Surrey School District, Wittenberg is dedicated to creating empathetic, hard-working and kind students. As well, she recognizes the importance of community engagement and being open to new possibilities.

In addition to her post-baccalaureate diploma, Wittenberg already holds a BA and a BEd with a minor in early learning.

“Don’t limit yourself,” she says. “Give yourself the opportunity to explore different areas of study and to change your mind should new interests arise. Learning is a journey and sometimes the path doesn’t go as planned. That’s okay.”

When she receives the award, Wittenberg knows the first thing she’ll do: “I’m pretty sure now I have the best ‘show and tell.’ I can’t wait to show my students.”