Josh Elsdon was recently named the 2015 VIATEC Awards’ Education Champion for his innovative teaching skills at Monterey Middle School. He accepts his robot trophy on June 26, 2015 at the Victoria Conference Centre, one night before his wedding day!
Josh began teaching in Victoria in 2006, and he’s spent the last 3 school years experimenting with tech programs with his students.
“I was excited at how enthusiastically my students responded, and when I talked to my friends who work in programming, they all said ‘I would have killed to do that in middle school!’” commented Mr. Elsdon. “I felt like I was on to something, so last year I asked my administration if I could expand the scope into a class dedicated to tech exploration.”
Mr. Elsdon followed through and started the first tech-based program at Monterey Middle School where students now learn programming, app design, robotics and 3D design.
They recently received a grant to buy a 3D printer, so his students are working furiously on designing stuff on TinkerCad and Blender.
“I am in awe sometimes. I love how meaningful the learning is to them… so solution-focused and relevant to what they are trying to accomplish.It gives them such a sense of independence and self-reliance.”
When Mr. Elsdon isn’t busy shaping minds, he enjoys Victoria’s art and music scenes and going up island to surf.
Congrats on your marriage Josh!