We are proud to announce that Shirley Nepinak was recently recognized as Indigenous Educator of the Month for April 2019.
The Indigenous Educator of the Month was started by the Manitoba Government to showcase Indigenous educators throughout the province. Candidates are selected representing a balance from the four directions, cultural groups and gender.
Joining the Frontier Family in 2005, Shirley has been a high school teacher at Minegoziibe Anishinabe School for almost 15 years. Shirley has taught a variety of classes, from science to math and extra curriculars, but she is best known as an English Language Arts teacher.
As a teacher and community member, Shirley has helped organize and facilitate baking, beading and star-blanket-making programs within the Pine Creek community. She volunteers for both high school sports and grad committees, raising money for events.
Shirley is currently completing her thesis for her Masters of Education through Brandon University, researching how Indigenous culture, knowledge and teachings can support students in learning environments.
She is also an active member of the Indigenous Inclusion Directorate, volunteering with the UCN/U of M Summer Institute as a beading instructor, and was previously part of the Test Development Committee (TDC) for the Grade 12 Language Arts Standards Test.
Asked to comment on this recognition, Shirley said, “As a learner, I feel as though I am a knowledge gatherer. I am working my way in the circle of life in becoming a knowledge keeper, a sacred role in our community."
Read Shirley's Indigenous Educator of the Month feature.
We are proud to have Shirley as a member of the Frontier Family. Thank you for all of your work and dedication to your students and community!