Eric Oest

HEAD OF THE SCI­ENCE DEPART­MENT

The Kids Post - - Private Education Guide 2014 -

A high en­ergy space in which all stu­dents can get along and co­op­er­ate with one an­other is the ideal type of class­room for Eric Oest, the head of the sci­ence depart­ment at Toronto Prep School.

“I always think that if I am not having fun or if I am not in­ter­ested in the ma­te­rial, I can’t pos­si­bly ex­pect stu­dents to feel any dif­fer­ently,” he says.

As a sci­ence teacher, he knows that many chil­dren have bad ex­pe­ri­ences with the sub­ject at the el­e­men­tary level and get turned off it for the rest of their school­ing. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to Oest, this does not always need to be the case.

“My goal is to make sci­ence fun and ac­ces­si­ble,” he says. “While not ev­ery stu­dent will go on to a ca­reer in sci­ence, I think that it is es­sen­tial that ev­ery stu­dent grad­u­ates with sound sci­en­tific literacy.” It makes sense that Oest is so pas­sion­ate about his pro­fes­sion. Af­ter work­ing in the IT in­dus­try and de­cid­ing it was not for him, en­ter­ing teach­ing was the most log­i­cal step.

“Teach­ing seemed like a nat­u­ral vo­ca­tion be­cause it al­lows for a lot of so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and it al­lows me to con­tinue along a path of life­long learn­ing.”

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