HEAD OF THE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
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.”