Riverside School Board teacher gets prestigious award for lighting a spark in one of her students

A parent credits her son's elementary school teacher for lighting a spark under her child to take an active interest in school, nominating her for an award.

And so that's how Boucherville Elementary School teacher Colette Authier came to win the MENSA Canada Distinguished Educator Award for 2018 - given to teachers who have a positive influence on the education of a member of the international High-IQ club.

It`s the first time a Quebec teacher has won the award.

"There are a lot of teachers that I would give this award to along with myself," said Authier.

That's the kind of modest reaction Authier had - the veteran teacher not expecting a nomination from Audrey Thériault, the mother of the boy who was in Grade six at the time. Luka is now in high school.

Authier said Luka would take different approaches to subjects such as math or English so she would just go with the flow because there's no one-size-fits-all method to teaching.

"When it came to Luka, it was really about being open-minded with how he did his work and being ok with it," said Authier in an interview with CJAD 800.

"I've been teaching for a long time and I feel like I learned a different way of teaching and of being more open to children coming up with their way of doing things."

Authier, who was honoured with a plaque at a ceremony last week,  has been teaching for over 20 years, most of them with the Riverside School Board.

"For me the results that I have with my students and their 'aha!' moments, their reactions,  - those are my reward."