Year: 2010-2011 – Province: Alberta
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Western Canada High School
641 17th Avenue S.W.
Calgary AB T2S 0B5
Teaching Approach“Talk it up,” says David Karbashewski to his students, encouraging them to think through problems and find solutions for themselves. If he’s not coaching the swim team, or volunteering his time at a football game, Mr. Karbashewski is leading students in fundraising challenges, travelling with them to robotics competitions and encouraging and prepping them to participate in a panoply of physics competitions, challenges or exams.
- In the last 15 years, six of Mr. Karbashewski’s students have made the Canadian team for the World Physics Olympiad, traveling to all parts of the world to compete. His students also often place within the top ten in various other competitions and exams, like the Sir Isaac Newton Exam, the Physics Bowl Exam and the Canadian Association of Physics Exam.
- The University of Toronto was so impressed with the level of creative thinking demonstrated by students taught by Mr. Karbashewski, that they sent a representative to see why the physics program produced such outstanding students. The U of T then created a scholarship for their engineering faculty that only Western Canada High School students can apply for.
- As the learning leader for the science department, Mr. Karbashewski challenged his colleagues to place classroom notes online for student access and facilitated the use of a D2L program as a chat room for students, as well as for professional development.
"Mr. Karbashewski is a great teacher who not only teaches us how to do physics, but also teaches us to love and enjoy the essence of it. He is someone who gives us something more to think about than homework when we are dismissed from class."
"Everyone in Mr. Karbashewski’s] class can tell that teaching and physics are his passions. He puts the dynamics in physics."
"Mr. Karbashewski is nicer than January in Hawaii, cooler than January in Calgary and more helpful than Wikipedia."