Winnipeg Jets November 2023 Teacher of the Month

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Winnipeg Jets November 2023 Teacher of the Month


Vinh Tran


Hugh John Macdonald

Classroom Team:

Tell us about yourself!

I came to Canada as a refugee in 1980. After working at various jobs to support my family, I decided to become a teacher. I have been teaching for 30 years. Of these 30 years, I spent time working with under-privileged children teaching grade 7, 8 and 9 math in inner city schools for 29 years. Many of these children are refugees or immigrants. The rest of them are indigenous. Math is not always the easiest subject to teach and to learn. However, I have been able to apply different strategies and approaches for students to not only understand the mathematical concepts but also to inspire and instill the love of doing math in them. The success is achieved because I understand where these children are coming from, start where they are at yet still hold high expectations. I just enjoy teaching

What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™ program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?

Many people including myself did not realize that the game of hockey involves so many different aspects that it is not just skills and strength the players need to possess in order to become successful. Although all modules are detailed to meet students interest and help them understand the application of science, technology, engineering and math in the real world. The two modules I see students spending more time on and really enjoy are module 5 Science Edition and module 6 Math Edition.

Who is your favorite NHL® Player and why?

Steve Yzerman is my favorite player. He is Canadian. Small in stature but Steve always played with big heart. Steve won the Stanley cup with his Detroit team and he represented Canada in many international hockey tournaments. He revitalized hockey madness in Detroit. Through out his playing career, Steve demonstrated the offensive skills scoring more than 1700 point in the NHL, the perseverance after some serious injuries and the willingness to make changes to become one of the best 2 way center

If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?

If I played hockey, I would be the goalie. The reasons are: I am small in size so body checking would be impossible to do. I might get more damage than cause damage. I got to play more minutes than other players and I could make timely saves.