Ensuring biological science students reach their potential earns national honour for instructor

Isabelle Barrette-Ng recognized for innovative teaching and educational leadership

University of Calgary's Isabelle Barrette-Ng is one of only 10 people across Canada to receive a 2018 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary
By Doug Ferguson, for University Relations


As the daughter of a grade school teacher, it seems inspiring students is in the genes of one of only 10 people across Canada to receive a 2018 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

“I’ve been lucky to have been surrounded by really great teachers,” says Isabelle Barrette-Ng, a senior instructor of biological sciences in the Faculty of Science who was honoured Feb. 6. “My mom taught students from kindergarten to Grade 8, and I was sometimes in her class.”

Created by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), the annual fellowship program recognizes exceptional teachers in post-secondary education. Barrette-Ng has been a pioneer of the latest ways to help students gain the knowledge they need to reach their potential.

“The 3M fellowships recognize innovative teaching as well as educational leadership,” says Leslie Reid, vice-provost (teaching and learning). “I am thrilled to see Isabelle’s work in creating deep learning experiences and growth opportunities for students and colleagues acknowledged by this prestigious recognition.” 

Read the full article in UToday.