Jeremy Dietsiso a Life Science at Silversands High School has won the KFM Teacher of the Year competition.
Dietsiso was one of ten finalists from a total of 1300 nominations. The radio station followed a five week search fo the nations top teacher. Dietsiso walked away with the top award after he received almost all of the votes submitted.
The educator from Silversands High has been teaching at the school since the beginning of his career. He teaches Natural Sciences and Life Sciences.
IOL reported that Dietsiso was raised by his mother, a single parent through challenging circumstances. While at high school he had aspired to become a brain surgeon.
He told the publication, “Life was tough growing up. It was so bad in our household that I fainted at school once because of hunger. God sent teachers on my path to save me and today I am not only a heart surgeon but I am also a brain surgeon.”
“I regard myself as an education surgeon because I have the opportunity to shape the heart and brain of thousands of learners.”
The 27-year-old, who hails from Happy Valley can easily identify with the difficulties his learners face as this is where most of them live.
WCED reported that the teacher together with his mother started a feeding scheme in his community.
During the lockdown, Dietsiso and his mother started a feeding scheme in the community. Teaming up with Peninsula Feeding Scheme and Mellon Educate. Together they provided warm meals for up to 900 people, two to three times a week.
WCED said that Dietsiso was part of the Kuier Rapport Matriekklas project, acting as the Life Sciences presenter, to help Grade 12 learners prepare for their final exams.
He is a Netball umpire, involved on provincial and national level.
Joy Powrie, Silversands High School Principal, told the WCED that the entire school community is extremely proud of their teachers achievements.
“He is a true hero who deserves to be celebrated in this manner. Our learners are indeed fortunate to have such a passionate teacher. Mr Dietsiso has a unique way of connecting with and motivating his students and he is well loved by them. His drive for personal success as well as the upliftment of his community is truly inspirational. This award also shines the spotlight on our many passionate, committed and hardworking teachers.”
Dietsiso is the future of this profession.
Darren Simpson, host of Kfm Mornings with Darren, Sherlin and Sibs added: “This campaign is a testament to the commitment of each and every hero teacher in this country. What an incredible acknowledgement of the profession. And what a worthy winner. Dietsiso is the future of this profession.”