Presenting GH4STEM 100 Top Teacher: NANA YAW OWUSU, Kumasi #GH4STEM

Nana Yaw Owusu has been teaching STEM for the past six years and has enjoyed every bit of his time in the profession. He chose this line of work because of his interest in science. From a very young age, Nana Yaw remembers how he loved to make his own gadgets from anything he could lay hands on. While in school he read science with the hopes of becoming an engineer but things changed when he got a part time tuition job and fell in love with teaching. Now, he has a degree in Chemistry from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He plans to further his studies in Education in the next few years.

Nana Yaw is excited and inspired by the practicals inherent in STEM. He finds it interesting that during practical lessons he not only gets to teach but also learns from his students as well. STEM will forever remain an interesting study area because at each step of the way there is a challenge to overcome and new things to learn. For motivation, Nana Yaw can point to the fact that several of his students who initially would not have taken a career path in science are now reading Medicine and other science-related courses in the University. For him it is a lot to be proud of because he has been teaching for only six years. His highlight as a STEM educator to date is when he was able to help fifty-one out of seventy students get Grade 1 in their B.E.C.E. This was only in his second year as a teacher and he is very proud of this achievement.

Mr. Owusu currently teaches a total of a hundred and fourteen students at the Nagie’s Angels Educational Centre. He was introduced to the JUNEOS Challenge through the principal of the school and was excited to get involved. He is very happy to have experienced the  Challenge and is encouraged by the way his students immersed themselves in the whole project from start to finish. The competition offered a platform for more practical teaching and engagement and also helped him learn from other schools through their projects and presentations. Nana Yaw believes that the JUNEOS Challenge presents a positive way to keep students busy as there are way too many social media distractions having a negative impact on them.

Nana Yaw would surely love to be more involved in the JUNEOS Challenge and he wishes that  the reach on TV will be wide enough for the benefit of more educators and students.

Mr. Owusu’s role model has always been his father and he hopes to have the same positive impact on his own children. He is married with one daughter.

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Article by Elizabeth Johnson.

Elizabeth Johnson works as a researcher and project manager with Dr Monk and volunteers the rest of her time with the Writers Project of Ghana where she takes up various roles such as radio show production, social media management and administrator for their annual literary festival. She is a published writer who writes both fiction and nonfiction and has won awards for her work.