Oleksandr Zhuk 2018
School: Zaporizhzhia boarding school “Dzherelo”
Subject: Computer Science
Oleksandr has been working at the Zaporizhzhia boarding school “Dzherelo” for 10 years. But there was a time when he had no idea that he would become a teacher because he first studied to be an economist. When at home he voiced the idea of teaching, his family tried to stop him: “We have never had teachers in our family. What is more, you have a scholarship.
Among Oleksandr’s mentees are children with Down syndrome, hearing impairments, orthopedic problems, and digestive diseases. He works with everyone so that the child learns to practically apply the information he gives. He emphasizes teamwork and the development of critical thinking. He believes that it is important for a modern teacher to keep up with the younger generation: to reject conservatism, be stylish and understand trends.
“XXI century teacher is a psychologist and an actor in one bottle! They must be able to present themselves, to have an interesting personality”, said Oleksandr.
He not only shares with children with hearing impairments the intricacies of IT technologies but can also sing with them any modern song in sign language. For such openness and sincerity, students call him “a cool dad.”
In 2018 he became the best teacher in Ukraine according to the Global Teacher Prize Ukraine and was included in the prestigious ranking of Top 30 under 30 years, and in 2019 he was recognized among the TOP-10 innovators who are changing Ukraine and the world.
In 2020, he entered the TOP-50 best teachers in the world according to the Global Teacher Prize.