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Early childhood educator wins Prime Minister’s Award

Tanya Farzaneh honoured for achievements in education

Tanya Farzaneh PM award

Dr. Geng Tan, MP, Don Valley North, presents Tanya Farzaneh the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.


Tanya Farzaneh, an educator at Seneca’s ECE Lab School, has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence based on her work at Seneca.

Dr. Geng Tan, MP for Don Valley North, recently presented Tanya with the award for connecting children to nature by incorporating the environment into her lessons as “a third teacher.” She has helped lead a series of nature-based activities for children aged 18 to 36 months which included teaching them about the entire life cycle of plants and the environment as well as planting and harvesting vegetables.

“Tanya’s achievement and dedication shines through in her work to cultivate a creative learning environment for her students,” said Dr. Tan, adding that she “embodies the best of the critical work that our educators do every day, giving our children the skills to succeed, opening the doors to a brighter future for everyone.”

Tanya is a graduate of Seneca’s Early Childhood Education and Honours Bachelor of Child Development programs.

The Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education honours exceptional educators for their achievements in education, as well as their commitment to building the foundation children need to make the best possible start in life.