Bert Church teacher receives Excellence in Teaching award
Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:33 am
A local social studies teacher, Jennifer Williams, from Bert Church High School was one of 20 educators honoured at the 2013 Excellence in Teaching award celebration on May 25 in Edmonton.
“The individuals chosen for this award are nothing short of remarkable, they represent the best of Alberta,” said Education Minister Jeff Johnson in a press release.
“I’m absolutely honoured that I have this (award) but, to me, the fact that a student nominated me was the best part,” Williams said.
“I nominated her because I’ve never been solid at social studies before,” said Grade 12 student Aaron Beaudry, “(This year) I got my highest mark I’ve ever gotten for social studies on my diploma exam.”
“(For the student) to take the time and effort to fill out the paperwork to get the nomination through was really overwhelming to me,” Williams said of Beaudry.
“I really like her as a teacher,” the 17-year-old said.
He added, the way she incorporated technology such as YouTube into the lessons really helped him learn the material.
The Excellence in Teaching awards recognizes Alberta teachers and principals who, “demonstrate leadership, creativity and innovation,” according to a press release from the Province.
Williams said she was pleased that both the teachers who won the award and the schools were recognized at the award ceremony.
“I’m unbelievably privileged to get this award, but there are so many fantastic teachers here at Bert Church,” she said.
The Excellence in Teaching award recipients will receive up to $4,000 each for professional development, something Williams said she will probably use next summer.
“One thing I am looking in to doing is a conference (on education) in Turkey,” she said of how she might use the funds.
She is also considering using the funds to visit South Africa to see some of the areas of the country most effected by the apartheid legislation that was in effect from 1948 to 1990. She said she would like to create a lesson plan from the visit that she would then teach her students.
This is the 25th year the Excellence in Teaching Award program has been in operation. Since the program originated in 1989, there has been more than 9,000 teachers and principals nominated and more than 500 awards given out.