Call for nominations for excellent teachers and great kids
Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 10:38 am
Bert Church High School social studies teacher Jennifer Williams said it was wonderful to be chosen as an Excellence of Teaching Award winner last year.
“It was absolutely amazing when people nominate you, especially when it’s a student,” she said.
Williams said she knows a lot of paperwork needs to be completed in order to nominate a teacher but adds it is well worth it.
“The fact that someone thought enough of you and did take that time (to do the paperwork) that’s the biggest honour of all,” she said.
Approximately 130 semi-finalists will be selected, with 20 receiving the Excellence in Teaching Awards.
“Outstanding educators create outstanding students – giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential,” said Minister of Education Jeff Johnson.
“Each year, we hear incredible stories of how our talented, dedicated teachers and principals are bringing the vision of Inspiring Education to life. We’re proud to recognize their achievement and their contributions to building Alberta.”
For the 2013 awards, 14 Rocky View Schools teachers were nominated for the award with three recognized as winners.
The award recipients will receive a certificate of recognition and funding for professional development during a formal ceremony in May 2014.
Williams said she is just in the process of completing a proposal for what she wants to use the up to $4,000 of funding for. She wants to take a 10-day trip to Northern Spain to research separatist groups there.
Williams said she would then create a video about her trip and her findings to share with teachers and students when she returns. She said the research fits in with what she teaches in her social studies classes because of the sections in her class where students learn about Quebec separatists.
The call for nominations doesn’t end with excellent teachers because the Great Kid Award presented by the Alberta government is also looking for nominees.
“The Great Kids Award recognizes young people who do great things – at home, at school and in their community. We want to celebrate the many special young Albertans, who make a positive difference and inspire others to reach their full potential and help build a better Alberta,” said Dave Hancock, minister of Human Services.
This is the 14th year the awards and in April 2014, 16 children and youth between the ages of five and 18 will be recognized for their outstanding community efforts determination, generosity, compassion and leadership at a special ceremony in Edmonton.
Winners will receive a trophy and a prize package donated by IBM and Fantasyland Hotel.
The deadline for nominations is Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. and can be emailed to HS.firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information and nomination forms, visit greatkids.alberta.ca
For nomination packages, visit http://education.alberta.ca/teachers/excellence.aspx