Recipients selected to receive Premier's Awards of Excellence in Education (09/05/01)

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May 1, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Sixteen educators and community members will receive the Premier's Award of Excellence in Education (anglophone sector), Premier Shawn Graham and Education Minister Kelly Lamrock announced today.

A gala honouring the recipients will take place on Monday, May 11, at The Playhouse in Fredericton.

"I wish to thank this year's recipients of the Premier's Awards of Excellence in Education for their ongoing commitment to promoting innovation, leadership and excellence in our education system, and for guiding our students toward a bright future," said Graham. "Their leadership in education will prepare our students to inherit a self-sufficient New Brunswick and equip them with the confidence, skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of tomorrow."

The award program recognizes and celebrates individuals or groups for their contribution to public education in New Brunswick. Awards are presented for excellence and achievements in each district and at the provincial level.

Provincial-level awards recognize those who have achieved excellence in the following categories: numeracy, literacy and science; developing a passion for learning; inclusion; community engagement and partnerships; and lifetime achievement.

This year, two new provincial award categories were added to recognize individual or group contributions in ensuring school readiness and international engagement.

"These recipients are exceptional examples of the dedication, creativity and innovation displayed every day in our schools," said Lamrock. "Their dedication to the students in this province is helping New Brunswick's education system be the best in the country."

The recipients of the 2009 Premier's Awards of Excellence in Education at the district level are:

The provincial recipients chosen by the provincial awards committee for their contribution in specific categories are:

Recommendations for the district Premier's Awards of Excellence in Education were submitted by individuals or groups (parent-school support committees, home and school associations, student councils, branches of the teachers' association) in the nominee's school district.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Biographical notes follow for each recipient. MEDIA CONTACT: Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455.

2009 Premier's Awards of Excellence in Education: district awards

Keirstead has provided specialized tutoring for grades 11 and 12 students at Caledonia Regional High School, Hillsborough, to help them on their English language proficiency assessment. He offers extra classes to help them maintain and improve their skills. His personalized teaching bring out impressive results from students, and the respect they have for him encourages them to do their best.

The Hammond River Valley Elementary School hot lunch volunteers began as a group 25 years ago. They commit to three mornings a week to plan, prepare and serve a hot, nutritious meal to students at an affordable price. All students are included, regardless of their ability to pay. Students learn many life skills through sharing a meal and talking with staff and friends, and they develop valuable leadership skills by helping others under the guidance of the volunteers.

Students are active participants in Maxwell's class at St. Malachy's Memorial High School, Saint John. His community circle activities assure that every student is acknowledged and has the chance to be heard. Maxwell has led training sessions on the Tribes Learning Communities process with teachers and students in District 8.

Zazelenchuk is a retired teacher, having spent 34 years in the classroom. In 2004, she returned to volunteer at Lawrence Station Elementary School. Since then, she has been working with struggling students two mornings a week. Because of her dedication, students are motivated and confident in learning; they show real, transferable gains in literacy.

Martin, of Millville Elementary School, has a number of achievements. She has tutored elementary, high school and co-operative education students. She has been a co-operating teacher with students from the University of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Community College. She teaches writing and communications skills through a pen-pal program with Keswick Valley Memorial School in Burtts Corner. She is involved in the Arts Smarts pilot program and was instrumental in organizing a fund-raiser to improve the school's playground.

Cyr`s warm personality, leadership and love of learning make him a positive role model at L.E. Reinsborough School, Dalhousie. He spends many extra hours planning to assure his teaching style is differentiated to meet the varying needs of his students. Cyr was among the first classroom teachers to pilot a one-to-one project at the elementary level in District 15; he met with outstanding success. He is also responsible for forming, organizing and coaching a school-based mini-basketball team.

Hayward has been a teacher, vice-principal and principal. His role as one of the province`s first technology mentors has earned him recognition for his outstanding contribution to innovation in education. He is credited for being a driving force behind the success of the community access centres; for developing innovative student projects about community leadership; and for laying the framework for exchanges and connections between schools in District 16 and the Netherlands.

Nash is committed to forging partnerships involving Chipman Forest Avenue School, neighbouring schools and communities. He shares programs such as Restorative Justice and Mesosyndria with schools in Minto, Cambridge-Narrows and Grand Manan. He coaches the senior girls basketball team, teaches music class and oversees student-teaching-student programs, such as guitar and keyboard lessons. He recently established a broadcasting group within the community and school.

The resource department, with assistance from the Innovative Learning Fund, established a partnership with York Manor in Fredericton to develop a narrative autobiography program called Celebrating Our Stories. Resource students and manor residents worked together to produce video records of seniors' autobiographies. This project catered to the various learning styles of students by providing a technologically rich experience in an alternate setting. Face-to-face interviews made local history come alive for the students, and unique relationships were fostered between young and old.

2009 Premier's Awards of Excellence in Education: provincial awards

Over the past six years, Conrad has worked to improve student skills in numeracy, literacy and science at Quispamsis Elementary School. She has designed collaborative assessment tools for her fellow teachers, shared her expertise in differentiated instruction, and has reached out to struggling learners. Her dedication to projects such as the International Space project, breakfast program, peer helper program and school heritage fair have created a positive learning environment for all students.

Ripley begins each day greeting parents, bus drivers and the 550 students at Lakefield Elementary School, Quispamsis. He is credited for creating a collaborative and positive school environment. From using the community food drive as a multifaceted math lesson, to his Seven Weeks at Lakefield project to help students with difficulties making connections at the school, he has created an environment of trust that promotes the idea, "together we can do anything."

Scully has high expectations for all students because he sees them for who they are and what they can do, rather than what they cannot. As a classroom teacher, athletic director or community volunteer, Scully has gained recognition as a role model for methods and resource teachers. He has earned the respect of parents, staff and students through his calm demeanor and quiet confidence during his 23 years at Bonar Law Memorial School, Rexton.

In 1993, the McFadzens and Johnson started the Turnaround Achievement Awards to honour students in districts 17 and 18 who had turned around some aspect of their lives, behaviour, attitude and / or academic achievement. More than 350 students have received this award. Other districts have followed suit, presenting turnaround achievement awards.

For the past 10 years, the District 16 student services literacy team has conducted the Teddy Bear's Picnic for students eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall. The Teddy Bear's Picnic is carried out in partnership with Extra-Mural Hospital teams in Miramichi and Rexton with the assistance of nearby First Nations. This screening helps kindergarten teachers assure that all students begin school successfully.

Lowe and Manual offer international students in District 10 a well-rounded learning and living experience that goes well beyond the classroom. Students in District 10 benefit from hostingh international students in their homes, hearing presentations in their classrooms, sharing their schools and forming lifelong friendships with students from all corners of the world. They have created an atmosphere of learning, respect, and hospitality that has benefited the international students and has reaped lasting rewards for District 10, St. Stephen and the host families.

For the past 35 years, Falconer has made a significant contribution to developing an inclusive, safe and healthy learning environment in New Brunswick schools. As a District 10 school psychologist, Falconer works directly with children, developing programs and strategies that address severe behavioural and disruptive situations. He has helped many students learn pro-social behaviours. He started the Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing Program (LiPS) intervention system; and he helped develop several provincial documents, including Keeping Our Schools Safe. He was instrumental in the development of Guidelines for Professional Practice for School Psychologists, a consultative model accepted as the standard for psychological service delivery in schools.