Recipients to receive Premier's Awards of Excellence in Education (anglophone sector) (10/05/12)

NB 722

May 12, 2010

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 Roland Haché made the announcement today.

A gala honouring the recipients will take place on Tuesday, June 8, at The Playhouse in Fredericton.

"These honourees have demonstrated a commitment to promoting innovation, leadership and excellence in our education system; and to guiding our students toward a bright future," said Graham. "Their leadership is preparing our students to be successful in a self-sufficient New Brunswick."

The program recognizes 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; international engagement; and lifetime achievement.

"These recipients represent the incredible hard work, dedication, creativity and innovation that goes on each day in our school system," said Haché.

This year's recipients:

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 and branches of the teachers' association) in the nominee's school district.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Biographical notes for each recipient follow. MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Kilfoil, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4919.

2010 Premier's Awards of Excellence in Education (anglophone sector)

District awards

School District 2: Aubrey Kirkpatrick, School District 2 office

Kirkpatrick is a leader and innovator in the development of 21st-century communications in education. Working from the support services side, he has introduced or increased information and communications technology in almost every area of communications within School District 2. These advances have freed up valuable administrative time directed to instructional leadership. These advances have also enabled the district to reach more students, parents and community members.

School District 6: Deborah Freeze, literacy lead (grades 4 to 8)

Freeze is a tireless promoter of literacy skills. She has helped many students in her capacity as the literacy lead for grades 4 to 8 in School District 6. When she works with teachers, Freeze provides model lessons that are creative, innovative, fun and engaging. Her support gives teachers knowledge and motivation to improve student literacy skills

School District 8: Susan Maloney, Loch Lomond School

Spending time in Maloney's Grade 5 Intensive French classroom has been a welcome experience for students, teachers and co-workers alike. Maloney welcomes colleagues to her room and helps other teachers with their literacy instruction. She is always willing to lend a hand. At Loch Lomond School, every student pays tribute to Maloney when they repeat and follow the school behaviour motto, which she originated in a team brainstorming session: "Loch Lomond Lions R.O.A.R - Respect Others and Accept Responsibility."

School District 10: Sylvia McConkey, mathematics mentor

McConkey has been a mathematics mentor in School District 10 for only five years, but in this time, she has earned the respect of her co-workers for her commitment to quality mathematics instruction. McConkey is a dedicated educator and a passionate student of how people learn mathematics and what one should do for those learners who struggle. She is an avid reader of anything dealing with mathematics education, and she shares what she learns from her reading and her study. McConkey regularly helps teachers with what she considers one of the most important skills: to ask the right questions that probe for deeper understanding at a higher cognitive level while respecting the learner.

School District 14: Lorelei Purvis, teacher, Woodstock Centennial Elementary School

Almost every morning, rain or shine, Purvis is on bus duty at Woodstock Centennial Elementary School. She greets students and their families by name, and they can listen at that time to the music to which she dances. Purvis's upbeat spirit sets the tone for the day for the students. As a physical education teacher and as a grades 4 and 5 teacher, she sets an example of healthy decisions and activities. Purvis involves every child in physical education activities, and she encourages students to be active outside of class and school. Purvis leads after-school activities such as basketball, badminton and cross-country. But her dedication goes further: Purvis cheers on her students - past and present - as they participate in extracurricular sports in the community.

School District 15: Micheal Mortlock, chair, School District 15 Education Council

Mortlock's commitment to quality education is evident in his contributions to inclusive education in School District 15 and the province. A small business owner, Mortlock has devoted himself to volunteer work and leadership in a long list of governance groups and school-related activities. His aim has been the creation of opportunities for all children to participate in quality educational programs regardless of their talents or abilities. Mortlock accepts the time away from his family and business as an investment in achieving the goals of inclusive education.

School District 16: Pat Lange, teacher, Ian Baillie Primary School

There is one brick in the Juno Beach Memorial Wall in France that bears the name of the Ian Baillie Primary School alongside the name of war veteran Pte. Earl Kingston. Students of Ian Baillie Primary School raised funds to pay for that brick; their teacher, Lange, went to Juno Beach; bought the brick; and returned to share a moving presentation with students, families and teachers. For 33 years, Lange has shared a similar degree of commitment, engagement and connection to history with the students in his kindergarten to Grade 3 class and with students, teachers and others throughout the district.

School District 17: Robin Buchanan, physical education mentor / Susan Allen, healthy learner's nurse

During the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games in Vancouver, students and teachers in School District 17 participated in engaging learning experiences that linked cross-curricular outcomes, healthy lifestyles and the Olympic Games. The team that spearheaded the learning activities was Buchanan and Allen, both leaders in the School District 17 Health Action Committee. They involved students and staff in Olympic-related activities that applied the philosophy of the interdependence of health and education: healthy students are better learners, and educated individuals are healthier. They led activities that included an Olympic quilt project, a Stay Active / Eat Like a Champion project; modified indoor and outdoor Olympic activities; and the seventh annual healthy learners challenge.

School District 18: Michael J. Smith, Nashwaaksis Middle School

Smith recognizes the importance of providing a safe, secure and well-structured environment in the classroom. From just such an environment, his students develop a passion for learning unrivalled in today's classroom. Whether overseeing a provincial science fair, leading Grade 8 students on a geocache activity during science class or coaching a soccer game, Smith has the reputation of getting the most out of all his students, regardless of learning and ability levels. This is evident in his advocacy for inclusive, differentiated education.

Provincial awards

Developing a passion for learning: Barbara Buckley

Buckley is a leader in the field of enrichment. Since the mid-1990s, she has championed the Enrichment Triad Model (ETM) in School District 18 and has provided ETM training to hundreds of New Brunswick teachers. Buckley has designed, implemented and co-ordinated numerous enrichment opportunities for students who are high achievers as well as those who struggle.

Numeracy, literacy and science: Paul Dunnett

Dunnett's name is synonymous with science education throughout New Brunswick. Since 1985, Dunnett has taught science at Kennebecasis Valley High School, where he became science department head in 1995. Dunnett has a gift for making science accessible to all students, whether they plan to continue studies in science or not. He also has a talent for making literacy development a natural part of a science class. As an administrator and mentor, Dunnett is recognized for his commitment to excellence in teaching, particularly to instructing hard-to-reach students. Since 1995, he has applied this commitment as a member of the curriculum development advisory committee, addressing every field of science. From 2005 to 2007, his leadership in professional development at the provincial level has resulted in improvements in Program for International School Assessment (PISA) scores and the province's showing in the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program.

Lifetime achievement: Robert Munro

When an educator is recognized for a lifetime achievement, you know that time will be insufficient to describe that achievement, and that was never truer than for Munro. Following years as a classroom teacher at Hampton Consolidated and Millidgeville North schools, Munro spent two years as vice-principal at Kennebecasis Valley High School before becoming that school's principal in 1989. Under his leadership, Kennebecasis Valley High School has consistently been a distinguished school. His style has been to enable teachers to shine, and he has ensured that they have the tools to innovate and lead. He has promoted literacy across the curriculum before this term came into vogue, and under his leadership, Kennebecasis Valley High School was recognized as a leader in inclusion, even before the promise of inclusion appeared in When Kids Come First.

Inclusion: New Brunswick Association for Community Living

Students learn better in an environment where they feel valued and welcome and where all students are able to contribute fully to their school. No organization works harder to make this truth a reality than the New Brunswick Association for Community Living, a provincial non-profit, charitable organization that works with and on behalf of children and adults with an intellectual disability and their families. Since its inception in 1957, the association has worked to ensure that all students, including those with an intellectual disability, learn and participate as valued members in their neighbourhood schools. Through the work of associated, students have benefited greatly: they feel valued and accepted, and they feel able to fully express their true gifts, talents and abilities.

International engagement: Doug Prescott

The 23 flags at the entrance to Riverview High School represent the countries of every international student who has attended the school. The flags convey the notion, "Welcome; we value you." They also are reminders of Prescott's 11 years of involvement in the international exchange program. He is a champion of inclusion and the benefits of international exchange programs. During his involvement, more than 250 students from China have studied at Riverview High School, and in recent years, the school has welcomed students from countries such as Mexico, Japan, Germany and Korea. Prescott interacts with visiting students and promotes cultural and learning opportunities that enable visiting students to experience New Brunswick culture. Ninety-five per cent of Chinese exchange students have gone on to attend Canadian universities following their time at Riverview High School.

Community engagement and partnerships: Sobeys Inc. (Sussex)

One of the goals at Sussex Middle School is to promote empathy and volunteerism. Students there could not have a better example of these virtues than what they see among the management and staff at the Sobeys grocery store in Sussex. For years, the store has been a community partner with the school, supporting fund-raising, student services and pupils. Sobeys has provided price specials and unlimited free bread for breakfast club program at the school.