Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of June 8, 2008
Teachers honoured for professional excellence
"Everything I do is for the kids and for their community, making sure they are receiving the best teaching practices."
Evaristo believes in the importance of getting parents involved in the education of their children. "We are all working together to reach a common goal and the goal is the success of the child.
"If someone is struggling I make sure I may be able to work with their parents and people at the school that may be able to help them to ensure that they experience success."
Evaristo, 30, introduced technology in the classroom through Smart boards and helped his colleagues implement them as well. "Technology engages the kids," he says. "I use the technology in different aspects of the curriculum - science, social, math."
Lisa Hailes, a Grade 2 teacher at Anne Fitzgerald School, "is just a good teacher who cares about her students and who uses a lot of strategies to reach each child," says principal Lesia Huk.
"She is a good role model for everybody and she is a good mentor for teachers in our school."
"Like all the teachers, I've tried to work with the students to help them to be the best that they can be," says Hailes, 28. "I try to help them, not only with education, but with their lives, letting them know they are loved and supported in all that they do."
Hailes also tries to inspire her students to get involved in the community by making sandwiches for the Youth Emergency Shelter.
This year, on Hailes' initiative, Anne Fitzgerald School had its first student faith development day, with speakers from the school district, Aboriginal Learning Services and St. John Bosco Parish - all under the theme It's More Blessed to Give than to Receive.
Susan Makale has been the principal of Ben Calf Robe-St. Clare Catholic School for the past two years.
The teaching staff nominated Makale for the award because, under her administration, the school has grown and refocused as a learning community.
The goal of the school is to provide a holistic, culturally relevant Catholic education that builds on the strengths and values of aboriginal families. Spirituality permeates everything the school does.
"We are a very diverse community; we offer lots of programs and enhancements as a foundation, but we really over the past couple of years focused on giving kids the tools that they need to be successful in school," Makale explained.
Ben Calf Robe also provides an array of services, including social supports that the students need to learn and succeed. The school also puts in supports for kids who are struggling with making good behavioural choices.
"We coach them and work with them to make the best decisions in terms of their own health and well-being and in terms of being part of the community," Makale explains.
Grant Gosse is the resource room coordinator and the Challenge Program leader at St. Patrick's Community School in the Red Deer. He is also a relief principal, learning coach, technology coordinator, report card coordinator and ATA representative.
Known for his infectious laughter and kindness, Gosse seeks progress, not perfection, with students who are often surprised by all that they can accomplish. Through positive reinforcement he encourages and celebrates even the smallest achievements in the students he helps.
As the school's learning coach, Gosse regularly meets with kindergarten to Grade 9 staff to help them with new curriculum, resources and teaching strategies.
"I'm probably one of the very lucky people that gets the opportunity to do what they really enjoy doing."
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