Two local teachers receive a Prime Minister’s teaching award
BELLEVILLE – Two local teachers have received a prestigious national award for their dedication to the job.
Queen Victoria School teachers Sheryl Parker and Susie Sewell-Charles were awarded a Certificate of Achievement through the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence.
The annual award is presented to a small handful of elementary and secondary school teachers across the country. Over 1,500 recipients have received recognition for their work through this award since 1993.
Those nominated for the recognition have shown a “commitment to preparing their students for a digital and innovation-based economy,” said a press release from the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board.
Both teachers work together in teaching Grades 1-6 at their school’s Adventure Class. The specialized program delivers the Ontario curriculum to its students through experiential-based learning.
“It is an honour for Sheryl and Susie to receive this prestigious award,” said director of education, Mandy Savery-Whiteway. “They are a dynamic teaching team who are committed to teaching and learning, and who are invested in each and every student in their classroom.”
It was noted that Parker was nominated because of her work in starting campaigns directed at dispelling myths and stereotypes surrounding poverty in schools.
Some of the projects the two teachers embarked upon included having their students build a “giving tree” in which they hung hats, mitts and socks for those in need to take.
Parker noted in the release that she couldn’t have done her work as effectively without the support of her community.
“When someone takes the time to recognize you for your life’s work it is a true honour,” said Parker. This recognition, although given to Susie and myself, is for the team it takes to make meaningful education possible.”
Sewell-Charles echoed Parker in thanking her nominators and added that their hard work was all for the betterment of students in their class.
“I feel very lucky to be able to work with an amazing staff and wonderful parent community to bring learning to life in a unique way for our students,” she said. “It is a privilege to be part of educating the future citizens of our country!”
Both teachers each also received a financial awarded of $1,000.
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