Our teachers do an excellent job for our youth and we are proud to recognize them

Educators have the challenging and rewarding job of encouraging students to enjoy learning. By modelling positive behaviours for students, teachers do an outstanding job of preparing youth for the journey of life-long learning.

Educators have the challenging and rewarding job of encouraging students to enjoy learning. By modelling positive behaviours for students, teachers do an outstanding job of preparing youth for the journey of life-long learning. Alberta’s Excellence in Teaching Awards Program provides us all an opportunity to give special thanks to teachers and principals who have played an extraordinary role in enhancing our learning experiences and helping us to succeed.

The nominees for the Excellence in Teaching Awards are teachers and principals who use creativity and innovation to motivate students to succeed.

They show leadership and work with their teaching colleagues to create a positive school climate, and are champions for their schools and for their students.

Each nominee is recognized for their work by both their peers and their community. Nominations for the awards must include support from the nominee’s principal or superintendent, a teaching colleague, and a member of the public. Semi-finalists and award recipients are selected by a committee made up of various representatives from the education community.

To recognize all semi-finalists and award recipients for their outstanding contributions, the 20 teachers who receive Provincial Excellence in Teaching Awards can access up to $4,000 for professional development, and semi-finalists can access up to $1,500 for professional development. The three teachers who receive SMARTer Kids Foundation Innovative Use of Technology Awards continue to receive a comprehensive technology package, which includes a SMART board.

Every eligible nominated teacher will receive a certificate signed by the Education Minister to recognize their tremendous work in helping students succeed. From the 338 eligible nominees, 136 semi-finalists have been selected and invited to attend a special celebration in Edmonton or Calgary in April. The 23 award recipients will be formally honoured at a dinner and awards ceremony with the Education Minister in Calgary on May 29, 2010.

If you know a teacher or principal who has made a difference in a child’s life or in your community, I encourage you to nominate them for next year’s Excellence in Teaching Awards. Nomination forms for the 2011 awards will be available in the fall. More information about the awards program is available at www.education.alberta.ca/teachers/excellence.aspx.

As the MLA for Drumheller-Stettler I am always available to assist constituents.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact one of my Constituency Offices at Stettler 403-742-4284; Hanna 403-854-4333; Drumheller 403-823-8181 or in Edmonton at 780-427-2137. Also please subscribe to my e-newsletter at http://hayden.mypcmla.ca/