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Honours in the South SlaveExcellence in Education Awards recipients named
Northern News Services
Published Tuesday, August 30, 2011
They are the recipients of the South Slave Divisional Education Council's Excellence in Education Awards for 2011.
The winners are Virginia English, a teacher at Lutsel K'e Dene School; Chuck Lirette, a teacher at Diamond Jenness Secondary School in Hay River; regional literacy consultant Janice Fehr; and the Hay River Interagency group.
The awards were presented in Hay River on Aug. 25 at an annual in-service meeting of South Slave educators.
English has been a member of the staff at Lutsel K'e Dene School for eight years and usually teaches Kindergarten to Grade 2.
Among other things, she was praised for encouraging students to read early, take on leadership roles, and take responsibility for their own behaviour and learning.
"It's great to get the award. I wasn't expecting it," English said. "I'm thrilled."
Education is all about teamwork and everyone working together in the interest of students, she said. "And I love what I do."
Lirette, a former principal of Princess Alexandra School, teaches science and math at Diamond Jenness.
The teacher was praised for presenting lessons that captivate, engage and inform students, and for the meticulous research that goes into preparing his lessons.
Lirette said he was very honoured to receive the award and a little bit humbled because there are so many outstanding educators at Diamond Jenness and across the South Slave.
"So it's tough to be just recognized as an individual when there are so many educators that work so hard and put in countless hours for their students in their classrooms," he said.
Fehr was recognized for, among other things, playing a major role in creating and implementing the successful Leadership for Literacy initiative.
She said she feels humbled by the award because there are a lot of teachers in the South Slave who are well-deserving.
"I think every teacher here works hard and diligently," she said. "We're all winners."
The Hay River Interagency group, which is made up of more than 30 organizations, was recognized for its work to combat drug and alcohol abuse.
"It's just a great honour for our group to be recognized for all the hard work," said Jill Taylor, an inclusive schooling co-ordinator in Hay River with the SSDEC and a driving force in the Hay River Interagency group. "It's a very dedicated group, so it was very nice to be recognized."