Five Central Alberta educators honoured for excellence

Five Central Alberta educators went above the call of duty and received a provincial teaching award for their efforts. The 2012 Excellence in Teaching Awards honouring some of education’s best leaders were announced on Friday.

Five Central Alberta educators went above the call of duty and received a provincial teaching award for their efforts. The 2012 Excellence in Teaching Awards honouring some of education’s best leaders were announced on Friday.

Twenty-three teachers and principals were selected from 341 eligible nominations from across Alberta. Twenty teachers received excellence in teaching awards and three others received the SMART Technologies Innovative Use of Technology awards.

David Khatib, principal at St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School, Colette Pedde, vice-principal and teacher at Mattie McCullough Elementary School; Judith McIntyre, a special education co-ordinator, from Our Lady of the Rosary School in Sylvan Lake; Gayla Moore, high school teacher at Olds High School and Darlene Kusick, a Grade 3 teacher, at Olds Elementary School were recipients.

The recipients will be able to access up to $4,000 for professional development. The awards are handed out annually to teachers and principals in Alberta who show leadership, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work collaboratively with colleagues and create positive learning. The award recipients were nominated by students, parents, colleagues and communities.

The recipients will be recognized at ceremony in Calgary on May 26.