Education plays a huge role in our society and we all know how important teachers are to our education system.
In Alberta, we are fortunate to have one of the best education systems in the world and also some of the best teachers.
Each year, Alberta’s teachers and principals are honoured for inspiring students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 for their contributions to the teaching profession.
This year, 135 semi-finalists, including our very own Angela Mueller, from Our Lady of the Rosary School in Sylvan Lake, and Teri Patterson, from Spruce View School, are being recognized as part of the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Awards. They were selected from 326 eligible nominations.
Award nominees must show leadership, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work collaboratively with colleagues, and create positive learning environments that motivate students to excel.
The program recognizes semi-finalists across the province at regional celebrations. In addition, semi-finalists can access up to $1,500 for professional development.
From the 135 semi-finalists, 23 award recipients will be selected and honoured in Edmonton on May 28 at a dinner and awards ceremony.
Twenty award recipients will be able to access up to $4,000 for professional development, while three teachers who receive the SMART Technologies Innovative Use of Technology Awards will receive a comprehensive technology package, which includes a SMART board.
Albertans have celebrated Excellence in Teaching since 1989, with more than 8,000 teachers nominated and more than 450 award recipients.
For more information about the Excellence in Teaching Awards, visit www.education.alberta.ca and click on the teachers tab.
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