Saturday , 31 July 2021

Light of Christ Catholic teacher nominated for provincial award

Lakeland Catholic Schools have announced they have nominated Haley Ozga for the Edwin Parr Award this year.

The Edwin Parr Award recognizes outstanding first-year teachers in Alberta. Every year school divisions nominate an exceptional first-year teacher for this award. Recipients from each zone will be announced this spring.

Haley is a first-year teacher at Light of Christ Catholic School in Lac La Biche. She teaches senior high Social Studies, junior and senior high English Language Arts, junior high math and a variety of option classes.

“I am very honoured to be nominated for such a prestigious award,” said Ozga in a release.

“I owe much of my growth in this profession to those whom I have worked with in my post-secondary education and at Light of Christ Catholic School this year. To those who have been so gracious with their time and expertise, I am truly grateful.”

LCSD said Ozga is an exceptional new teacher who demonstrates exemplary beginning practice in the areas of positive relationships, lifelong learning, instructional strategies, student assessment and evaluation, knowledge of diverse learning styles, and the ability to meet the needs of diverse learners.

“Haley builds positive and productive relationships with students, parents/guardians, peers and others in the school and local community to support student learning,” the release says.

“Haley models the Christian values that we permeate within our school community. Steward leadership is evident as she builds relationships that support both students and staff with success. Haley engages in professional learning and ongoing critical reflection to improve her teaching and learning. She is a true team player who thrives on collaboration with her colleagues.”

Edwin Parr was a school board Trustee and president of the Alberta School Trustees Association from 1956-1962. To honour his legacy, ASBA (the Alberta School Boards’ Association) established this award in his name in 1964.

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