A teacher from Ecole Plamondon School recently received an award for her ongoing work in early childhood education.
Adrienne Peoples-Sprecker teaches kindergarten. She used to work for the Northern Lights Public School Division as a learning consultant.
The ECEC Lifetime Achievement award is presented to a member of the Early Childhood Education Council Alberta’s Teacher Association who has contributed to the field of early childhood education by exemplifying the philosophy of the Early Childhood Education Council and who has taken action to promote this philosophy.
“You know, I was very surprised because I think there are so many advocates,” Peoples-Sprecker said. “So many worthy people across the province, that really, really love that early childhood philosophy and work hard collaboratively, to make a difference within their communities, I think I was flabbergasted. But on the other hand, I was very honored.”
Peoples-Sprecker has worked in early childhood education for her entire career. She said she loves the early age group and one of her favorite things in her career was supporting kids who had speech and language delays or needs.
She also loves to support families by interacting and encouraging them to progress and have opportunities to share time at home with her students.
Her passion for early childhood started when she first started teaching kindergarten but then she quickly moved to teaching preschool age students. Peoples-Sprecker enjoys supporting any children between the age of two and a half to five-years-old.
Although this is a lifetime achievement award Peoples-Sprecker said she still has lots to achieve. She was nominated by her colleagues and was very surprised that she was chosen.
“I think I still have lots to achieve. But that being said, it was quite the honor,” Peoples-Sprecker said. “And it allowed me to realize that my colleagues because generally you’re nominated by a colleague for that award. I felt very humbled to be recognized by my colleagues.”
Peoples-Sprecker says she thinks educators as a whole are pretty terrific people, and you won’t find a teacher that isn’t looking out for the needs of kids.
“I think it’s pretty astounding to work with any educators,” She said. “I also work at Portage College in the evenings for the early childhood learning and childcare programs as an instructor. So one of the things that I love is that I get to work with the little guys in the day. And then I get to teach adults how to work with kids in the evening.”