The Northern Lights School Division Board of Trustees has selected Laura Akana as its nominee for the Alberta School Boards’ Association 2016 Edwin Parr Teacher Award.
Akana teaches Grade 9 math and science as well as Art 10, 20 and 30 at J.A. Williams High School in Lac La Biche.
“Ms. Akana has immediately established herself as a professional of great integrity and dedication to students,” said JAWS Principal Conal Donovan. “She has enthusiastically embraced the culture of collaborative learning that we value at JAWS. From lunchtime math and science tutorials to helping students discover their artistic side, she has proven that she promotes student success in all its forms. We are excited and proud that she is being honoured with this nomination; it is well deserved.”
Akana noted that NLSD’s mentorship program for first-‐year teachers has helped her transition into her new role by connecting her with other teachers in the school.
“Knowledge is a powerful tool, that can only be achieved through education. I am grateful to have the opportunity to educate so many amazing students and be a positive role model in their lives,” she said. “As a new teacher, I feel privileged to be working within the Northern Lights School Division, a division that truly equips all of its students, and staff, to succeed. It is such a tremendous honour to be nominated for this award.”
The Edwin Parr Teacher Award recognizes outstanding first year teachers. Each school board in Alberta nominates one teacher for the award. Each ASBA zone then chooses a winner. Zone 2/3 will honour Akana and its other Edwin Parr nominees at a banquet on May 22. All zone winners will be honoured at the ASBA’s Fall General Meeting in November.
*Press Release from Northern Lights School Division