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Monday , 28 September 2020
Left to right: Pamela Guilbault, deputy superintendent, Vincent MacDonald, Bonnyville trustee, Diane Bauer, board chairperson, Katelynne Ringuette, teacher and Edwin Parr winner for zone 2/3, Margaret Borders, board vice-chairperson, Joe Arruda, superintendent. Image supplied.

Notre Dame teacher wins outstanding novice instructor award

Lakeland Catholic School Division is proud to announce that Katelynne Ringuette won the 2020 Edwin Parr Teacher Award.

Ringuette is going into her second year of teaching at École Notre Dame High School in Bonnyville and is also a proud alumna of Lakeland Catholic.

“I am so incredibly honored to be a recipient of Edwin Parr Recipient for Zone 2/3. I was humbled to be the nominee for Lakeland Catholic, a division with so many outstanding and deserving first year teachers,” said Ringuette.

This award recognizes outstanding first-year teachers in Alberta. School divisions annually nominate an exceptional first-year teacher for this award.

Every year, the Alberta School Boards’ Association (ASBA) honours six exemplary teachers in Alberta with this award.

A virtual celebration was held at Central Office during the evening on August 27.

“I am so grateful for all of the people who’ve helped and supported me throughout the year, and who make me look forward to coming into work each day.”

Katelynne pictured with her family. Image supplied.

What makes Ringuette’s instruction exemplary is the manner in which she engages students in their learning. Through choice, reflection, critical thinking and synthesis, students are challenged to strive for excellence in every task.

Ringuette’s ability to foster effective relationships is well aligned with her school’s vision, Education is for Life.

Ringuette has a truly genuine, caring, and nurturing disposition with her students. She treats every student she encounters throughout her day with kindness and compassion, as a unique creation of God.

Lakeland Catholic School Division is very proud of Ringuette for receiving this prestigious award and for her commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.

“Teaching is a profession that requires passion, time, and a willingness to learn; it is nice to be recognized and to know that I am doing something right,” she said.

“I’m excited to start a new year, challenges and all, and to continue to grow as a teacher.”

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connect Media. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.