Rebecca Clarke has been selected by our Board of Trustees to represent Clearview as our nominee for the 2019 Alberta School Board Association (ASBA) Zone 4 Edwin Parr Teacher Award.
Rebecca is in her first year teaching at Gus Wetter School.
The Edwin Parr Award recognizes outstanding work by first-year teachers in Alberta.
Established in 1964, it represents quality teaching and exemplary work.
In her nomination letter, Vice-Principal Debby Hronek wrote, “It is with privilege that I nominate Rebecca Clarke for the Edwin Parr Award and I feel that she is an excellent candidate for this prestigious recognition.
“She is a dedicated teacher who is always looking for ways to ensure each of her students is receiving the best education she can give to them.”
The ASBA Zone 4 nominees will be celebrated at a banquet on May 27, 2019, in Innisfail where the Zone 4 winner will be announced.
Rebecca was born in Stettler and grew up on a farm just outside of Gadsby.
She attended Botha School and then the Stettler complex; graduating from Wm. E. Hay in 2012.
After taking a year off, she started a five-year concurrent degree program at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.
She convocated in June 2018 with a Bachelor of Education, specializing in Secondary English, and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and minoring in History.
“I am honoured and humbled to be nominated for the Edwin Parr award,” said Rebecca Clarke. “I feel very fortunate to belong to such a supportive and inspiring community.”
In addition to teaching, Clarke managed the Sr. Boys’ Volleyball team, helped organize Operation Christmas Child and is currently helping with the yearbook committee.
She has really enjoyed working with students outside of the classroom and getting to see students succeed in something they feel passionate about.
Outside of school, Clarke has been curling in the Castor Curling Club Ladies League.
She enjoys knitting and crocheting and attending craft markets with her products.
Since moving back to the area, she has enjoyed being closer to family and spends most of her free time with family and friends.
Principal Daram Van Oers said, “Rebecca is teaching Grades 3 and 4 Language Arts and Science, as well as many English classes this year – some of which are combined classes.
“Rebecca is demonstrating excellent skills in classroom management, planning and lesson delivery. Her students are equally engaged in their learning whether we are talking Grade 3 Science or English 30-1 students.
Van Oers continued, “Rebecca’s calm and caring demeanour, her professionalism and her confident and competent manner ensure students feel safe and secure in her classroom and in learning activities, and has helped Rebecca establish a strong rapport with all age and variety of students.
“Rebecca is also active in many school-based extracurricular activities as well as her own professional learning.”
“Rebecca is an excellent candidate for the Edwin Parr Award,” Superintendent Barron stated proudly. “She embodies all the qualities we look for in a first-year teacher.
“She is innovative, hardworking and dedicated to her students. We wish her all the best at the next stage of this competition, and for the rest of the school year.”