Congratulations to our two 2016 ETA Award Recipients
Alberta’s education system depends on dedicated teachers and principals to guide students toward their futures and bring communities together. This year’s finalists demonstrate exceptional creativity, dedication and innovation.
Since 1989, more than 500 teachers and principals have received the Excellence in Teaching Awards. Each year, the list of award-winning educators grow. We are proud to share their stories and the impact they have in our communities and classrooms.
Congratulations to our 2 recipients:
H.E. Beriault Catholic High School
Rhonda Nixon has been an educator for 17 years as an elementary, secondary and post-secondary teacher, consultant, district manager, and school principal. In 2012, she earned a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in Language and Literacy Education and received the Canadian Association of Teacher Education Dissertation Award for her thesis. This year, she received the Catholic Education Leadership Award for her work as a principal.
Rhonda dedicates herself to caring for the most vulnerable in her community. She began a student leadership team, “The Breakfast Club” that educates students on how to eat healthy while also preparing food for them weekly. In addition to this, Rhonda developed a blended learning environment in her school that offers students an alternative location to learn, supported by extra teacher support and a mental health team, including a psychologist. Rhonda also teaches English and works with teams of teachers to ensure that all students have excellent literacy instruction.
Archbishop MacDonald High School
Rania is an experienced educator whose mission is to prepare her students for life beyond graduation. She is a passionate French Immersion and International Baccalaureate teacher, as well as a leader who shares her knowledge and expertise with her colleagues.
As a strong advocate for student-centered approaches to second language instruction, Rania provides opportunities for students to personalize their learning and, at the same time, fosters a real sense of community in her classes. She supports school events to contribute to an overall school climate of warmth and welcome.
Rania is a lifelong learner and risk taker. This year, she took the lead in developing project-based learning units and she worked closely with the Centre for Global education in order to bring the real world into her classroom. Rania created the first ever French-speaking video conference in North America and has been selected to lead the same project for her school district.
2016 Excellence in Teaching Awards Nominees and Semi-Finalists
Congratulations to all 22 teachers and school administrators in the District who have been nominated for the Provincial 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award!
In addition, two semi-finalists have now been named and they are: Rania Eshak from Archbishop MacDonald and Rhonda Nixon from H. E. Beriault
. On June 4th at a special event in Calgary, a total of 20 teachers/ school administrators from throughout the province will be recipients of the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award .