of Their Teacher
Award recipient Rose Oishi (left) with Brander Garden
School Grade 3 class and Principal Carol Wolanski (right).
BY JEANNE KEASCHUK
Senior Outreach Coordinator
"Mr. Barth loves his job. The excitement and enthusiasm
he has towards science make me want to learn more. He tells
us science never sucks. Science classes with Mr. Barth are
never boring and learning is quick. He makes science class
a good place to be."
Comments like these from McCoy High School students in Medicine
Hat made it crystal clear to judges of the APEGGA Teacher
Awards that Glen Barth is turning students on to science.
Small wonder that he was selected as one of the 13 Alberta
award recipients in APEGGA's 13th annual Tell Us Who Makes
School Cool Teacher Awards Program.
Mr. Barth was ecstatic about receiving the award. He quipped
that his award will officially make him and his wife equal
as science teachers - Shannon Barth of St. Thomas Aquinas
School received an APEGGA Teacher Award in 1998.
Students, parents, colleagues and school administrators around
the province, 623 of them, took the time to nominate 127 math
and science teachers for the awards. The program recognizes
and celebrates science and math teachers in elementary, junior
and senior high schools for the excellence they demonstrate
in shaping the intellectual and creative development of students,
as well as their outstanding efforts to "make school
At a school ceremony, each award recipient is presented with
a certificate and a $1,000 school donation to improve teaching
or student learning in science, math or both. APEGGA also
hosts events to honour each award recipient.
Members who judged the nominations in each APEGGA branch and
the Edmonton area were treated to a memorable and enjoyable
experience. Through their comments about teaching methods
and outpouring of heartfelt thanks and appreciation, nominators
portrayed exemplary, dedicated and talented teachers who practice
the supreme art of teaching as described by Albert Einstein:
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in
creative expression and knowledge."
"Mr. Zalasky wants us to realize that we need math to
get into college or university. He wants us to do our best
so that a lot of doors open for us in the future. Thank you,
Mr. Zalasky, for pushing us to strive for bigger and better
things in life."
Dennis Zalasky, who teaches senior high math at St. Matthews
Catholic School in Rocky Mountain House, received a standing
ovation from the school at a surprise presentation.
"This was a total shock and surprise. It is overwhelming.
The comments from students and colleagues mean the world to
me," said Mr. Zalasky. "I am familiar with APEGGA
and its Teacher Awards program. I know the high standards
of the organization and it is held in high regard. To get
this award is truly special. It is an honour to be in the
same company of so many talented teachers who APEGGA has selected
as award recipients."
"Mrs. Oishi gives us great experiments. It is so cool
when she ties art and writing into science."
"Rose is a master teacher in both the sciences and humanities.
She teaches her students to love learning, to ask questions,
to think, to test ideas and to persist."
Grade 3 teacher Rose Oishi at Brander Gardens School in Edmonton
accepted her award in front of a cheering school assembly.
She thanked and recognized APEGGA for the award and for encouraging
math and science learning in schools and the community.
Brander Gardens Principal Carol Wolanski, who received a 1996
APEGGA Teacher Award, commended APEGGA as well. "This
award recognizes what can be accomplished by an outstanding
teacher in the areas of math and science," said Ms. Wolanski.
"The monetary award benefits and enriches programming
for students. Thank you to the members of APEGGA."
APEGGA extends appreciation and thanks to the following teachers
listed at right, who excel in their profession, as well as
in their efforts to promote science and math education in
2003 APEGGA TEACHER AWARD RECIPIENTS
Aurora Charter School, Edmonton
Ecole St. Gerard Roman Catholic Separate
School, Grande Prairie
Win Ferguson Community School, Fort Saskatchewan
Brander Gardens School, Edmonton
E.H. Walter School, Paradise Valley
Westwood Community High School, Fort McMurray
Jubilee Junior High School, Edson
McCoy High School, Medicine Hat
Silver Springs Elementary School, Calgary
Westmount Charter School, Calgary
Gem School, Gem
Vauxhall Junior Senior High School, Vauxhall
St. Matthews Catholic School, Rocky Mountain