APEGGA Teacher Award Recipients
Helping to Make Alberta Schools "Cool"
By Tracy Sopkow
There are few students these days that would describe their teachers
as "cool." APEGGA, firmly believes that the role teachers' play
in inspiring students is very cool.
Since 1991, the APEGGA Teacher Awards program has been rewarding elementary,
junior and senior high science and math teachers for their dedication
and enthusiasm in shaping the intellectual and creative development of
students, and for their efforts to "Make School Cool." APEGGA
believes that more students will consider engineering, geology and geophysics
as rewarding and interesting careers if their interest in math and science
is nurtured during their primary and secondary school years.
The Association received nearly 800 nomination letters from students,
parents, principals, school administrators and other teachers this spring,
in support of the 138 teachers who were nominated. Volunteer committees
comprised of APEGGA's professional members in each of the nine branch
locations around the province had the tough task of determining the winners.
Fourteen deserving teachers were selected as the recipients of the 2000
APEGGA Teacher Awards. During assemblies held at each of the schools,
recipients were presented with a certificate and awarded $1,000, to be
used at their discretion to promote math and science education. In addition,
special receptions were held in Edmonton and Calgary in August to recognize
all recipients and nominees.
Teachers have used the money to purchase everything from rockets and
microscopes to upgrading school science labs. One teacher even shared
in her good fortunate by allowing other teachers to add their suggestions
to a "wish list," resulting in the purchase of a three-dimensional
eye and bags of gears.
APEGGA encourages its members to become involved with the program by
nominating a deserving teacher at their child's school for a 2001 APEGGA
Teacher Award. Watch for further details in The PEGG or visit the website at www.apegga.org/science
2000 APEGGA Teacher Award Recipients
Gwen Bodie, Tipaskan School (Edmonton);
Shelley Facchinutti, Graminia School (Spruce Grove);
Tamara Keirle, Winfield Elementary School (Winfield);
Herb Belter, Greely Road School (Fort McMurray);
David Anger, Elizabeth School (Cold Lake);
Dave Sherbinin, Glenmary School (Peace River);
Kelly Cogan, Good Shepherd School (Peace River);
Brett Huculak, Viking School (Viking);
Manuela Casagrande, Roche Miette School (Hinton);
Scott Jantzen, Highwood School (High River);
Donna Simon, Erin Woods Elementary School (Calgary);
Richard Baron, Will Sinclair High School (Rocky Mountain House);
Jeanette Wegner, Reed Ranch School (Olds); and
Kelly Wilkinson, St. Mary's Junior High School (Medicine Hat).
Graminia Community School (Spruce Grove) science teacher Shelley Facchinutti
(left) received a 2000 APEGGA Teacher Award for Excellence in Science
Education. Lee Ready, P.Eng., presented Ms. Facchinutti with the award
during a school assembly. (Photo courtesy of the Devon Dispatch News)