HALIFAX, Nov. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Nova Scotia Teachers Union is
recognizing ten of its members through its Teachers Make a Difference recognition program for making an impact in the lives of their
students. The recognition program, which took place during the month of
October, encouraged students to nominate a teacher who has made a big
difference in their lives, and contributed to their school and
community. It garnered 445 nominations representing 263 teachers. Each
recognized recipient of the Teachers Make a Difference program will receive a $300 donation towards their home school or
campus' breakfast or library program.
"Teachers make a difference by not only developing minds and skills, but
focusing on students' hearts, hopes and dreams," says NSTU president
Shelley Morse. "Teachers care about the needs of all children and youth
and are responsive to their varied strengths and needs. These ten
teachers represent all teachers in the province."
The following NSTU members are being recognized as teachers who make a
difference: Brenda Burt, a science teacher at Richmond Academy; Louise Graham, a Grade 6 teacher at Bridgewater Elementary School; Nicole LeBlanc a music teacher from École NDA in Cheticamp; Celine Leclerc a Grade 2 teacher at Digby Elementary School; Bill Malloy a Grade 5-6 teacher at Shannon Park Elementary School in Dartmouth;
APSEA (Atlantic Provinces' Special Education Authority) teacher Kate McCara who works with students who are deaf or hard of hearing in the Halifax
Regional School Board; Michael McPhee, a drama teacher at Glace Bay High School; Joan Porter, an English teacher at North Nova Education Centre in New Glasgow;
Community College faculty member Trevor Reddick who teaches in the Human Services & School of Access department of the
NSCC, Pictou Campus; and Steve Wohlmuth, global geography teacher at Central Kings Rural High School.
Some of the reasons cited by students in their nominations as to why
their teachers make a difference include: demonstrating kindness and
dedication, encouraging the best out of each and every student, being
an inspiration, instilling passion to drive and succeed, and making
learning fun. Throughout the month of November a series of four
60-second vignettes will be broadcast on CTV, which will focus on the
ways teachers make a difference and will announce the selected NSTU
members. The vignettes are also posted on the NSTU's website at nstu.ca
through its YouTube station at youtube.com/nstuwebcast.
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union represents more than 10,600 public school
teachers, Community College faculty and professional support staff and
teachers who work for the Atlantic Provinces Special Education
Authority. Since 1895, it has worked to improve the quality of public
education in Nova Scotia.
SOURCE: NOVA SCOTIA TEACHERS UNION
For further information:
Angela Murray, NSTU Public Relations Coordinator
Telephone: 902-479-4708, Cell: 902-497-0194, Email: email@example.com