Sudbury teacher honored by her peers

OTTAWA, March 18 /CNW Telbec/ - A teacher at École élémentaire publique Jeanne-Sauvé in Sudbury has been honored by the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens for her exceptional contribution to French-language education and the teaching profession.

Nicole Gravelle was presented with the Mérite franco-ontarien en éducation, at the Franco-Ontarian Teachers' Association's 2010 Policy Convention held this week in Ottawa.

For many years, Nicole Gravelle has enriched the life of her students and colleagues at school by organizing many activities which aim to develop a sense of belonging, cultural pride and parent participation. A daily breakfast program, an annual family fair, theme days and sport outings are but some of her numerous projects. A monthly lunch with local community leaders rewards civic-minded students.

Her concern for students' health has led her to develop an ambitious physical activity program which has won many awards. Each winter, she builds a skating and hockey rink in the school yard. Through community partnerships she has developed, namely with the Sudbury Wolves, the school has acquired the necessary equipment to keep students physically active.

"Nicole Gravelle's dedication to the students, her imaginative ideas, her generosity and her capacity to inspire her colleagues has created a culture of sharing and co-operation at her school, says AEFO President, Benoit Mercier. Mrs. Gravelle is an inspiring role model for all who aspire to a teaching career."

AEFO represents 9,500 teachers and education workers in Ontario's French-language elementary and secondary schools, both Catholic and public, and workers in other French-language establishments.

PHOTO: AEFO President Benoit Mercier presents the Mérite franco-ontarien en éducation Award to Sudbury teacher, Nicole Gravelle.

SOURCE Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO)

For further information: For further information: Marie-Élisabeth Brunet, Communications Officer, (613) 244-2336, (613) 850-6410 (cellular)

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