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Teacher Sheryl Parker named Educator of the Year!

The saying, Life is an adventure, is true most days for Sheryl Parker. The Adventure Class teacher at Queen Victoria School has been chosen as Educator of the Year for 2010!

A teacher for 25 years, Parker has spent the past 15 years developing and teaching the Adventure Class. This unique program is an alternative approach to education, utilizing parent/guardian involvement in the classroom. The Adventure Class maintains the philosophy of nurturing the social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth of the whole child, within an open-minded, family-based learning community.

Parker and the Adventure Class have been compared to Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus television cartoon. Although there is no ‘magic bus’ involved, Parker takes her students on an endless stream of field trips to gain knowledge and experience fresh perspectives through hands-on learning. Parker has integrated the belief It takes a community to raise a child into her daily classroom activities by implementing an open-door policy for parents to participate in their child’s education.

Parker will be honoured and presented with the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award for Educator of the Year at an afternoon reception. All are welcome to attend the event.

DATE: Thursday, May 6
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Bay of Quinte Country Club, 1830 Old Highway 2, Belleville.

Across Ontario, Education Week will be celebrated from May 3 to 7, 2010. Education Week is an annual event celebrated by school boards and schools. It is a time for students, teachers and parents/guardians to celebrate teaching excellence and student achievement. This year’s theme is Preparing Our Students for Future Success.

The Educator of the Year Award, also known as the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award, has existed for 44 years in Hastings and Prince Edward counties. Nominations are accepted for for any person who has rendered meritorious service to education in the two counties. The nominee must be active in education during the current year.

Sir Mackenzie Bowell, who died in 1917, was prominently known for being Canada’s fifth prime minister, serving from 1894-1896. He was an advocate for education in Hastings County. Prior to serving in parliament, he was elected and served as the chairperson for the Belleville Board of Education from 1856 to 1867.

For more information, please contact: Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]