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Celebrating our Edwin Parr Nominee!

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Congratulations to first year teacher, Ms. Gabby Brazinskaite, who has been selected as NGPS’ nominee for the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA), Edwin Parr Teacher Award!

Ms. Brazinskaite captured the attention of Fox Creek School administration during their very first interaction and has continued to impress leadership, from both the school and the Division, each day since. Her natural talent in the classroom allows her to connect with students and families in a meaningful and supportive way. Strong pedagogy and professionalism are evident in her thorough planning, effective instructional practices, extensive assessment, skillful classroom management, respectful relationships, and positive communication.

Ms. Brazinskaite instructs a Kindergarten/Grade 1 split morning class, and a Kindergarten afternoon class, both of which present extremely diverse and complex learning needs. Ms. Brazinskaite has skillfully navigated an inclusive learning environment where each student is supported.

Fox Creek Principal Ian Baxter shares the school's pride in Ms. Brazinskaite's nomination:

"Gabby is an exceptional teacher who demonstrates a passion and gift for education. She is extremely deserving of this nomination for her hard work, dedication and outstanding abilities."

Ms. Brazinskaite is a positive and active member of both the school and greater community. From advocating for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and developing relationships with colleagues, to chaperoning school dances and attending local community events, Gabby is committed to connecting with and enriching the community.

Congratulations Ms. Brazinskaite! Thank you for choosing NGPS and Fox Creek School!

The Alberta School Boards’ Association established the Edwin Parr Teacher Award to honour outstanding first year teachers in Alberta, in memory of Mr. Edwin Parr, a respected and loved teacher from the Athabasca area. 

Who was Edwin Parr?

Those who knew Edwin Parr describe him as a person intensely concerned with the education of children. So great was his interest that he sacrificed much of his own time to ensure the children in his area received an education equal to or better than that available to urban students.

Mr. Parr, who participated in selecting new teachers, stressed to the applicants that they must go beyond the duties normally expected of teachers.Edwin Parr’s interest in first-year teachers lead to his school division instituting an “Annual Teacher Award.” He encouraged the Alberta School Trustees’ Association to consider a similar award at the provincial level but his dream was not realized in his time.

In searching for a way to perpetuate the memory of a man who served as the Alberta School Trustees’ Association’s president from 1956 to 1962 and to honour the profession he so deeply respected, the Association established the Edwin Parr Teacher Award.  

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